AD 1121, Capitals In The Crypt (The Carving Later)
Medium: Photographic print
Detailed view of animal figures on the carved capitals of the columns in Prior Ernulf's crypt at Canterbury Cathedral.
"Archbishop Anselm, who succeeded Lanfranc, (A.D. 1093), appointed Ernulf to be prior. This Ernulf was a Frenchman, and originally a monk of St. Lucian, in Beauvais. He, then, becoming dissatisfied with that monastery, joined Lanfranc, whose, whose pupil he had been at Bec, and remained with him as a monk at Canterbury. After the death of Lanfranc, he was made prior...While at Canterbury, having taken down the eastern part of the church which Lanfranc had built, he erected it so much more magnificently, that nothing like it could be seen in England, either for the brilliancy of its glass windows, the beauty of its marble pavement, or the many coloured pictures which led the wondering eyes to the very summit of the ceiling. This chancel, however, which Ernulf left unfinished, was superbly completed by his successor Conrad, who decorated it with excellent paintings, and furnished it with precious ornaments."
Text by the Rev. Robert Willis