Index of Medieval Tomb entries.

Notre-Dame d'Amiens

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 for the coherence of its plan, and the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation Notre-Dame d'Amiens, is the tallest completed Gothic church and largest cathedral in France. The Romanesque cathedral had been destroyed by fire in 1218, and Bishop Evrard de Fouilly employed Robert de Luzarches as the architect to build the new cathedral in the Gothic style to house the head of John the Baptist which had been bought back as a relic by Wallon de Sarton returning from Constantinople in 1206 after the 4th crusade.


William I Duke of Normandy - Rouen Cathedral.

This tomb of William I Duke of Normandy (d942) in Rouen Cathedral dates from the 14th century. The earlier burial had been in the ancient sanctuary near the end of what is now the nave.

Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy - Gloucester Cathedral

Robert Curthose (d1134) effigy, of painted Irish bog oak, was made about 100 years after his death.

Richard Coeur-de-Lion - Rouen Cathedral, France

Tomb of Richard I of England (d1199). This is one of three tombs to Richard I, this one is said to contain his heart, his entrails were buried in Châlus (where he died), and the rest of his body was buried at the feet of his father, Henry II, at Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou.

King John of England - Worcester Cathedral

Tomb of King John the youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Made from Purbeck marble the sarcophagus dates from about 1230 and is the earliest effigy in the country to an English king. Originally the effigy would have lain on the floor, but as more elaborate tombs were installed in later years, John's effigy was raised up to rest on a tomb chest that was made in about 1540. 

Alexander de Holderness - Peterborough Cathedral.

This effigy on a low tomb chest is thought to be Alexander of Holderness (d1226) abbot of Peterborough.

Tomb of William Longespee - Salisbury Cathedral

Tomb of William Longespee (d1226) Earl of Salisbury. William Longespee was the illegitimate son of Henry II and half brother to King Richard I and King John of England. William was present when the foundations stones of Salisbury Cathedral were laid, and was the first person to be buried there.

Bishop William de Blois - Worcester Cathedral.

Bishop of Worcester 1218-1236. The effigy on the tomb is in the Romanesque style and lacks the detailed modelling that would become the hallmark of Gothic sculpture.

Two 13th century Abbots - Peterborough Cathedral

Two 13th century effigies of Benedictine monks. Peterborough Cathedral.

Bishop Hugh de Northwold - Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire

Tomb of Hugh de Northwold (d1245). Bishop of Ely from 1229-1254.