The King’s Cathedral: A History of St Frideswide’s Priory and Oxford Cathedral

The King's Cathedral is the first account of the convent, priory and cathedral for nearly a century. Judith Curthoys - author of two previous volumes on Christ Church - has drawn widely on scholarly research into the cathedral's archaeology, architecture and history for her fascinating and accessible new study of this historic building.

The cathedral church of Christ in Oxford - better known as Christ Church Cathedral - was established in 1546. It forms one half of Christ Church, the unique joint foundation of cathedral and university college created by King Henry VIII. Today's cathedral occupies the site of a monastery founded in the late seventh century by Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford and its university. In the early twelfth century it was re-founded as an Augustinian priory, and 400 years later it met its nemesis in Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, whose plan for an Oxford college grander than any other caused its dissolution. But when the cardinal fell from royal favour, the priory church was saved.

About the author

Judith Curthoys MSt, DAA has been archivist at Christ Church, Oxford, since 1994. She has contributed articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), was for ten years reviews editor of the Oxford archaeological and architectural journal, Oxoniensa, and is the author of The Cardinal's College (Profile, 2012) and The Stones of Christ Church (Profile, 2017).

Title: The King’s Cathedral: A History of St Frideswide’s Priory and Oxford Cathedral
Author: Judith Curthoys
Date of Publication: October 2019
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781788162487

Bibliographic details:            
Hardcover: 288 pages
253 x 179 mm; 16 or 24 pp colour plates 60 b/w text illustrations
Price: £35