Category Monasticism

The end of Fenland Monasticism

Henry VIII inherited considerable wealth but, unlike his frugal father, Henry spent, flaunted and gambled with his money. His celebration of the peace agreement between France and England at the Field of Cloth of Gold, near Calais in 1520 is a perfect example of this. Keen to impress the French king, Francis I, Henry shipped […]

The story of Monastic Ely with Etheldreda & Sexburga

The story of Anna, the 7th century king of East Anglia is, as many of that time, rather convoluted. Here is not the place to try and unravel that but it is important that we look at the life of two of his daughters – Etheldreda and Sexburga – in our story of the monastic […]