p@rsons_world of... Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln's medieval Cathedral has a fascinating history, peopled with the good, great and famous and with interludes of sadness, slease and skullduggery too! It is one of the most splendid buildings in England. Few visitors include it on their itinerary, so here are some links as tasters. The quality varies, but each in its own way demonstrates the author's affection for the building and the history it represents.
- Edward I page from Jeffrey L. Thomas' superb Castles of Wales website. Sadly, a photograph of the statues of Edward I and Queen Eleanor at Lincoln Cathedral is no longer hosted on this excellent site. The cathedral contains the visceral tomb of Queen Eleanor of Castile (d.1290) and the tomb of Catherine Swynford, third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Two tough ladies!
- Queen Eleanor of Castile on the English Monarchs website.
- The Eleanor Crosses on Historic UK website.
- Elizabeth Blount Mother of King Henry VIII's Son. An original essay by Heather Hobden.
- Historic Monument Care. Dr Michael O'Connor's Historic Building and Monument Care website. Years of unique cathedral experience.
- The Angel Choir is notable for its spaciousness and grandeur. Built after the nave, some of its features are in the Decorated style. The head shrine of St Hugh of Avalon is located in the Angel Choir, looked down on by the famous "Lincoln Imp". Pages from an excellent web resource by Dr. Alison Stones. Explore it.
- The legend of the Lincoln Imp as told by Dr Nicholas Bennett.
about Stuart Boyfield, Domus Supervisor at Lincoln Cathedral.
- The late John Ketteringham's website, including a useful Cathedral "Handlist".
- William Byrd (1543-1623). Born in Lincoln, William Byrd was the foremost composer of the Elizabethan age. Stainer and Bell's useful page of works describes him as "one of the most famous English composers, yet little is known of his history before he was appointed organist of Lincoln Cathedral in 1563". An understated memorial tablet to Byrd is located in the north choir aisle.
- Composer, Robert Parsons. Circa 1524-1570. He was drowned in the River Trent. No relation.
- Magna Carta. 1215. Now on display in Lincoln castle with other fascinating dosuments.
- Mapping Margery Kempe Photo-database of Lincoln Cathedral based upon the 15th century Book of Margery Kempe.
- Little St Hugh of Lincoln Useful article by R.W. Morrell, 1996/8.
- Cantoris Records Lincoln-based Classical record label producing superb CDs of choral and organ music from, Lincoln and other great cathedrals!
- Green Men and Foliate Faces The Heart of Albion Press on-line site.
- More on Green Men.
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