A 17th Century cottage with an unusual past: the “Exorcist’s House” of King’s Lynn | Flickering Lamps

The fenland town of King’s Lynn has a long history, and unsurprisingly a few dark tales have been remembered and passed on through generations of townspeople over the years.  Once a thriving …

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: the Story of the Three Condemned Innocents. | If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

The reign of Constantine The Great was not always stable. Borders had to be protected, laws enforced and if unrest broke out or even a sniff of conspiracy surfaced, Constantine also dealt with these matters seriously and harshly. Often though he left law enforcement in regional centres to be carried out by governors and local authorities. In this setting Church leaders or bishops would also come to play an important role in Constantine’s new world by acting often as imperial officials to administer law and justice. The people of the empire then not only looked to their prefects, but to their local Bishops to help maintain law and order. In some Christian legends, Bishops like St. Nicholas would play an important role in…

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Masterclass in Byzantine Mosaics (Part 1) – The History of the Byzantine Empire

Who would have thought that a tiny small square piece of stone, glass or pottery called tesserae would have such an important impact on culture and art history? As far back as the fourth millennium, on the walls of the Uruk in Mesopotamia, pieces of coloured stone cones were inlaid in a pattern, that bear a resemblance to mosaics. In the period of ancient history, more familiar to us though, the Greeks and pre-Christian Romans, enriched the floors of Hellenistic villas and Roman dwellings with magnificent mosaics. Mosaics were made almost always strictly for the rich, in painstaking detail, by the best artists of the day. Some of the most popular subjects for mosaics in ancient Greece and Rome were…

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The Great Persecution – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

The first truly organised persecution of Christians came after the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD under the Emperor Nero. Looking for a scapegoat in the devastating aftermath of the fire, he found it in the Christians. He would blame them for the fire because of their apocalyptic belief that Rome and the world would end by fire. This led to an active and organised campaign against them. The second and third centuries sporadically saw more of the same prosecutions, especially under the reign of Emperors Decius and Valerian. The last and truly terrible persecution of Christians occurred at the beginning of the fourth century. A general edict of persecution, under the authority of Emperor Diocletian, was published on February 24th, 303 AD. Interestingly, on the day before the edict was published, Diocletian ordered…

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The Great Storm of 1703 (Snippets 33) | Windows into History

Originally posted on Windows into History.


The Great Storm by JS Muller

One of the most severe disasters to ever occur in England was the Great Storm of 1703, which caused enormous structural damage, the loss of the entire Channel Squadron of ships, and thousands of lives lost.  It was the subject of newspaper articles and books for many years, and towards the end of the 18th Century it was still being discussed, with particular reference to the religious implications.  The church had announced shortly after the storm that it was a divine punishment.

The Seventh Day Baptist minister and writer of 39 hymns, Samuel Stennett, gave a sermon on the topic in 1788, which was published the same year, titled A Sermon in Commemoration of the Great Storm of Wind.  He provided a useful summary of the…

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The Carmelites of Compiègne | the fouduroy

Originally posted on the fouduroy. (Translation by Google with a little adjustment by me; it’s still not entirely perfect!)

The 16 Carmelites of Compiègne were innocent nuns who were arrested in June 1794 by the republican authorities whose policy of repression by the Terror had now reached the level of hatred and violence, with regard to France and the French, The highest.

Transferred to Paris, they were incarcerated in the Conciergerie. There, the 16 Carmelites courageously continued to live their faith in dignity. According to a witness, a certain Denis Blot, they were heard every night at two in the morning, reciting their office. On 16 July 1794, they kept the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with such enthusiasm that tell a prisoner the day before their death seemed a great day of celebration for them.

They were then brought before the Revolutionary Court in the infamous Fouquier. After a few minutes of questioning without witnesses or a lawyer, the court sentenced to death the 16 innocent Carmelites of Compiègne for “fanaticism, sedition and conspiracy against the republic.” It is from this show trial that Stalin, a fine example of a bastard and worthy heir of this so-called “French” revolution, will draw for his purges 142 years later.

Immediately after the statement of the judgment, the 16 innocent Carmelites of Compiègne got into the carts that brought them up to Place du Trône-Renversé (now Place de la Nation). Serene, courageous, dignified and indifferent to the insults, they sang on the trip, the Miserere and the Salve Regina, and drawing the admiration of the crowd.

They arrived at the foot of the scaffold, dressed in their white coats, singing the Te Deum followed by Veni Creator. Singing the Laudate Dominum, the 16 Carmelites of Compiègne went to the gallows one after another with courage and dignity. The Mother Superior of the Carmelites went there last. The singing nuns climbing the scaffold impressed and highly stunned the crowd and the executioners who had rarely seen behaviour so worthy.

After execution, the bodies and the heads of the 16 Carmelites of Compiègne were thrown at night by Republican cowardice, in a common grave in the cemetery of Picpus.

This violence towards France Eternal is still embodied and exercised by governments sometimes called “right” sometimes called “left” but still animated by a common hatred of France they are working to destroy by all means for the interests of big capital and globalized finance.

Compiègne Carmelite The memory must forever, animate and encourage us to combat all forms of democratic and republican regime as it will continue to tarnish our beautiful land of France, that of our ancestors, of our … The Kings they confiscated us.

Pay tribute to the Carmelites of Compiègne victim of revolutionary fury.

Sister Constance of Jesus (Marie-Geneviève Meunier, 29) (novice)
Sister Saint Louis (Marie-Anne Brideau, 42)
Sister Euphrasia of the Immaculate Conception (Marie Brard, 58)
Sister Julie -Louise Jesus (Pink Christian Neuville, 53)
Sister Sainte Marthe (Marie Dufour, 51)
Sister of Jesus Crucified (Marie-Anne Piedcourt, 78)
Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit (Angelica Roussel , 52) (lay sister)
Sister Saint Francis Xavier (Juliette Verolot, 33) (lay sister)
Sister Teresa of St. Ignatius (Marie Gabrielle Trezel, 51)
Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection (Anne Marie Thouret, 78)
Sister Teresa of the Heart of Mary (Marie-Anne Hanisset, 52)
Sister Catherine (Catherine Soiron, 52, doorkeeper)
Sister Teresa (Teresa Soiron, 49, doorkeeper)
Henriette Mother of Jesus (Marie Françoise Gabrielle de Croissy, 49)
Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence (Marie-Anne Pelras, 30)
Mother Teresa of St. Augustine (Marie-Madeleine-Claudine Lidoine 41 years)

via The Carmelites of Compiègne | the fouduroy.

Play Date at the Zoo; The Sad Tale of Ota Benga

Author Adrienne Morris

Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga lived in a cage at the Bronx Zoo with the monkeys in 1906 and became a hugely popular exhibit as proof of evolution. Ota was a Pygmy from the Congo when the Congo was the playground and money making property of King Leopold of Belgium.

The pygmies were competitors in the ivory trade and  were systematically killed off; the rationale being that the pygmies,  so small and stupid, were obviously just one evolutionary tick away from the little monkeys. Darwin once wrote: “The civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace, the savage races throughout the world.”  No biggie. Science was the new religion–minus the love and compassion.

Ota came to America after he was purchased by a noted American explorer from South Carolina, Phillips Verner, who planned to exhibit him at the 1904 World’s Fair. Falling on hard times…

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