the later Middle Ages, the monstrance was
the more common way of displaying the Eucharist to the faithful. Its shape
was at first a box with a clear circular window that stood on a pedestal.
By the sixteenth century it became extremely elaborate, often looking like
a great sunburst, or a tower. The monstrance could more easily be carried to great effect
in processions, such as those of Corpus Christi that Margery Kempe mentions: "solemn procession with many candles and great solemnity (that) went through
the town" (Ch. 45). See late 15th century monstrance with elaborate Gothic spires.