Tower

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9 Responses to Tower

  1. Sid says:

    A site which might be almost as important for English Catholics as San Pietro in Carcere (S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami), Rome, is for all Catholics. In the Tower St. Thomas More was imprisoned. After his execution he was buried in an unmarked grave at the Tower’s parish church, St Peter ad Vincula. The martyr St. John Fisher was buried with him. I believe that St. Thomas More was executed in the Tower.

  2. Howard says:

    Because of its association with the likes of St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, and St. Edmund Campion, I would be more interested in the Tower than in Buckingham Palace. (And don’t get me started on Americans who refer to the British queen as though she were something more than Mrs. Windsor over here.)

  3. John says:

    That would be Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor.

  4. Amy H says:

    Goodness, how timely! I was just introduced to the writings of St. Edmund Campion (although without knowing he was a saint), which are fantastic! (At least the short selection I read.) A wonderful passage from his “Letter to the Privy Council,” 1580, announcing his imminent return to England as a (gasp!) Catholic priest, and asking his soon-to-be imprisoners for a theological debate:

    “Many innocent hands are lifted up to heaven for you daily and hourly … [and] are determined nver to give you over, but either to win you heaven or to die upon your pikes. And touching our Society [as he became a Jesuit, who were the ones sending these fellows back over, God give them glory], be it known unto you that we have made a league–all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practices of England–cheerfully to carry the cross that you shall lay upon us and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or to be consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted, so it must be restored.”

    Glory be to God! And it really happened, too; our Saints are no bluffers. The blood of the martyrs is the life of the Church!

  5. Jordanes says:

    That would be Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor.

    Or Mrs. Battenberg-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

  6. Londiniensis says:

    If we are going to be really nit-picking, Her Majesty could have been Mrs (von) Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg of the House of Oldenburg (née Guelph, of the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha).

    Guelph was changed to Wettin, which was then changed to Windsor.

    Von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg (Prince of Greece) was changed to Mountbatten. (It was Prince Philip’s uncle who had changed his name from Battenburg to Mountbatten.)

    Windsor was eventually changed to Mountbatten-Windsor, but only for the children of Her Majesty. The British Royal House remains the House of Windsor.

  7. David2 says:

    Hey, I’m an Aussie monarchist…a jacobite at heart as Queen Vctoria famously, and ludicrously said)…but, with all my faults, I love the Queen.

  8. David2 says:

    If we are going to be really nit-picking, Her Majesty could have been Mrs (von) Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg of the House of Oldenburg (née Guelph, of the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha).

    If we are going to be really nit-picking, that woud be frau. von etc…

  9. Thomas says:

    Couldn’t we just call her Heretic and leave it at that?

    Oh, no! So un-PC!