Richard, Lincoln Cathedral, and a beautiful Turner drawing….
I love Lincoln Cathedral and Turner, and here they are together. Absolutely beautiful, and a view that cannot have changed much since the 15th century.
Of course, Richard did visit Lincoln, and would have seen very much the same scene the Turner recreates so wonderfully. The following small extracts are from ‘The World of Richard III’ by Kristie Dean, and concern our king’s impression as he approached Lincoln Cathedral during his royal progress of 1483.
. . . As he was in Lincoln during the Feast of St Edward, it is likely Richard would have visited the massive cathedral. Even for a king used to luxury, it is easy to believe that Lincoln Cathedral would have filled him with a sense of awe . . .
. . . It is possible to see the church from miles around as it rests high on the hill above the surrounding land . . .
. . . In Richard’s time the cathedral would have been protected by a large embattled wall with turrets and housing several gateways . . .
There is more about the cathedral and the castle in the book by Kristie Dean, which can be read at http://tinyurl.com/h5tnqvw