Online Conference: ‘Thomas Becket: Life, Death and Legacy’, 28-30 April 2021

Join Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent for three days of exciting papers, 28-30th April 2021, examining the history, visual and material culture, archaeology, architecture, literature, liturgy, musicology, and reception of Becket’s cult at Canterbury, across Europe and beyond, with keynote papers by Rachel Koopmans, Paul Webster, and Alec Ryrie.

Looking back: Medieval & Early Modern Festival, University of Kent, June 2017

The 16th-17th June 2017 was the third annual MEMS Festival, a two-day celebration of all things Medieval and Early Modern at the University of Kent. Papers covered all kinds of topics, from art and literature to politics, identity, and everyday life from the entire period. The range of material meant that lots of different areasContinue reading “Looking back: Medieval & Early Modern Festival, University of Kent, June 2017”

Examining Becket: Reflections on the Thomas Becket Study Day, Canterbury Cathedral, 7th June 2017

There could scarcely be a more appropriate setting for a study day on the theme of Thomas Becket than Canterbury Cathedral, the location of the archbishop’s martyrdom nearly 850 years ago on the 29th December 1170. In the Cathedral Library and Archives, just metres from the site of Becket’s murder in the North West Transept, experts from universities, museums and Canterbury heritage organisations gathered to discuss the saint’s life and cult.

Illuminating Becket?

On 7 June 2016 a group of Becket scholars and enthusiasts met for a one day workshop, ‘Illuminating Becket’ at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, which ended with a fascinating public lecture by Rachel Koopmans (York University, Toronto) on the relationships between narratives in the ‘miracle’ windows in Canterbury cathedral’s east end and the structure ofContinue reading “Illuminating Becket?”

Conference: Monuments of Power, Canterbury, 5-7 September 2014

This Symposium is to be held jointly by the Church Monuments Society and the Centre for Medieval and Modern Studies, University of Kent.  The Symposium will focus on the monuments in the cathedral together with related high status tombs.  We will begin on Friday afternoon with an optional visit to the cathedral’s mason’s yard and with anContinue reading “Conference: Monuments of Power, Canterbury, 5-7 September 2014”