Author Archives: Charles A. Coulombe

About Charles A. Coulombe

I am a Catholic Historical speaker and author.

Chapels Royal and the Ordinariates

Today being its Octave Day, my reference on the feast of the Epiphany to the Queen’s bestowal of gold, frankincense and myrrh upon her Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace may lead some to wonder about that institution, which is … Continue reading

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The Mixed Legacy of William Laud

On calendars across the Anglican Communion, January 10 is observed as the day of Blessed (or even Saint) William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr. He is pointed to – and quite rightly – as a defender of remaining and … Continue reading

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Napoleon III and the Monastic Patrimony

January 9 was the death day in 1873 of Napoleon III, soi-disant Emperor of the French and father of the Suez Canal.  HIM may seem to have little to do with the patrimony – and that is true. However, after … Continue reading

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St. Distaff’s Day

January 7, the day after the Epiphany, was – in Medieval Europe – the day when women returned to work with spinning and the like – hence the jocular name of “St. Distaff’s Day” for the Seventh. As usual Robert … Continue reading

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Queen Katharine of Aragon

On January 7 died Queen Katharine of Aragon, first casualty, in  sense, of Henry VIII’s seizure of control over the English Church. Although little remarked upon to-day, there is a blog dedicated to her cause for beatification. A cultus of sorts … Continue reading

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Royal Epiphany

From Curiosities of Popular Customs: “In memory of the Magi’s offerings, it is even to this day the custom for the British sovereign to make gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the Chapel Royal, St James. For many centuries … Continue reading

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From Robert Herrick for Twelfth Night

TWELFTH NIGHT :  OR, KING AND QUEEN. by Robert Herrick NOW, now the mirth comes With the cake full of plums, Where bean’s the king of the sport here ; Beside we must know, The pea also Must revel, as queen, … Continue reading

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