Church Monuments Society

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The medieval royal family: Piety and commemoration



The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew
United Kingdom

Henry III, one of the longest-reigning monarchs in English history, was reputed to be a devout and god-fearing man. He held in special veneration his royal predecessor, St.Edward the Confessor.

Henry’s devotion to Edward led him to rebuild Westminster Abbey, and rebury the saint in a lavish tomb which survives today. Fascinating documents held at The National Archives detail both these endeavours.

A panel of experts – Professor David Carpenter, Dr Ann Williams and Sally Badham – will discuss the two kings and their reputations for piety, as well as Edward’s tomb in the context of the Abbey and medieval monuments.

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