ECHA are pleased to join the Midland Catholic History Association on a visit to Reading Abbey on 3rd July 2019. The programme will be:
10.15 Arrival and coffee, St James’ Church
10.45 prompt Talk on Reading Abbey, John and Lindsay Mullaney
12.00 Mass in St James’ church
1.00 Guided tour of the Abbey ruins
2.30 ‘The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell’, Tony Hadland
3.30 Tea and departure
** members will have to bring sandwich lunch because of the limited time available. Hot drinks will be available
Bookings with fee of £10 per person
Study visit to Dublin – 12-16 August 2019
A visit to ecclesiastical and civil archives and related institutions in Dublin
Enquiries about the provisional programme and other aspects of the visit to:
Mr Paul Shaw, St Mary’s Convent, 10 The Butts, Brentford, Middlesex
Tel: 0208 568 7305
The Hunted Priest: Fr John Gerard, the English Mission and the Gunpowder Plot
Date – Wednesday 22nd May
Time – 6.45pm
Cost – Free/donation
Location – Farm Street Hall
Description – Landing at night on the Norfolk Coast in October 1588, Fr John Gerard SJ very successfully ministered to English Catholics for 17 years in extraordinary circumstances. After many daring escapes he suffered imprisoned and torture, famously escaping from the Tower of London in 1597 to continue his work until 1605. The talk is by his ten greats nephew, Michael Maslinski, who last year persuaded the BBC to withdraw inaccurate allegations in a documentary that he had been a central figure in the Gunpowder Plot
It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Michael Protheroe in December 2017. He will be remembered at ECHA for his indefatigable research into the Christian history of Glastonbury. Many of his publications relate to this research and are listed below and at the end of the short obituary which we placed in our March 2018 newsletter. If anyone reading this notice knows of other publications which we have not listed, we would appreciate knowing of them. Please send an email to us via the Contact Us page. You can read the (slightly corrected) obituary by clicking here.
As a tribute to Michael we are placing on this page a talk entitled King Arthur and Our Lady of Glastonbury which he gave to our members during our visit to Cornwall in 2009. His inimitable and self-effacing style is evident, as well as his attention to the detail of early English history he so loved to share. Click on the arrow below to listen. Here is a photo of Michael speaking at that meeting.
Publications by Michael Protheroe A History of Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, 1676-1976. Published by The Old Caldeian Union and the Parents Association 1976.
A Hidden History of Roman Catholicism in Glastonbury over the last 400 years, Glastonbury Conservation Society Newsletter, No 108, 2003.
In Somerset and Dorset Notes & Queries VOL XXXVI Gildas, Glastonbury and the Genetrix: A Historiographic Review, March 2008, Part 367, No.36. St Wilfrid and Glastonbury, March 2009, Part 369, No.48. Glastonbury’s ‘Holy’ Well Demystified, Sept 2009, Part 370, No.58 Glastonbury’s Urtext, March 2010, Part 371, No.63 New Light on the Mystery of Glastonbury’s Old Church, Sept 2010, Part 372, No.70
In Somerset and Dorset Notes & Queries VOL XXXVII Pre-Conquest Glastonbury and Montacute, March 2011, Part 373, No.5. Glastonbury as Roma Secunda: An Excursus, Sept 2011, Part 374, No.6. Glastonbury and Tintagel: Parallels and Links? Sept 2011, Part 374, No. 11 Blake, ‘Jerusalem’, and Glastonbury, March 2013, Part 377, note. The Iconography of the North Doorway of Glastonbury’s Lady Chapel, Sept 2013, Part 378, note. Saxon Somerset and the Eternal City: Links in a Chain, Sept 2014, Part 380, No.50 Saints of Glastonbury and the Making of ‘Engalande’: The ‘Secgan’ Evidence, Sept 2015, Part 382, No.63.
In Devon and Cornwall Notes & Queries St Aldhelm in Dumnonia, Autumn 2011. The Chapel at Golden: a conundrum resolved? Autumn 2016 The Origins of Buckfast in context: A reassessment. Autumn 2017
On the ECHA website (audio) www.echa.co.uk/listen King Arthur and Our Lady of Glastonbury, Tintagel, 2009.