William Emerson’s Transi Monument - An Online talk by Dr Elizabeth Norton

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Uncover the story of one of Southwark Cathedral's two transi tombs

Tucked away in the south aisle of Southwark Cathedral is a diminutive memorial to William Emerson, who died in 1575 aged 92. His memorial is unusual for the period, since it contains a transi effigy, depicting the deceased as a shrouded cadaver.

This talk will explore the life of William Emerson and his family, as well as considering the commissioning of the memorial. Finally, it will also look at the reasons behind the choice of transi effigy and why this was considered an appropriate memorial for this important member of the St Saviour’s parish community.

Dr Elizabeth Norton is a London-based historian specialising in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She has a double first class degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD from King’s College London. She has taught History at King’s College London and RADA. Her academic research has been published in several peer reviewed journals.