Canterbury Celebrates 1000 Years of History

From canterbury.ac.uk: A unique glimpse into 1000 years of Canterbury’s history was unveiled by broadcaster and renowned historian Dr David Starkey at the Sidney Cooper Gallery on Friday 5 February. Funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition Canterbury: England’s Crucible, will bring the City’s history to life in a way that has never Read more about Canterbury Celebrates 1000 Years of History[…]

Tewkesbury Abbey

As one of the most recognizable religious buildings in England, Tewkesbury Abbey stands along the river Avon on a site possibly once occupied by an 8th century Benedictine monastery. In the year 1087, King William gave the Manor of Tewkesbury to Robert FitzHamon, and in 1092, Robert and the Abbot Giraldus founded the abbey. Tewkesbury Read more about Tewkesbury Abbey[…]

Medieval History Term of the Week: Corbel

Corbel [kawr-buhl] Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from diminutive of corp raven, from Latin corvus — more at raven 1) A stone or timber bracket supporting a projection from a wall. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 225) 2) Projecting stone used to support a timber beam or joint of a Read more about Medieval History Term of the Week: Corbel[…]

Canterbury Cathedral Held Together by Duct Tape

According to an article at telegraph.co.uk, Pillars holding up Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of Anglicanism, are being held together with duct tape because of a shortage of money to carry out urgent repairs … … A fifth of the structure’s internal marble pillars are currently held together by duct tape. In July, masonry around Read more about Canterbury Cathedral Held Together by Duct Tape[…]

Medieval History Term of the Week: Apse

Apse [aps] Etymology: Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin 1) The domed or vaulted east end of the church. In Britain the apse is generally squared off, while on the continent, rounded apses were common. (Glossary of Church Architecture, retrieved from BritainExpress.com) 2) Part of a building semi-circular in plan. (Martindale, Andrew. Read more about Medieval History Term of the Week: Apse[…]