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The Collapse of Ely Cathedral’s Central Tower, The Execution of Catherine Howard, and Happy Birthday Peter Tork and Oliver Reed

March 13, 2017



Old news.  I crave old news.   As the actual news gets more and more stupid, I find myself going first to the anniversary pages when I get up in the morning.

Over night (March 12-13) in 1322, the central tower of Ely Cathedral collapsed.  This dramatic event resulted in the subsequent creation of the fascinating octagonal space w know today.

On this day in 1542, Catherine Howard was executed.  Not so much written about Catherine Howard today, but just about the most successful Henrician historical novel before Hilary Mantel – The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford – charts her perplexed inner life with consummate assurance and fascination. Ford Madox Ford was also, incidentally, ahead of the game in offering a sympathetic portrayal of Thomas Cromwell.

A bunch of birthdays occur to me today.  Peter Tork (the funny looking one out of The Monkees) has a birthday today…

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