This book has been newly published by one of our members.
Who was Thomas Watson? Famous in his day, he was the epitome of Renaissance man: classical scholar, linguist, poet, playwright, musician, scientist, thinker, traveller, cosmologist, a man of intense curiosity. “A very learned man that could tell strange things”. His book of 100 love poems still intrigues, and musicologists admire his deft translations of Italian madrigals. He was a sociable companion, too, a loyal friend of poets and playwrights, and a wit-“witty Tom Watson“.
Watson mixed with the highest in the land, including the Earl of Oxford’s literary clique and the rival house of Philip and Mary Sidney. He was a close friend of the atheist Christopher Marlowe, and colleague of the Roman Catholic composer William Byrd. Yet, Watson also mingled with the basest in society. He was a government agent, an acquaintance of the spy master “Mr Secretary” Walsingham and a loved companion of his nephew. Scrapes and scandals dogged his life and even his death in 1592 aged 37 is blemished by a question mark.
History has neglected Tom Watson. By examining his works and the culture in which he mixed, Ian Johnson attempts to get a measure of the man
Sadly we have had to either cancel or postpone all our public events until further notice.
We are planning that our AGM and Day Conference will be go ahead via Zoom on October 24th when Dr Carmen Mangion will be speaking on Changing Dimensions of Women’s Religious Life from 1945-1990. We will keep you updated.
RICHMOND: FRIDAY March 13th, 11am (note time, there is Mass at 10am) St Elizabeth’s RC Church, The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. Nearest Tube and main line train RICHMOND. We will explore the Old Palace (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I) and then walk along the river to St John Henry Newman’s family home at Ham.
ISLINGTON: SUNDAY March 15th, 3.30pm at St John the Divine, Islington, London N1 8AL (nearest tube ANGEL). We will learn about the ancient shrine of Our Lady of the Oak, and a modern Catholic heroine, Caroline Chisholm.
RICHMOND: SUNDAY March 22nd. 3.30pm History Walk RICHMOND. Meet St Elizabeth’s RC Church, Richmond TW10 6AQ
WESTMINSTER: MONDAY March 30th, 6.30pm (after 5.30pm Mass). Meet steps of Westminster Cathedral London SW1P 1LT. We will explore Westminster, the Abbey, Parliament etc.
NO NEED TO BOOK – JUST TURN UP! Wear sensible clothing and shoes – we will be walking whatever the weather!
The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst is hosting an academic conference entitled The English Reformation and European Renaissance, whichwill take place on the afternoon of 28th March 2020 and will feature Professors Peter Davidson (Oxford) and Gerard Kilroy (UCL). They will examine the cultural interaction between England having undergone a religious revolution and continental Europe during the Renaissance.
Professor Davidson will examine how the poetry of the famous Jesuit saint, Robert Southwell, reached and sustained not only its immediate and Catholic audience, but a rather more diverse section of English society. Professor Kilroy will explore how English Catholicism was maintained and nurtured by exiles on the continent, and how a particular relationship between England and Europe continued as a result.
There will follow a Q and A session with the Professors and an optional evening seminar entitled Practical Problems in the Study of the British Catholic Diaspora. For full details and booking, please visit the event’s page on their website: https://christianheritagecentre.com/event/reformation-renaissance-conference/ Generous discounts are available for students booking as individuals or as part of a group.
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On Saturday 7th March the Christian Heritage Centre, Stonyhurst, Lancashire, will be running a family day on Our English Christian History and Its Saints. This will be a day of learning about and celebrating our English Christian story, and it will feature workshops, talks and a history walk for the adults, with parallel creative activities for the children. All are welcome of course, not just families! But we hope it will be a lovely day of community activity, fostered by buns, cakes and scones to help things along; and a glass of something bubbly to round it off! Please click here for more info and to register.
Medieval England was proudly Catholic and ostentatiously loyal to Rome. But from the late sixteenth century until recent times – and even now – anti-Catholic prejudice has been a cornerstone of English and British identity.
This lecture will look at how this prejudice grew out of the persecution of Protestants in the 1550s, at the idealistic historian who crystallised it, and at the political crises, real and invented, which turned his text into a paranoiacs’ charter.
Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597. You can read more about our history here. This lecture, like most of ours, is open to the public on a first come first served basis, but we can book seats for schools/ colleges for all our lectures. https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools.
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Our readers might like to listen to this excellent address by Professor Eamon Duffy on Cardinal Reginald Pole given to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham during a recent pilgrimage to Canterbury:
“The spiritual guide, the apologist, the modern visionary, the antidote to liberalism, the defender of conscience, the man who never sinned against the light – these are the reasons why Newman should be considered a Doctor of the Church.” Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019. This splendidly clear and informative talk by Fr Marcus Holden comes therefore at an apt moment in the life of the English Church.
Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast
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.