Bibles play a significant role in Wolf Hall. We know Thomas Cromwell kept an illegal Bible, printed in English, in his home. He meets with a group of early Protestants who are smuggling religious writing into England -- and several of those men are burned at the stake for it. Owning a Bible in Tudor England was no small thing. But owning a small Bible?
The BBC article is short on information directly related to Henry, Katherine, Anne, or anyone else whose name you may know/backside you've seen on an episode of the very terrible The Tudors, but it does give us a chance, real quick, to discuss the goings on with Katherine at this time.
We like knowing the beginnings of things -- this sort of purity of source. Many Evangelical Christians hold this hope in their heart that, if one were to drill far enough down/back into history, you'd find the purist version of Christianity that ever existed, before it was corrupted by politics and propositions, changed by shifting alliances and points of view. It doesn't work that way, though. There has never been an ur-version of Christianity at all. There have been Christianities. But can it work with a portrait? Can we pinpoint when a portrait was painted, and can we then know when someone's obsession started, the purist form of that possession?
It's haunted, guys. It is 100% haunted and you don't even need to convert that into grams or whatever temperature that confuses me so that a Londoner talks about how it was so hot at 14 degrees marmalade they had to take off one of the nine sweaters they were wearing.
There's a new documentary coming, A Tale of Two Sisters, which, I am promised, is not that weird Japanese horror film I saw where something upsetting happened to teeth. (I think it was teeth? Don't you dare tell me.) Instead, it looks at Elizabeth and Margaret, comparing and contrasting them with Anne and Mary.
Because ways lead on to ways, and time is a flat circle, there's an article in the Year of Our Lord 2018 titled: Fight to Read the Bible Reaches Britain. Yes it's a World Net Daily article. You don't have to click it.