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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.

George Abbot

George Abbot

1562-1633
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
St Anselm

St Anselm

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

Thomas Arundel

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

St Augustine

died 604
Benedictine monk and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Bancroft

Richard Bancroft

1544-1610
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

1120?-1170
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 14 portraits
Edward White Benson

Edward White Benson

1829-1896
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 54 portraits
George Leonard Carey

George Leonard Carey

1935-
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Chichele

Henry Chichele

circa 1362-1443
Administrator and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

1909-2000
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 11 portraits
Frederick Cornwallis

Frederick Cornwallis

1713-1783
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

1489-1556
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 47 portraits
Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

1848-1930
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
St Dunstan

St Dunstan

924-988
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth

Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth

1887-1972
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 57 portraits
Edmund Grindal

Edmund Grindal

circa 1517-1583
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Thomas Herring

Thomas Herring

1693-1757
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 7 portraits
William Howley

William Howley

1766-1848
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Matthew Hutton

Matthew Hutton

1693-1758
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Juxon

William Juxon

1582-1663
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 11 portraits

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