Rachel Koopmans Gives Annual Thomas Becket Lecture

The below is taken from the Canterbury Christ Church University website.


Next week will be more meetings than events, but it is great to know that preparations for Becket 2020 are continuing to develop on a wide range of fronts. Among these will be the conference at Canterbury Cathedral in November 2020, for which the plenary speakers are already in place and the call for papers will go out fairly soon. Other events planned include an even bigger Medieval Pageant than usual, a light show and events linked to several other medieval saints up and down the country – a truly national celebration of cathedral cities in England and Wales.

This leads me on very nicely to the first of this week’s events because about 150 people, including students and staff from CCCU, and guides and Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, came to hear Dr Rachel Koopmans give a superb Becket Lecture on Tuesday evening. As Professor Louise Wilkinson said in her introduction, we knew we would be in for a treat because this was the second time Rachel had been the Becket lecturer, and we were certainly not disappointed.