In the Shadow of the Black Prince
I was 9 years of age when I saw my old employer’s tomb in Canterbury Cathedral. It was on a field trip to see the place where St.Thomas à Becket was martyred in 1170AD.
Murder in the Cathedral
Thomas Becket, also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and later Thomas à Becket (21 December 1119 or 1120 – 29 December 1170), was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket
I was attending St.Laurence CofE Junior School in Ramsgate which is attached to St.Laurence Parish Church built in 1062AD.
Every Friday morning we would have morning service in the church. I found this very comforting the I love history and alway got this sense of Deja vu time travel each time I went.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Laurence%27s_Church,_Ramsgate
Moment of Revelation
Back to the visit 1964, we proceeded to walk the circular anticlockwise route from the cathedral main door trod by countless pilgrims before us. Upon ascending the south stairs we spied the magnificent tomb of the Black Prince. Stopping momentarily to glaze I lifted my head and saw his actual achievement hanging above! The thought crossed my mind - these have been here for 600 years! The connection was made, the gap between lives had been short circuited, in instant I remembered being there.
I since visited and walk the same route several times a year until the present day.
Edward the Black Prince
Duke of Cornwall
Edward of Woodstock, known to history as the Black Prince (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), was the eldest son of King Edward III of England, and the heir to the English throne. He died before his father and so his son, Richard II, succeeded to the throne instead. Edward nevertheless earned distinction as one of the most successful English commanders during the Hundred Years' War, being regarded by his English contemporaries as a model of chivalry and one of the greatest knights of his age. He is on the other hand remembered in France for his well documented brutality and the massacres he ordered.
Memories in Miniature
I have always tried to recreated miniature through the the medium of Art and Technology. One knows if conscious mind is accord with the subconscious mind because the finished object sits in harmony and bringing a sense of peace.
Moulds made from RTV31, cast in white metal alloy (Tin 25% Lead 75%) and painted by your truly.