Thou canst marry; er, sorry, thou canst not….

I confess I had never considered this before. When Henry VIII made himself the head of the church in England, it became possible for hitherto celibate priests to marry. This situation continued under Henry’s son, Edward VI. But then, Catholic Queen Mary ascended the throne. . .and promptly sacked all those priests who had married.… Continue reading Thou canst marry; er, sorry, thou canst not….

A strange Reformation relic

Think of a cold week in this or your own country, with snow. On the last day, it thaws. You look out during the late afternoon and there remains a small patch of snow, in a seemingly random location.   In a way, the English Reformation was like this. It began, arguably, in 1534. By the… Continue reading A strange Reformation relic