Tagged with Henry VIII

The Duke of Shoreditch Archery

This is some more from The Sports & Pastimes of the English: Henry VIII, having appointed a great match of archery at Windsore, a citizen of London, named Barlow, an inhabitant of Shoreditch, joined the archers, and surpassed them all in skill; the king was so pleased with his performance that he jocosely gave him … Continue reading

Aristocracy and Hawking

Aristocracy and Hawking

One of he great Indy films of England last century was ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, based on both animals and people having a fixed hierarchy. This is the full list, from Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: The eagle, the vulture, and the merlun, for an emperor The ger-faulcon, and the tercel … Continue reading

Troubled History of Hexham

This is some more from The Highways & Byways of Northumbria. This is about one of its most ancient and well known towns: Hexham had a very troubled history, the early portion of which culminated i 875 when the Danes, under Haldane landed and pillaged and destroyed Hexham along with many other churches. The church … Continue reading

Beyond Iconoclasm

This is my final trawling of Eamon Duffy’s book The Stripping of the Altars, so is a sort of summary of it. The English Reformation was not a single incident. Henry VIII did not abolish the Roman church in England with a single act, it was more a slow, drawn out struggle between radical reformers … Continue reading

Henry and Bad Timing

So much in English history seems to be a matter of timing, so it is interesting that Henry VIII could have got a divorce from the pope and kept England Catholic. Because when the letter from Henry requesting the divorce reached the then pope, Clement, he had got himself in a bit of a mess, … Continue reading

Dangers of Bible Reading

In April 1539 Henry VIII issued a proclamation, never issued, blaming the rising tide if murmur, malice and malignity on unsupervised Bible reading. He had hoped the English Bible would be read with meekness. But people were disputing in churches, alehouses, taverns, calling each other papists or heretics. He decided only qualified clerics were to … Continue reading

Defending Henry

I have long held that Henry VIII is the most important character in English history, so reading about how the Reformation happened, how the need for an heir plunged the country into such chaos is really intriguing. I got chatting to an alcoholic ex Jesuit priest to pick his brains as to how modern Catholics … Continue reading

Not Sons of  the Church, But Citizens

Not Sons of the Church, But Citizens

Some more details from the history  of St Bartholomew fair: The 13th Act of the 31st year of the reign of King Henry VIII confirmed the surrender of religious houses and gave the king power to seize those still standing. This did not just hand over power of religious practice to the king which continues … Continue reading

Blame it all on Henry

Blame it all on Henry

A lot of people think that religion is a bad thing, and to an extent I agree with them. But the beliefs are different to the practice, and I am constantly banging on about the importance of what Henry VIII did when he dissolved the monasteries. If you want to know how important these institutions … Continue reading