Bits & Bytes of History

Our Most Famous Anglican Pirate

It commemorates a significant event in our Anglican History.  It is a 57 foot high Celtic cross –  Drake’s Cross – erected in 1894 by Church of England, marking the landing of Sir Francis Drake in 1579 and what happened there. Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) was a key figure in the court of Elizabeth the

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The Descensus Controversy

Did Christ descend into Hell after he died, or was his death on the Cross his Hell?  In the 16th century this question generated a lot of heat in our Church. It was called the Descensus Controversy, and Queen Elizabeth 1st and the authors of our Thirty-Nine Articles were smack dab in the middle of

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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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