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Black Prince Conference

Black Prince Conference

Canterbury Cathedral is proud to present its first Conservation and Collections Conference – The Black Prince: Man, Mortality & Myth 16 and 17 November 2017.

This two-day conference will be attended by world renowned experts who have undertaken research into the Black Prince, his life, his legacy and material culture.

Delegates will have opportunities to visit the Cathedral Archives and Library to view documents and records relating to the Black Prince and to take part in special tours with access to rarely seen parts of the Cathedral.

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite

Wednesday 15 November

  • The Conference Welcome Reception

    An evening drinks reception and opportunity to join one of the following:

    • An evening Crypt tour and to visit the Black Prince’s Chantry
    • A visit to the Cathedral Archives and Library
    • A climb up to the Nave roof to see the current conservation work

    Delegates will need to be fit and able to climb stairs to participate in some of these tours. Arrival at Cathedral House at 18.15 for 18.30 start. Drinks reception after the tours 19.30 in Chapter House.

    Please note: Tickets £15 and are on sale to delegates only – you must have purchased a ticket for at least one of the conference days to be eligible for this opening event – exceptions to this will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Arrival from 18.30.

Thursday 16 November

  • Papers to be presented include a review of research on the Black Prince and those examining chivalry, display and death, remembrance, power and changing perspectives and architecture and cultural depictions of the Black Prince and his family.
  • Registration and coffee from 08.30 in Cathedral Lodge Foyer

  • Session One – Introduction to conference

    09.30 Welcome and introduction
    09.45 Key note speech: Richard Barber ‘Portrait of a prince: contemporary images of the Black Prince’

  • 10.45 Coffee/tea break in Kentish Barn
  • Session Two – Chivalry, display and death

    11.00 Christopher-Given Wilson ‘Edward, Prince of Wales, and Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France: Chivalry and Rivalry in Life and Death’
    11.30 David Green ‘The tomb of Edward, The Black Prince – context and incongruities’
    12.00 Michael Jones ‘The Black Prince, the battle of Poitiers and the decision to be buried in Canterbury Cathedral’
    12.30 Questions with the panel

  • 12.45 Lunch in Kentish Barn
  • Session Three – Remembrance, power and changing perspectives (part1)

    13.45 Neil Murphy ‘The Black Prince, John II of France and the Display of Royal Power, 1356-60’
    14.15 Francis Woodman ‘Joan, ’Fair Maid of Kent’ and her legacy at Canterbury’
    14.45 Questions with the panel

  • 15.00 Coffee/tea break in Kentish Barn
  • Session Four – Remembrance, power and changing perspectives (part 2)

    15.20 Godfried Croenen ‘A comparison between the Life of the Black Prince by Chandos Herald and the Chronicles of Jean Froissart’
    15.50 Rory Loughnane ‘Shakespeare and the Black Prince’
    16.20 Questions with the panel

  • 16.40 Closing Remarks

    17.00 End of day one

  • A special evening lecture in the Cathedral itself

    Tim Tatton Brown ‘The architectural history of the Trinity Chapel and Crypt’.

    Location: The Cathedral’s Western Crypt.
    Please note: Tickets £15. This ticket is not included in the full conference or day tickets and needs to be purchased separately.
    Arrival 18.30, talk 18.45-19.45 followed by drinks reception.

Friday 17 November

  • The second day of the conference includes presentations on the Black Prince’s tomb, effigy and achievements, their place in military and social history and papers examining new information uncovered through recent conservation and scientific analysis. There will also be presentations on the art, symbolism and iconography of the Black Prince and his place in the history of the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • 08.15 Registration and coffee in Cathedral Lodge Foyer

  •  Session One – The effigy, armour and the achievements (part 1 – history and analysis)

    09.30 Welcome

    09.45 Jessica Barker, Emily Pegues, Graeme McArthur ‘An art-historical and scientific analysis of the tomb effigy of the black prince in Canterbury cathedral’

    10.15 Tobias Capwell ‘The realities of the effigy and the armour it depicts, and a comparison to the achievements

    10.45 Karen Watts ‘The Black Prince’s Coat Armour’
    11.00 Lisa Monnas ‘Secular embroideries for Edward III and for the Black Prince: a comparison’
    11.30 Questions with the panel

  • 11.45 Coffee/tea break in Kentish Barn
  • Session Two – The effigy, armour and the achievements – (part 2 – analysis and conservation)

    12.00 Nikki Martin and Peter Genower ‘Evidence for the Achievements at Canterbury Cathedral’

    12.15 Yvette Fletcher ‘Leather conservation work carried out on the achievements in 2016′

    12.45 Alan Williams ‘The metallurgy of Medieval Helmets’
    13.15 Questions with the panel

  • 13.30 Lunch in Kentish Barn
  • Session Three – Art, symbolism and iconography

    14.30 Marie-Louise Sauerberg and Helen Howard ‘Polychromy in Canterbury around the Black Prince (including the tester)’

    15.00 Lloyd de Beer ‘A throne between two feather badges: towards an iconology of the Black Prince’

    15.30 Sophie Kelly and Jayne Wackett ‘The Black Prince’s Devotion to the “most lofty Trinity” in life and death’
    16.00 Questions with the panel

  • 16.15 Coffee/tea break in Kentish Barn
  • Session Four

    16.30 Barbara Gribling ‘Chivalrous Conqueror: The Celebration of the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England’
    17.00 Questions with the panel

  • 17.15 Closing Remarks

    17.45 End of day two and the conference


Friday Evening Dinner talk

Jonathan Sumption, ‘The King Who Never Reigned‘.
A talk on ‘The Black Prince: The King Who Never Reigned’ from Justice of the Supreme Court and revered historian, Jonathan Sumption. Followed by a 3-course meal.
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, 18.30 arrival, drinks reception from 18.45. Talk starts at 19.00 with dinner served from 20.00
Tickets £59 HERE

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers at:

Canterbury Cathedral reserves the right to make changes to the programme without previous notification.

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