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Archbishops of Canterbury


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The Archbishop of Canterbury is the principle leader of the Church of England and recognised as primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Anglican Communion. As the diocesan bishop of the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury, they reside in the Old Palace in Canterbury as well as Lambeth Palace in London. With the Archbishop of York, they preside over many important committees and national ceremonies. Historically the position was chosen by cannons of Canterbury, the King and Pope. Today, the choice is made by the Queen, who is advised by the Prime Minister. The first person to be appointed as the Archbishop of Canterbury was St Augustine, a Benedictine monk who was sent from Rome in 597 AD to convert the Anglo-Saxons in England by Pope Gregory the Great. Although the Archbishop of Canterbury does not have legal authority outside England they exert influence on international matters.

St Anselm

St Anselm

circa 1033-1109
Abbot of Bec and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

1120?-1170
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 13 portraits
George Leonard Carey

George Leonard Carey

1935-
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 1 portrait
Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

1909-2000
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 11 portraits
Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

1489-1556
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 46 portraits
Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

1848-1930
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 25 portraits
Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth

Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth

1887-1972
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 57 portraits
Cosmo Gordon Lang, Baron Lang of Lambeth

Cosmo Gordon Lang, Baron Lang of Lambeth

1864-1945
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 51 portraits
William Laud

William Laud

1573-1645
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 61 portraits
Reginald Pole

Reginald Pole

1500-1558
Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Arthur Michael Ramsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury

Arthur Michael Ramsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury

1904-1988
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 10 portraits
Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie

Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie

1921-2000
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
William Sancroft

William Sancroft

1617-1693
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 29 portraits
Archibald Campbell Tait

Archibald Campbell Tait

1811-1882
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 36 portraits
William Temple

William Temple

1881-1944
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 28 portraits
William Warham

William Warham

1450?-1532
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
John Whitgift

John Whitgift

1530?-1604
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams

1950-
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Abbot

George Abbot

1562-1633
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Thomas Arundel

Thomas Arundel

1353-1414
Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 2 portraits