Richard White

Richard White

The Prophecy That Doomed A King

He was incensed, in fact all in Friar William Peto’s religious order were incensed. The patroness of the Grey Friars of Greenwich,  Henry VIII’s wife,  Queen Catherine of Aragon was being abused. Maybe not physically, but certainly in every other way possible.  The Queen, a faithful and godly woman,  was a victim. She was held …

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The Popish Plot Playing Cards

They were shocking, graphic, and very political. Anyone courageous enough to host a night of with the so-called “Popish Plot Playing Cards,” would have a stimulating evening.  The cards pictorially recounted the presumed attempt by Roman Catholics to overthrow the government and kill the king, King Charles II.    The so-called “Popish Plot” itself caused hysteria …

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Are we Anglican or Episcopalian? The Labels We Wear

What’s the difference between the terms  “Anglican” and “Episcopal?” Isn’t it a bit of “overshoes” versus “galoshes?”  Don’t they identify the same thing? History and current usage show that why and when we use these labels is complicated. The origins of the word “Anglican” are simple enough.  The word “Anglican” can be traced back to …

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The Crusade that Never Happened

The two monarchs had a common nightmare.  The news of a foreign, blue-coated invader with plumed helmets marching into Europe unsettled them both.  Henry VIII, the King of England, and Charles V, “Holy Roman Emperor” and ruler of most of southern and Eastern Europe may have had their spats in the past, but the blue-coated …

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How Civil Marriage became “Holy Matrimony” – Part Two

They didn’t keep minutes or record the heretical opinions of its members, but for the “Little Germany” group, the White Horse Tavern in Cambridge was their watering hole.   It was the mid 16th century. England’s future Protestant leaders were college students. Men like William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, Thomas Bilney and the …

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How Civil Marriage Became “Holy Matrimony” – Part One

The lone figure spent weeks trekking from his home in mountain-rich northern Italy, along valley roads, through the  rugged terrain of Lyon and the friendly villages of the Loire Valley to the small city of Rheims. He submitted to a few years of academic drudgery until he got the invitation. Paris summoned him. Paris in …

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The Clandestine Marriage Act of 1753

The town of Magherangeeragh, Northern Ireland would never forget it.  It was in November 1937.  The clergyman had not met the couple to be married. Rebecca Cunningham, the bride, and Christopher Craig, the bridegroom were strangers to him. When Rebecca arrived she was escorted by Albert Muldoon the best man, and the clergyman didn’t bother …

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