By Bryan Talbot
Sunderland! 13 hundred years in the past it used to be the best heart of studying within the complete of Christendom and the very cradle of English awareness. throughout the time of Lewis Carroll it used to be the best shipbuilding port on this planet. To this urban that gave the realm the electrical mild bulb, the celebs and stripes, the millennium, the freedom Ships and the best British dragon legend got here Carroll within the years previous his most renowned publication, Alice in Wonderland, and listed below are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. input the well-known Edwardian palace of types, The Sunderland Empire, for a different adventure: an enjoyable and epic meditation on delusion, historical past and storytelling and choose for your self - does Sunderland particularly exist?
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The Thames is a marsh from the river mouth t o London. Between the high cliffs of the Downs, the coast of Kent drops to sea level, making great marshes where rivers meet the ocean. The water level in these marshes rises and falls with the tides: the marshes are impassible without the aid of a native guide. The Romney and Pevensey marshes prevent foot travel along the coast, and the Island of Thanet is separated from Kent by an equally bad marsh threaded by the Stour River. (There are several Stour Rivers: the Stour in Essex, and the Great, Little, and East Stour in Kent).
Stories of his first visit (429) contrast the vain and “good” Pelagian nobles with the “grace” given to common soldiers: Saxons and Picts melt away when Britons embrace the Roman Creed. Gaul probably sends St. Germanus to see if Britain i s militarily salvageable - and “Roman” enough to repay the effort. Whatever he reports does not matter, since the legions are soon unable to help themselves. Doug Bramwell (order #25702) Fifth Century Britain: War and Peace Before Aurelius. British armies rely only on the southeast’s passion for Roman mores, and a large but disorganized population.
Pelagianism: The only important British theologian, Pelagius, denied Original Sin and Predestination, teaching instead that Christians can redeem themselves by good deeds. As Britain parted from Rome, Pelagianism became a heresy, to be replaced by the Augustinian creed: we are redeemed only by Grace, which might enter a “bad” man as soon as a “good” one, since all men are sinners without God. Yet many British nobles remain Pelagian long after 400, either rejecting or (more likely) unaware of the new dogma.