|Sophie in front of the enclosure|
Visiting Salisbury Cathedral had the surprise benefit of being able to view the best quality of four surviving copies of Magna Carta (1215AD). This was the beginnings of the rule of Law, giving people freedom under the law and the protection of individuals from exploitation and abuse of power by rulers. You could see the passion for the law in Sophie's eyes as she saw this foundation document in legal history. Amnesty International were cleverly involved in sponsoring this exhibition put together for the 800th anniversary of its signing - seeking to communicate their passion for justice to others. Passion seems to be fueled by engaging with significant heritage items associated with that issue.
I have enlarged some of the print below so you can see the beautiful Latin lettering more easily.
|Baptistry at Salisbury Cathedral|
Salisbury cathedral also had a most artistic baptistry. I know some folks at East Taieri have been doing some work on the heating system for our baptistry. Thanks guys! I thought you might like to see this version, although I suspect it is only used for sprinkling, rather than immersion baptisms. I understand it took some work to ensure it was level for the mirror water surface and water to flow out all four overflow points equally.
Going back in time a little further, we visited the site of the Battle of Hastings (1066AD). Among other things we learned that King Harold II (the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England) was himself a rather passionate man, which may have been part of his downfall. When William (the Conqueror) led the Norman invasion of England, Harold could have taken his time, allowing William to march his army to Harold in London, stretching the already difficult Norman supply lines. However, in his urgency to deal to William, Harold marched his army to Hastings and launched into battle before all his troops had arrived and rested. The events of the battle of Hastings are recorded on a magnificent tapestry housed at Bayeux (in Normandy - near the D Day landings), preserved for over nine centuries. It shows two other types of passion fueling. One of William's leaders, Bishop Odo, is shown "comforting" the troops (i.e. urging them on into battle with a large club). This is often used to argue that the Holy Spirit as our "comforter" in John 14 of the KJV of the Bible has the role of urging us on in the spiritual battle. Certainly Bishop Odo fired up the troops. The next scene on the tapestry shows William lifting his helmet so his troops could see his face in order to dispel a rumour that William had been killed. Seeing him alive inspired the troops onward.
Similarly, for that most English of treats, cream tea. This is tea served with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and jam. Again, we saw many establishments claiming to serve the best cream tea in England. Their claims had to be assessed of course. While this was primarily marketing, it highlights for me the way that excellence and ownership are important for passionate service.
|Cream tea in Hastings|
Until next time, Martin.