|Whitefriars Shopping Centre|
If you find yourself there amidst the bustle of shoppers, please take a moment to recall Saint John Stone. One of the White Friars for whom the place is named, Saint John fell victim to King Henry VIII's murderous assault on the Church. I mean to pick no bone with the Anglican Church today, but Fat Hank's insistence upon the death of anyone who did not recognize him as the head of the Church is indefensible.
|The Whitefriar is wearing black?|
Almost all the Augustinian Friars signed too. Only John Stone decided to make a speech instead. Bishop Dick testified to Tommy Crommy that he "very rudely and traitorously used himself before all the company... To write half his words and order there it were too long to write." I will forgive the Bishop his syntax but not his participation in the murder. Yngworth ordered that John Stone be arrested. He was held for a time in Canterbury, but then transferred to the Tower of London. Eventually the King (or perhaps Cromwell) got around to sending him back to Canterbury for trial and execution.
|From the scaffold on Dane John, St. John could look down on Whitefriars|
Although the dies natalis might have been December 27, and his own Order celebrates his feast on October 25, the good scholars at the Medieval-Religion Archives say that December 23 is among his feasts. Their word is good enough for me.
If all the shopping at Whitefriars (jewelry at Beaverbrooks, jeans at Republic) wears you out, you can grab a sandwich and hot coffee at EAT. After all, Marks and Spencer debuted their kitchen goods line at Whitefriars -- you wouldn't want to skip that.