The Cenotaphs in the Cloister Walk

There are some twentythree cenotaphs in various stages of legibility in and around the cloister walk. Perhaps one of the best known is that Elizabeth Joan Weston, a famous Latin poetess in her day. Born in Elizabethan England to a noble Catholic family who had to flee to Bohemia to escape persecution, she married, bore seven children, buried four and died herself at the age of 30 years on November 23, 1612.

The other tablets dedicated to court officials, city politicians, merchants, Venetian muscians, architects, a lady-in-waiting, town coucillors, an imperial cousin, a lawyer, a royal steward, a physician, a noblewoman who died in childbirth give some idea of the diversity of St.Thomas’s congregation through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.