New Readings of the Becket Miracle Windows: Miracles of Locals in Canterbury Cathedral Trinity Chapel nIV

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New Readings of the Becket Miracle Windows: Miracles of Locals in Canterbury Cathedral Trinity Chapel nIV

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Canterbury cathedral, window nIV, detail. Photo: Rachel Koopmans

  • Tuesday 7 June 2016
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Speaker

  • Dr Rachel Koopmans - York University

Organised by

  • Dr Tom Nickson - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Thomas Becket’s miracles formed the chief subject of the early thirteenth-century stained glass installed in the ambulatory windows surrounding Becket’s magnificent shrine in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral.  This presentation re-examines the miracle stories portrayed in the glass of nIV, a well-preserved window on the north aisle.  Three of the five surviving narratives in nIV have been misread.  Rather than picturing miracles of pilgrims from Oxford, Essex, and Warwickshire, these panels recount the miracles of people from the region of Canterbury and Dover.  With these new readings in place, it is possible to see that all of the surviving narratives found in nIV are devoted to the miracles of Kentish locals, a remarkable and hitherto unrecognized commemoration of Thomas Becket’s Kentish cult in the cathedral’s glass.

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