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Monstrance & Clocks

Monstrance & Clocks

Here’s a bit of seriously obscure research that took me a while to nail down. I found a few monstrance clocks but wanted to know what they were and meant. Here’s one from the collection of the Guild of Clockmakers, now in the Science Museum: The original. monstrance was an ornate container for display and … Continue reading

Belief, Gardening and Rituals

Belief, Gardening and Rituals

My father was raised a Catholic, but when the church supported conscription in World War II and he was forced to become a soldier, he turned against it, and for the rest of his life railed against all forms of organised religion. As a result I grew up with little understanding of faith beyond singing … 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