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A choirboy from Worcester Cathedral was sent to London to audition for Mr Handel who was well known as a good judge of voice. The Boy sang. "Is this how you praise God in Worcester"?, Handel asked. "Yes Mr Handel", replied the boy. "God is Good", Handel replied, "and no doubt he will hear your praises in Worcester, but no man will hear them in London

-- George Frederik Handel



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 3 Part 2
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. The long dispute with the Abbot of Westminster was finally settled. The papal Legate took up residence at Osney, and when the scholars of Oxford went to pay homage they were insulted. A riot broke out and the Legate had to flee to Abingdon. All of Oxford's scholars were excommunicated and were forced to process from St. Paul's to Westminster and beg forgiveness. Bishop Roger banished usurers were banished form London, and many of the homes of foreigners were burned. Some belonged to the pope's bankers and Bishop Roger is forced to go to Rome and pay a large fine. He also stood up to the king and continued the work of enlarging and beautifying the cahtedral, at the cost of exhausting his treasury.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 3 part 1
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. We now come to the dark period in the minority of Henry III, when England, having been surrendered to the Pope by John, suffered the exploitation and indignity of a vassal State. But there were those who were ready to stand up to the power even of the Papal Legate. Even the weather seemed to roar its disapproval.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 2 part 5
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. London under Richard I ws a tumult which came to a head with the vicious execution of the firebrand William Fitz Osbert. The arrival if King John brought terrible times for the church, culminating in the Interdict that shut all the churches and silenced all the bells of London. The terrible silence ended when John humbled himself as the vassal of the Pope in St Paul's, as the Archbishop of Canterbury groaned aloud. Louis of France was invited to take the crown and restore England's sovereignity. He was welcomed with a magnificent Mass at St. Paul's.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 2 part 4
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. Bishop Foliot's row with Thomas a' Becket continued. The Bishop was in a sort of no-man's land but cintinued to function. The business ended with the murder of Becket. Foliot was absolved of the excommunication, but only after solemnly swearing that he had no part in the plot to kill Becket. We are introduced the literary Dean, Diceto and through him to the swcandal of the focarice of the Canons.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 2 part 3
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. After another fire, which destroyed the new cathedral in the episcopate of Robert de Sigillo, who died of eating poisoned grapes, and the silent episcopate of Richard de Belmeis who "came to a melancholy end" we come to the reign of Henry II and his elevation of Thomas a' Becket to the See of Canterbury. The Bishop of London at this time was the learned and holy Gilbert Foliot. Unfortunately, Becket considered him an enemy and our extract ends with his excommunication by the enraged, and exiled, Archbishop.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 2 part 2
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. We now come to the Norman period and the feudalisation of the Church. We learn that the unfortunate bishop, Hugh de Orivalle suffered from leprosy but was not deposed because of his spiritual"uncleanliness" and terrible visitation from God. His successor, however, suffered an even grater calamity when St. Paul's was compoletely destroyed in the great fire of 1087. A cataclysm as great as that of 1066, whibc destroyed its successor. But Bishop Maurice set about his work with Norman boldness and true prelatic magnificence of design. The new cathedral was reckoned among the noblest churches, not of England only, but of Christendom.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 2 part 1
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. WE now come to the Norman periods and the feudalisation of the Church. Politics meddling in Church affairs appeared at once in the strange story of Sperafocus and Bishop William. We hear, too, of the veneration of the people for Bishop William. Finally, he tells us of the first Ecclesiastical Parliament to be held in England, summoned by Archbishop Lanfranc, and which established the precedence of the Bishops in England which still holds today. It also decreed that no bones of animals were to be hung up and that no Bishop should sanction judicial sentences of death or mutilation.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 1 part 2
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. We complete Chapter One with a sprinkling of names Augustine, Gregory, Mellitus, Erkenwald and Dunstan - that still resonate through the stones of St Paul's. The chapter ends on the threshold of the Norman Invasion in 1066 which was to bring many changes and riches to the cathedral.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Chapter 1 part 1
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. Our first instalment takes us back to the Roman period and the evidence of a cult to Diana, the huntress goddess, on the hill itself, or in is close proximity.



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London's ChurchesThe Annals of St. Paul's: Index
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Wren's St Paul's Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories of St. Paul's have been written but one of the most "delightful" is that penned by Dean H H Milman in the 1860s. Here we present his great work for the enjoyment of the modern age. This page forms the detailed index to the whole work and will be updated as the uploading of the work progresses. To go to any Chapter or section of interest just click on the hyperlink. All pages have links to take you back to this index.



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