Category Peterborough Abbey

The legacy of Queen Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

On this Friday, 27th January 2017, the magnificent cathedral in the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd […]

The burial of Queen of Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

This week-end the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd May 1533. She was exiled from court and […]

The daily routine of a Benedictine Monk

There was just one more piece I wanted to plug into the story of the Fenland monasteries – the daily life of the monks – but Hallowe’en got in the way!  It’s gone now so… the following represents a typical day in the life of the monks in a monastery such as that in Peterborough […]

The story of Hereward the Wake

The story of Hereward the Wake is a story of this time told many times over. It is a key part of the story we are telling of the great Fenland Monasteries. I am going to address this part of the story in two steps – one step here and now, another next week when […]