Category Christian religion

The English Pope passes away

It was on this day – 1st September 1159 – that Pope Adrian IV passed away – the first and only Englishman to have occupied the papal throne.  He is recorded as being born at Bedmond Farm in Bedmond, a village in Hertfordshire, England at around 1100AD.  The site where his home stood is now […]

Friday can be a good day

It was on this Friday – 11th July 1924 – that Eric Liddell won the gold medal in 400 metres at the 1924 Paris Olympics. A devout Christian, he had refused to run in the Sunday heats of the 100 metres, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision […]

Celebrating the return of King Charles II

In 1660, England’s Parliament declared that May 29th each year would a public holiday, “to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King’s return to his Government, he entering London that day.” The ‘returning King’ was Charles II and the public holiday would be called ‘Oak […]

The legacy of Queen Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

On this Friday, 27th January 2017, the magnificent cathedral in the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd […]

The burial of Queen of Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

This week-end the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd May 1533. She was exiled from court and […]

The Danes have gone – welcome to the Angles and the Saxons

Three men combined to drive the re-foundation of monastic life in England – King Edgar, St Dunstan & St Aethelwold. In the early 10th century Glastonbury was a popular place for Christian pilgrimage & also of Christian learning. The young Dunstan was educated there & then joined his uncle Athelm, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the royal court […]