By Clive Burgess
Issue No.2 (New Series) 2019, Page 2-8
William Canynges (1402-1474) was one of Bristol’s wealthiest merchants in the 15th Century, controlling nearly a quarter of shipping at the port of Bristol. Canynges invested a significant amount of his wealth in St Mary Redcliffe Church. He also formed a strong bond with John Carpenter, Bishop of Worcester, who assisted Canynges to prepare him for death. In this article, Burgess investigates William Canynges’ spiritual investments in the closing years of his life and their broader social and political implications.
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