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‘Unpicking the Morton ‘cope’

‘Unpicking the Morton ‘cope’

by Dr Mary Brooks FSA & Dr Sonia O'Connor FSA

The Morton ‘cope’ is a rare survival of a medieval cope associated Cardinal Archbishop John Morton, who was both Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor (c.1420-1500). Previously in private hands, it is now in the collection of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. The ‘cope’ is thought to have been made sometime between 1450 and 1500 and has a long and complex history. This presentation will explore the ‘cope’s’ construction and iconography, which includes a rare and very beautiful embroidered Lily Crucifix. It will describe the outcomes of research projects, funded by the Society of Antiquaries, to ‘unpick’  its complex biography using a variety of technical and textual sources.


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Schedule for the evening detailed below: 

  • Refreshments are served from 4.20pm in the council room. 
  • The meeting begins at 5pm with the lecture starting at approximately 5.10pm. 
  • Lectures run for approximately 45min and are followed by a short Q&A.
  • Sherry is served in the Foyer following the lecture. 

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