The companion to St. Paul's cathedral, etc
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: E. M. Cummings
Excerpt from book: PART II. THE OLD CATHEDRAL. There are many vague legends upon record respecting the period at which Christianity was first propagated in Great Britain : and among them is one which attributes that service to the Apostle Paul, whose name distinguishes this Cathedral. But the degree of faith to be placed on the current stories related of the primitive foundation of St. Paul's, may be inferred from the fact, that Sir Christopher Wren could only conjecture, that it was built upon the site of a Preetorian camp, established by the Romans, and reduced to ruins during the persecutions of Dioclesian, in the third century. Upon the ruins of that edifice, it is supposed another structure was raised, in the reign of Constantino the Great. But the relapses into paganism were frequent : and the foundation of the Christian Church was extremely precarious, until the reign of Ethelbert, king of Kent, who commenced the original Cathedral, in the year 610, and also presented to the Bishop of London, and the monastery of St. Paul's, the manor of Tillingham in Essex, which it still retains, and 3,000 acres of marsh land, north of the city walls, which, however, is no longer possessed by the Church. Notwithstanding this encouragement, the progress of Christianity soon dwindled away, and thirty-eight years had passed in apostacy, when St. Paul's was consecrated a-new by St. Chad: but he was unable to retain possession, not having sufficient followers to support him, he was therefore obliged to retire into Northumberland with many of his followers, where a violent pestilence depopulated the province. Erkenwold, 54 THE OLD CATHEDRAL was the fourth Bishop of London, whose name has been very honourably preserved: he was a shining example of the religion he professed, and the Church which he g...