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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.

John Bird Sumner

John Bird Sumner

1780-1862
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Frederick Temple

Frederick Temple

1821-1902
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 30 portraits
Thomas Tenison

Thomas Tenison

1636-1715
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 12 portraits
John Tillotson

John Tillotson

1630-1694
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter associated with 42 portraits
William Wake

William Wake

1657-1737
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 8 portraits