LWHS Programme of Events 2015/16 Commences Wed 16th Sept

We are delighted to commence our programme of events for the forthcoming year in just a few days next Wednesday in the Parish Room Little Waldingfield at 7.30 p.m.

Talks are open to both members and non members (£2.00 and £4.00 respectively) whilst there is a free member only event in January which this year is going to be something very special.

Hopefully there will be something for everyone (see August blog for details of all our talks) and we look forward to another successful year. This years programme begins with a talk on Sudbury’s famous son Simon, and a potted history of his eventful life follows below.

Local Historian Roger Green will give a talk on – Simon of Sudbury & the French Connection

Archbishop of Canterbury, studied at the University of Paris and became one of the chaplains of Pope Innocent VI, who sent him on a mission to King Edward III of England in 1356. In October 1361 the pope appointed him bishop of London and he was soon serving the king as an ambassador. In 1375 he succeeded William Wittlesey as Archbishop of Canterbury and during the rest of his life was a partisan of John of Gaunt. 
In July 1377 he crowned King Richard II and in 1378 John Wycliffe (an influential dissent of the Roman Catholic Church) appeared before him at Lambeth, although he only took proceedings against the reformer under great pressure. 
In January 1380 Sudbury became chancellor of England and the revolting peasants regarded him as one of the principal authors of their woes. Having released John Ball (an English Lollard priest who took a prominent part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381) from his prison at Maidstone, the Kentish insurgents attacked and damaged the archbishop’s property at Canterbury and Lambeth; then, rushing into the Tower of London, they seized the archbishop himself. 
Sudbury was dragged to Tower Hill and, on the 14th of June 1381, beheaded. His body was afterwards buried in Canterbury Cathedral. 
Sudbury rebuilt part of the church of St. Gregory at Sudbury, and with his brother, John of Chertsey, he founded a college in this town; he also did some building at Canterbury. His father was Nigel Theobald, and he is sometimes called Simon Theobald or Tybald.
Our talk will specifically cover Simon of Sudbury’s French connections so its going to be most interesting. To book a place, please either reply to this blog or call:
  • Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980 or
  • Di Langford on 01787 248298
We look forward to seeing many readers again very soon.



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