ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION
1066 – A Medieval Mosaic is pleased to announce an exhibition will take place at St. Albans Cathedral in the summer of 2018. The dates for the exhibition are 6th June – 28th August 2018.
St Albans Cathedral has one of the longest naves in England and is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. The building of the Norman Abbey Church, now the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, was started in 1077 and completed in 1089 by the 14th Abbot and first Norman abbot Paul de Caen. Paul of Caen was appointed by his uncle Lanfranc the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lanfranc became a close friend and ally of William the Conqueror after he negotiated the marriage of William and Matilda in 1059. As William and Matilda were third cousins once removed a papal dispensation was awarded by Pope Nicholas II for the marriage to take place.
Lanfranc became the supreme representative of King William during his absence from England. Gundulf, chamberlain to Lanfranc, was one of the distinguished engineering officers who came over with William the Conquerer. In 1077 Gundulf was made Bishop of Rochester.
Here Gundulf, chamberlain to Lanfranc, gives instructions to the workers to begin construction of the fort at Hastings.