Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Mini History Blogs: The Spider and Cardinal Wolsey

Did you know that the Tegenaria Parietina, a rare European spider, is known as the Cardinal Spider in England, this is because legend has it that Cardinal Wolsey was terrified by one at his home of Hampton Court. 

Here he is making sure there is not one sneaking up behind him.

The artist responsible for this painting is unknown, as is the date. This beautiful colourful work forms part of a collection belonging to Christ Church, University of Oxford. Christ Church, which Wolsey founded in 1524, was originally named Cardinal College.

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