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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 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
Edward White Benson

Edward White Benson

1829-1896
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 54 portraits
Henry Chichele

Henry Chichele

circa 1362-1443
Administrator and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Frederick Cornwallis

Frederick Cornwallis

1713-1783
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
St Dunstan

St Dunstan

924-988
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 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
John Kemp

John Kemp

1380?-1454
Cardinal, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 2 portraits
Charles Thomas Longley

Charles Thomas Longley

1794-1868
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 17 portraits
Charles Manners-Sutton

Charles Manners-Sutton

1755-1828
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 10 portraits
John Moore

John Moore

1730-1805
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
John Morton

John Morton

circa 1420-1500
Administrator and Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker

1504-1575
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 34 portraits
John Potter

John Potter

1674?-1747
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Secker

Thomas Secker

1693-1768
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 6 portraits
Gilbert Sheldon

Gilbert Sheldon

1598-1677
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 12 portraits