This summer has seen the launch of the Dean and Dr Ian Bass’ new book on Thomas Cantilupe, as part of the year of celebrations to mark 700 years of St Thomas of Hereford.

The Dean stands outside the gates of the cathedral smiling with a copy of the book in his hands

The Dean with a copy of the book, taken by Patrick Friedman

Thomas de Cantilupe (1218–82) was one of a group of medieval bishops canonised in the fourteenth century. In this, the 700th anniversary year of his being made a saint in 1320, we tell the story of his colourful life – as scholar, politician, priest and bishop – and chart his long struggle to sainthood. As one of Hereford’s own saints, we see how Cantilupe has influenced the cathedral and diocese over the centuries.
Compiled by the Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, and Dr Ian Bass

The book tells the colourful story of the saint’s life as a scholar, politician, priest and bishop in ninety pages and features over eighty colour illustrations.

Whilst we have not been able to have an official launch as hoped, the book is now available to purchase online from the Cathedral Shop. Click here to view or purchase the book.