Three Choirs and a Reformation

Thu 7 September

General Booking Opens Monday 10 July 2017

Speaker – Dr Richard Fisher

Part of the Luther Anniversary Lectures and the Gloucester History Festival - City Voices

Richard Fisher is a final-year PhD student at the University of Bristol, supervised by Dr Beth Williamson and Professor James Clark.  His research examines the part played by English cathedrals in the early Tudor Reformation, from a comparison of the those found at Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.  Despite the traditional view of the English Reformation as Henry VIII’s top-down salvation of a floundering national church having being revised in the recent past by evidence from regional and parochial studies which demonstrate the strength of ‘traditional’ Catholicism, the role of the cathedrals in this period has been largely neglected.  Perhaps this is because these awe-inspiring buildings (and the institutions which function within them) are symbolic of both the reformed Church of England and the Catholic religion which preceded it.  Richard’s interest in cathedrals began as a boy, singing in them in London.  This continued as an undergraduate at Bristol, where his quest to visit all the medieval cathedral buildings took off.  A trip to Carlisle, the last medieval cathedral to be established, still awaits!

Refreshments and bookshop will be available before this lecture in the Cloisters from 5pm-8pm


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