Category Archives: History and related subjects

Items that relate to history or places that are of historical interest that I visit…

JFK: 50th Anniversary, a considered reconsideration

John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917 -1963 O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!  Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, whilst bloody treason flourish’d over us.      Mark Antony’s oration, Julius Ceasar, Act III, Scene ii … Continue reading

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Of All Souls – Remembrance of Times Past II
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Andrew Storrier & Ian loveless I have written so much about Andrew and Ian ( the two Rubies as we knew them en famille) that it might be thought words would fail me. There will never be words enough to … Continue reading

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Glenn Richardson: The Field of Cloth of Gold
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The Field of Cloth of Gold: I do not often these days get the chance to review books. This therefore makes a delightful exception. This book also makes a delightful read. Richardson’s  account not only updates Stephen Anglo’s scholarly and … Continue reading

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Gunpowder, Treason & Plot

Remembering the fifth of November When I was still in my primary school in the early 1960’s – St Mary’s in Cookham Road, Maidenhead –  at this time of year – even in Roman Catholic school –  all the talk … Continue reading

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I Have a Little list or Grade II Listing in London Borough of Lambeth

The colours that you find inside Comrade Chyorniy’s mind….   There is nothing more incomprehensible than the mind of a bureaucrat. This is not my judgement but rather a paraphrase of Tolstoy’s famous judgement. In some ways it is refreshing to … Continue reading

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Ember Days & the “Benedicite”

 Ember Days   Ember Days – those who have heard of this term will probably not understand what they refer to beyond perhaps being a colloquial reference to the less good times in one’s life. They were traditionally days of … Continue reading

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English Saints and Myths of the Sceptred Isle
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England’s Protomartyr. Albanum egregium fecunda Britannia profert (Lo! fruitful Britain vaunts great Alban’s name.) (Carmina, VII, iii, 155).. England thinks of itself as dedicated to St George who famously slew a dragon. It is the red cross of St George which lies over … Continue reading

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News from the Home Front & on the Home Front
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Battles lost; battles joined; battles won.   I’ve no idea why I choose military metaphors for this post other than for the very obvious reason that I’ve long been a lost cause. The last few weeks I’ve been struggling with … Continue reading

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Mass Observations: Stephen Gardiner & the Eucharist
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Bishop Stephen Gardiner & the Reformation: The doctrine of the Mass Once the regular clergy and chantry priests were stripped of office and from the clerical estate; once images, statues, rood screens and side-altars were stripped from the churches; the … Continue reading

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Detecting the Devil’s spohistry…..Bishop Gardiner (1546)
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A Detection of the Devils Sophistry…… ……..wherewith he robbeth the unlearned people of the true belief in the most blessed Sacrament of the altar.  …….By 1546 few were older; fewer still wiser; and none more unsettled than the king-made-pope, Henry … Continue reading

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