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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 ľ 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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London's ChurchesLondon's MediŠval Parish Churches: Part 1- From The Tower to Cornhill
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The MediŠval London skyline was dominated by church spires. There were 126 parish churches crammed into the "Square Mile" in the 12th century. By the 14th century the number had been reduced to 110. This article, together with the three following articles, provides a brief description and history of each parish church. Where possible the dates of foundation or the date of the first documentary reference are given. The dates of destruction, reconstruction and suppression, where appropriate, are given for each parish church. These articles are the prologue to a more comprehensive coverage of the individual parish churches which will follow later in the year.

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London's ChurchesLondon's MediŠval Parish Churches: Part 4 - From Cheapside to Ludgate and Without the Walls
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The MediŠval London skyline was dominated by church spires. There were 126 parish churches crammed into the "Square Mile" in the 12th century. By the 14th century the number had been reduced to 110. This is the last in a series of four articles which provides a brief description and history of each mediŠval parish church. Where possible the dates of foundation or the date of the first documentary reference are given. The dates of destruction, reconstruction and suppression, where appropriate, are given for each parish church. These articles are the prologue to a more comprehensive coverage of the individual parish churches which will follow later in the year.



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London's ChurchesSt Mellitus - Bishop of London
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On April 24th 604 died St Mellitus, first Bishop of London, founder of St Paul's and third Archbishop of Canterbury. He was the leader of the second band of missionaries sent to England from Rome in 601 by Pope Gregory. He carried a number of epistles from the pope to Augustine, amongst them the instruction that would determine the manner of Christian evangelising for centuries to come. Mellitus was consecrated the first Bishop of the East Saxons whose capital was London and established the first St Paul's church on Ludgate Hill. A reversion to paganism in 616 saw him expelled from London to Kent from which he travelled to Gaul and Rome. He returned to become Archbishop of Canterbury in 619 but did not in his lifetime witness the restoration of the See of London which lay vacant for thirty eight years.

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London's ChurchesThe Bishops of London
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Archaeological and documentary evidence suggest that Christianity arrived in Britain before the third century. However, the first mention of a Bishop of London is not until the early fourth century and it is not until the seventh century that the record begins to appear complete. The present Bishop is believed to be the 132nd occupant of the See. This article provides as complete a list as possible with one 119 named bishops, 118 of them in an unbroken sequence from AD 604.

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London's ChurchesLondon's MediŠval Parish Churches: Part 3 - From the Walbrook to Cheapside
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The MediŠval London skyline was dominated by church spires. There were 126 parish churches crammed into the "Square Mile" in the 12th century. By the 14th century the number had been reduced to 110. This is the last in a series of four articles which provides a brief description and history of each mediŠval parish church. Where possible the dates of foundation or the date of the first documentary reference are given. The dates of destruction, reconstruction and suppression, where appropriate, are given for each parish church. These articles are the prologue to a more comprehensive coverage of the individual parish churches which will follow later in the year.



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London's ChurchesLondon's MediŠval Parish Churches: Part 2 - From Cornhill to the Walbrook
Posted by Bill McCann on (1183 Reads)
The MediŠval London skyline was dominated by church spires. There were 126 parish churches crammed into the "Square Mile" in the 12th century. By the 14th century the number had been reduced to 110. This is the last in a series of four articles which provides a brief description and history of each mediŠval parish church. Where possible the dates of foundation or the date of the first documentary reference are given. The dates of destruction, reconstruction and suppression, where appropriate, are given for each parish church. These articles are the prologue to a more comprehensive coverage of the individual parish churches which will follow later in the year.



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London's ChurchesLondon's MediŠval Parish Churches: Introduction to the Series
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The MediŠval London skyline was dominated by church spires. There were 126 parish churches crammed into the "Square Mile" in the 12th century. By the 14th century the number had been reduced to 110. This is the last in a series of four articles which provides a brief description and history of each mediŠval parish church. Where possible the dates of foundation or the date of the first documentary reference are given. The dates of destruction, reconstruction and suppression, where appropriate, are given for each parish church. These articles are the prologue to a more comprehensive coverage of the individual parish churches which will follow later in the year.



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