This is a very interesting article, especially since one doesn’t think that much about Catholic contributions to British economy, political liberty, and literacy.
The invention of liberty, literacy and prosperity have all been wrongly portrayed as Protestant developments
Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Church’s role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton.
But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel.
However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic prosperity and literacy, all of which are seen as being linked to Protestantism.
Yet not only was Magna Carta overseen by churchmen…
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