Thomas de Cantilupe – 700 Years a Saint: St Thomas of Hereford


Michael Tavinor and Ian Bass


This short, accessible book has been lovingly curated with some gorgeous images of stained glass windows, effigies and illuminated manuscripts, as well as relics, maps and some visually striking inlays for the text itself. … a good short introduction to him [Cantilupe] for visitors or prospective visitors to Hereford Cathedral, and an affordable, attractive companion text for those who already study or are interested in the subject of ecclesiastical history more generally. It is evident that a lot of thought and effort went into its compilation.
Journal of the Mortimer History Society

Thomas Cantilupe (1218-82) was one of a group of medieval bishops canonised during the 14th century.

In this, the 700th anniversary of his being made a saint in 1320 we tell the story of his colourful life – a scholar, politician, priest and bishop – and chart his long struggle to sainthood.

As one of Hereford’s own saints, we see how Cantilupe has influenced cathedral and diocese over the centuries.

Lavishly illustrated with over 80 colour images

Michael Tavinor is Dean of Hereford Cathedral.

Paperback | 96 pages | 210 x 148 mm | 2020
80 colour illustrations
ISBN 978-1-910839-41-6


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