December 2019

Canterbury Cathedral Through Three Lives

Welcome to the Arts Society North Lincolnshire
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 13:30
Oaklands Hotel
Barton St Laceby DN37 7LE

Learn how Thomas Becket, King Henry IV and Cardinal Morton were linked to Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral tell the story of a nation. This talk breaks that complex tale down through focusing on three individuals: Thomas Becket, who was dramatically slain in the cathedral in December 1170 and brought about an enormous pilgrim trade celebrated by Chaucer; King Henry IV, the only king to be buried there and deemed responsible for the Wars of the Roses; and Cardinal Morton, who completed the building by creating the central tower, and whose tomb remains in the crypt, laden with symbols revealing his preoccupations just decades before the Dissolution transformed the land he knew.


Dr Jonathan Foyle

Dr Jonathan Foyle was Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain for eight years, and a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for as long, during which time he took his 2002 PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's palace. He is a frequent feature writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft, and is approaching his fourth published cathedral monograph: Canterbury, Lincoln, Lichfield - now Peterborough. A presenter of numerous television series including BBC4's Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? and BBC2's Climbing Great Buildings, he lectures frequently on a range of art-historical topics. He brings teaching experience as a former Course Director for the University of Cambridge Summer Schools and is an Honorary Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln.