Iconoclasm on Prince Arthur’s tomb
Evidence of iconoclasm on the chantry chapel in which Arthur, prince of Wales’s tomb is located. The figures were defaced during the reign of Edward VI (1547-1553) when government commissioners deemed the statues to be idolatrous. Under Henry VIII, the belief that masses should be said for the souls of the departed was undermined with the attack on the concept of purgatory (in 1538 Henry VIII rejected the word ‘purgatory’ for, he argued, it was not backed in scripture). The attack on the doctrine of purgatory and on chantry chapels (where masses for the souls of the deceased were made) continued during the reign of Henry’s Protestant son, Edward VI.
The chantry is located in Worcester Cathedral.