Our Lady’s Dowry

Our Lady’s Dowry tells the Catholic story of England, from the first century to the twentieth. Until the 1500s it is a large story, synonymous with the history of Christianity in England. From the Reformation onward it becomes the story of a persecuted remnant, and how that small community survived persecution and martyrdom to emerge back into the mainstream of English life in the twentieth century. It is not a Catholic history of England, in that it focuses only on religious history rather than focusing on the whole story of English history from a Catholic perspective. It is also not a history of British Catholicism as a whole. For most of the time span of British Christianity, England, Scotland, and to a lesser extent Ireland and Wales, were separate countries. Although there are occasional excursions to other parts of the British Isles, the book focuses specifically on England.

Table of Contents:

The Glastonbury Thorn: St. Joseph of Arimathea

The First Martyr: St. Alban

From Britain to Ireland: St.Patrick

Brother Bishops: St. Cedd and St.Chad

The Abbess and the Cowherd: St. Hilda and St. Caedmon

The New Monks: St. Dunstan

England’s Nazareth: Our Lady of Walsingham

Bishops From Bec: The Church and the Norman Kings

Murder at Canterbury: St.Thomas Becket

From England to Jerusalem: The Crusades

The White Monks: St. Gilbert Harding and St. Aelred of Rievaulx

Quarrel with the Pope: The Church and King John

The Coming of the Friars: Franciscans, Dominicans and St.Simon Stock

Prayers in Stone: Medieval Cathedrals

Mystics and Pilgrims: Dame Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe

England Adrift: Henry VIII and the Break with Rome

Penal Times Begin: Catholics Under Elizabeth I

Please note: This online copy available solely for the use of families using the Mater Amabilis Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum. Please do not distribute copies outside your family, or pass this private website address to others without permission. 

© Kathryn Faulkner 2005. All rights reserved.

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