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St Albans and the Cult of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester

Thu, 15 November 2018

A talk held jointly by the Cathedral and the Friends

Humfrey, duke of Gloucester (1390-1447) liked to call himself the son, brother and uncle of kings. The youngest sibling of Henry V, who saved his life at Agincourt, Humfrey was subsequently protector to his nephew, Henry VI. He was, though, a politically divisive figure and, early in 1447, while heir presumptive to the throne, he was arrested on an accusation of treason. He died in custody. His name was not forgotten, however, and one place where he was especially remembered was St Albans Abbey. It was not by accident that his burial chamber and chantry chapel were in the abbey church. He had been a member of the confraternity and was well known to the learned abbot John of Wheathampstead. This lecture will explore Humfrey’s career, his literary patronage, and afterlife.

Tutor: Dr David Rundle, University of Oxford

Venue: Crossing, St Albans Cathedral (please click link for map)

Date:  Thursday 15 November 2018                        

Time:  Drinks 7.30pm, Talk 7.45 - c. 9.30pm                                          

Cost:  £9

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