Category Monasteries

The answers from last week’s Tudor challenge – and 5 more for you

6. Henry VIII had six wives – and half of them were executed.  This is false.  He did have six wives – but only two were executed.  The sequence I learned at school went – divorced – beheaded – died – divorced – beheaded – survived.  The ladies in question were: Catherine of Aragon who […]

The Monasteries in the 15th century

By the 15th century the monastic houses of the Fenlands had been in existence for over 400 years and a great deal of the original zeal had dissipated. It is significant that visitations by Bishops or their representatives increased during this time – and what they found was often far removed from what the Benedictine […]

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 […]