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Edward II in English Constitutional History

Published by Peter Mains on September 06, 2014 at 11:56 AM

William Stubbs likened the reign of Edward II to a play in three acts. Each act ends with a murder. In the first act, the king calls under the influence of Piers Gaveston, the king's counselor and favorite. Gaveston is murdered by the baronial opposi ... (read more)

Son of God Review

Published by Peter Mains on April 09, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I received a message on Twitter recently asking me what I thought of the new movie, "Son of God." At the time, I had not seen the film, but about two weeks ago, I went to go see it. My feelings on the movie were mixed. Having discussed and mulled the ... (read more)

The Gospel of John 21 (Do You Love Me?)

Published by Peter Mains on June 20, 2013 at 09:57 PM

This chapter starts at night, reminding us of the night Jesus was betrayed. Peter, taking the lead, goes out to catch fish, and a number of the other disciples follow. They spend all night fishing with no luck. Our efforts are the same without the pr ... (read more)

John 20 (The Resurrection of Christ)

Published by Peter Mains on February 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

In John 20, the narrative has progressed from the Crucifixion of our Lord to His Resurrection. The victory is won, yet Christ's followers are still fearful, not realizing what has transpired. This chapter of John starts at the empty tomb, and the fi ... (read more)

The Anglo Saxons, from Mainland to Conquest

Published by Peter Mains on December 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

This is a continuation of my series of posts, where I blog William Stubbs' The Constitutional History of England. This post, part 3, covers Volume 1, Chapters 3 and 4. Our mental image of medieval society is of kings, princes, princesses, dukes, kni ... (read more)

English Constitutional History 2: The Germans

Published by Peter Mains on December 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Caesar and Tacitus In his introductory chapter, Stubbs gave a broad overview of Europe and his Four Great Nations. Now he turns to the pre-medieval Germans. The constitution of these German peoples is sketched mostly in generalities. Particular trib ... (read more)

The Good Shepherd and the Bread of Life

Published by Peter Mains on December 09, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I have written previously about John the Evangelist's subtle use of pastoral imagery in John 6 that is hidden in the English translation, but visible in the Greek. Christ is the Shepherd who feeds His flock, and after the Bread of Life Discourse, m ... (read more)

William Stubbs' The Constitutional History of England: Part 1

Published by Peter Mains on December 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Notes on Volume 1 Chapter 1 If you pick up a serious, scholarly book on Anglo-American history, do not be surprised to find William Stubbs' A Constitutional History of England in the bibliography. Stubbs seems to hover throughout English medieval hi ... (read more)

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