Thomas de Cantilupe

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  1. This was a manor held by the Cantilupe family until 1323; 1656 drawing by William Dugdale. [1] On his tunic he displays his differenced arms of Cantilupe – gules, three fleur-de-lis issuant from a leopard's head or. Later, on his canonization, the see of Hereford adopted yet would further difference his arms, inverting the leopard's head.
  2. The commonly accepted modern spelling is "Cantilupe", as used by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for all members of this family, and which is followed in this article.


  1. Dugdale 1656, pp. 504–5.
  2. Tout 1886; quoted by Hillaby 1990 , p. 466
  3. Sanders 1960, p. 40.
  4. Holden 2004.
  5. Page 1925, pp. 45–54.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Walsh 2007 , p. 598
  7. Chisholm 1911, pp. 217–218.
  8. Fryde et al. 1996 , p. 85
  9. 1 2 3 4 Chisholm 1911, p. 218.
  10. See Cantilupe seals discussed in Julian-Jones 2015
  11. Finucane 2004.
  12. 1 2 Fryde et al. 1996 , p. 250
  13. 1 2 3 Strickland 2018, pp. 463–4.
  14. Nott 1885, p. 14.
  15. 1 2 Bartlett 2004 , p. 23
  16. Strickland 2018, p. 462.
  17. Bartlett 2004, p. 120.
  18. Strickland 2018, p. 463.
  19. Bartlett 2004 , p. 123
  20. Hereford Cathedral 2012, p. Pilgrimage.
  21. Brooks & Pevsner 2012, p. 295.
  22. Reardon 2000, p. 290.
  23. Strickland 2018.
  24. Strickland 2018, p. 448, footnote.
  25. Brooks & Pevsner 2012 , p. 277 notes that figures "presumably connected with the Cantilupe cult" are displayed above the outer doorway of the north porch. Identifying the figures of a Synagogue, Luxuria and a bagpiper in close proximity, they ask "why?"
  26. Bass 2023.
  27. Unofficial translation. Cf. Libraria Editricis Vaticanae 2004 , p. 475
  28. Vauchez 1997, pp. 296–304, 398–404, 488–98.
  29. Jancey & Ross 1987.
  30. Strickland 2022b, p. 32.
  31. Broseley Parishes 2017.
  32. Tavinor & Bass 2020.
  33. RHS 2014.
  34. Cantilupe Society 1932.
  35. Greene 1972, p. 151.

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Thomas de Cantilupe, his cult and miracles

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General medieval sources

Mappa Mundi


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Local histories

Cantilupe Society

Web sources and miscellaneous

Thomas de Cantilupe
Bishop of Hereford
ThomasDeCantilupe BishopOfHereford Died1282 13thC StainedGlass SnitterfieldChurch Warwickshire Drawn1656 ByWilliamDugdale.png
Thomas de Cantilupe depicted in a now lost stained glass window in the Church of St James the Great, Snitterfield, Warwickshire. [lower-alpha 1]
Term ended1282
Predecessor John de Breton
Successor Richard Swinefield
Consecration8 September 1275
by  Robert Kilwardby, with co-consecrators being John Chishull and Walter de Merton
Personal details
Died25 August 1282 (aged 6364)
Ferento, Montefiascone, Papal States
BuriedHereford Cathedral
Denomination Roman Catholicism
Feast day25 August 2 October
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion
Title as SaintBishop
Canonized17 April 1320
by  Pope John XXII
Attributes mitre, holding a crosier
Shrines Hereford Cathedral
Downside Abbey
Lord Chancellor
In office
Political offices
Preceded by Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
Ralph Sandwich
(Keeper of the Great Seal)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by