Category Archives: The English Tradition

Ideas about Christianity, other myths and folkloric traditions in Britain and the English church. Influenced by Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People and Matthew Parker’s mission to establish an historical precedent for a Church of England.

Nosy Parker


In between Cranmer, burnt at the stake for his adherence to Calvinism under Queen Mary, and Archbishop Laud, executed in 1645 for his opposition to Puritanism, we find Matthew Parker, appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Elizabeth I in 1559.  He is described in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church as ‘a wise and tolerant, though hardly a forceful, archbishop, preferring scholarship to controversy’.  That might remind some of a more recent archbishop; if avoiding controversy meant avoiding execution, it probably wasn’t a bad thing. (more…)

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2012: 35th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer

This has been a year of celebrations – we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in true British weather and we cheered on our athletes and sportspeople in the Olympics and Paralympics.  We celebrated finding a new sense of community and fellowship as we welcomed visitors from around the world to London.

One anniversary that will probably pass most people by, though, is the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer – the 1662 Prayerbook as it is often known.  (more…)

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