Heraldry in the Cloister
Dr Paul Fox, author of Great Cloister: A Lost Canterbury Tale will present to Friends the results of his study of the heraldry, genealogy and history of the Canterbury Cathedral Cloister.
It is the first comprehensive and complete study of this monument ever undertaken. Dr Fox will explain to Friends how the Cloister was a personal project of Archbishop Thomas Arundel (d.1414), an individual closely connected with the overthrow of King Richard II, and offer considerable insights into the revolution of 1399 and the troubled reign of Henry IV as seen through the lens of individual families.
The cloister, as originally conceived, contained 856 heraldic shields, badges and devices of which 576 were unique. Some 365 families (including those of three Royal houses), principalities, God himself (in the form of the Holy Trinity), religious foundations and other individuals both real and imagined were represented, some with more than one shield or device.
Dr Paul A. Fox, FHS, FSA is a retired consultant physician, medical researcher and university lecturer. He is the honorary editor of Coat of Arms: Journal of the Heraldry Society, a former Chairman of the Heraldry Society, and an Academician of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique.
£8 Friends, £10 non-members, includes tea and coffee on arrival.