Durham: echoes of power
"There are two kings in England, namely, the lord king of England wearing a crown... and the lord bishop of Durham wearing a mitre in place of a crown..." - William de St Botolph, 1302
After the Norman Conquest, the Palatinate of Durham, was ruled by prince bishops exercising almost royal prerogatives. Much of their rich architectural legacy survived to be recorded by artists and antiquarians in succeeding centuries.
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