The Celtic and Saxon Mission to Northumbria
THE CELTIC AND SAXON MISSION TO NORTHUMBRIA
Alex WhiteheadMaterial from the July 2011 Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
Durham Cathedral has been settling down for 1000 years and it is a very big barn. The present cathedral is Norman, part of the Norman conquest, it replaced a perfectly decent but somewhat smaller Saxon stone cathedral and was intended to be awe inspiring, not only to encourage the worship of God, or to provide a fitting shrine for St Cuthbert, but to ensure that the native Northumbrians were in awe of the Normans, who appointed a prince Bishop, who would rule the north temporally as well as spiritually, his coat of arms would carry a coronet as well as a mitre and a sword as well as a pastoral staff.
And yet, within the solidity of the great Norman cathedral has been constant movementů
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