Anti Catholic Junk History

Anti-Catholic junk history II: Mary I killed 284, Henry VIII up to 72,000 – but it's 'Bloody Mary' and 'Bluff King Hal'

By Gerald Warner: July 15th, 2010

Left: Mary I and her husband Philip of Spain National Portrait Gallery

It seems the phenomenon of Protestant propagandist misrepresentation of English history is inescapable this week. First, the Orangemen paraded inaccurate images of the Battle of the Boyne; now the London Dungeon is in trouble over its advertisements featuring “Bloody Mary” Tudor – Queen Mary I – on the London Underground. The complaint against the Dungeon is not that it perpetuated a sectarian myth but that it terrified children by juxtaposing a normal portrait of the Queen alongside one of her transforming into a flesh-eating zombie.

Actually the image does not appear any more terrifying than the average poster advertising horror videos or heavy metal bands; but the Advertising Standards Authority has prohibited further use of it. The poster was promoting a new show entitled “Bloody Mary”. A Dungeon spokesman was quoted as saying: “Bloody Mary killed over 300 heretics during her reign but was one of Britain’s lesser known villainous figures, overshadowed by her notorious father Henry VIII. The object of the advertising was to show the dark side of her personality and portray her as a villain.”

In other words, to promote junk history. Well, the London Dungeon is hardly an academic institution and at least he had the grace to admit that Henry VIII was “notorious”. That raises the question: why, in that case, devote a show about an “evil” monarch to Mary I, rather than Henry VIII? Because that is the black legend that has been perpetuated by establishment propaganda since the reign of Elizabeth I, is the evident answer. Even today, schools and universities are still subject to the mythology created by Sir Francis Walsingham and other creatures of Elizabeth, carried on by Victorian poets – “Fall into the hands of God, not into the hands of Spain…” and all that tosh.

Mary I burned 284 Protestant heretics, according to John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, which is unlikely to be an underestimate. Estimates of the number of executions carried out by Henry VIII range from 57,000 to the 72,000 claimed in Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles (the mass murder following the Catholic rising known as the Pilgrimage of Grace should be taken into account). The troops of his son Edward VI massacred more than 5,500 Cornish Catholics in the wake of the Prayer Book Rebellion. Elizabeth I was more sparing of formal executions, though St Margaret Clitheroe was pressed to death at York and Mary Queen of Scots beheaded; but the butchery in Ireland was appalling. There, Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queene, supported a policy of extermination by artificial famine on a scale that was not exceeded until Stalin in the 1930s.

So, why is it “Bloody Mary”, but “Bluff King Hal”, when the executions he ordered exceeded his daughter’s by more than 56,000 at the least? Why not “Bloody Harry”? Obviously, because he was the founder of the Church of England. That did not prevent him from burning the more advanced Protestant Anne Askew, who had the privilege of being racked in the Tower of London by the Lord Chancellor in person, which suggests that the divisions between conflicting wings of the Church of England were at least as vicious then as now.

The most recent study of Mary’s reign, Eamon Duffy’s Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor, authoritatively demonstrates that England at her accession remained a Catholic country at heart and was relieved to return to the practices of the old faith, which had not been abandoned out of mass apostasy but only in obedience to the personal policy of Henry VIII, enforced by terror.

This country remains marinated in anti-Catholic mythology as a consequence of centuries of relentless propaganda by establishment interest groups. The cult of “No Popery”, enshrined by statute in the Act of Settlement and currently being ventilated in opposition to the papal visit, is the one tolerated prejudice in an age of hysterical paranoia against “discrimination”. Fun venues such as the London Dungeon are hardly to be taken seriously; but it could be argued that in perpetuating anti-Catholic mythology in children’s minds it is pursuing a course that would get it into serious trouble if directed against any other minority group. The root problem is historical illiteracy and it will take the reform of weightier institutions than the London Dungeon to correct that.

London Daily Telegraph
More on Mary Tudor, here...

The Crowning Achievment of "La Pucelle"

It was on 17 July, 1429,(OS) Jheanne La Pucelle achieved what was her greatest accomplishment in liberating France. Charles VII was crowned King of France...more


I have been asked why I write Jhesu+Marie at the end of my blog. Other than the natural significance of repeating the names of the Saviour and the Virgin, Jhesu+Marie was sown on the banner that the "Maid" carried into battle. I feel that as I go into battle every day It is only proper that I place my blog under the protection of those who protected France and the Maid.

The last letter of Charlotte Corday

Farewells of Charlotte Corday to her father, 1793. The English translation is mine. I apologize for any bad phraseology. Charlotte is a personal favorite of mine.

Adieux de Charlotte Corday à son père, 1793.

Pardonnez-moi, mon cher papa, d'avoir disposé de mon existence sans votre permission. J'ai vengé bien d'innocentes victimes, j'ai prévenu bien d'autres désastres. Le peuple, un jour désabusé, se réjouira d'être délivré d'un tyran. Si j'ai cherché à vous persuader que je passais en Angleterre, c'est que j'espérais garder l'incognito, mais j'en ai reconnu l'impossibilité.

J'espère que vous ne serez point tourmenté. (...)J'ai pris pour défenseur Doulcet : un tel attentat ne permet nulle défense, c'est pour la forme. Adieu mon cher papa, je vous prie de m'oublier, ou plutôt de vous réjouir de mon sort, la cause en est belle. J'embrasse ma sœur que j'aime de tout mon cœur, ainsi que tous mes parents. N'oubliez pas ce vers de Corneille : "Le crime fait la honte et non pas l'échafaud."

c'est demain à 8 heures qu'on me juge. Ce 16 juillet.

Last letter of Charlotte Corday to her father, 1793.

Forgive me, my dear father, to end my existance without your permission. I avenged innocent victims, I prevented many other disasters. The people, in a less abused day, will rejoice to be delivered of a tyrant. I tryed to persuade you that I left for England, I hoped to remain incognito, but I recognized the impossibility (of doing that).

I hope that you not be tormented. (...)I took as my defender Doulcet: but such a trial does not allow any defense, this is the form. Farewell my dear father, I hope you try to forget me, or rather you rejoice you at my exit, the cause was beautiful. I kiss my sister and all of those in my heart, as well as my parents. Do not forget the words of Corneille, "The crime causes the shame and not the scaffold" .

Tomorrow at 8 o'clock I meet my judge. This July 16. Charlotte


A short biography of this Normand may be found here.


Relic Stolen from Boston Cathedral

...Relic of the True Cross Stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross
On Thursday, July 1, staff from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross learned that the relic of the true Cross was stolen from the Cathedral’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Boston Police were immediately notified and an investigation was begun to determine who might be responsible....

In Danville, Virginia, there is a piece of the True Cross at Sacred Heart Church. These portions of the True Cross uncovered by Saint Helen


Blessed Kateri Tekawitha

The blood of martyrs waters the seed of saints.

Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf were tortured to death by Huron and Iroquois Indians, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York in 1656.
She is the first person born in North America to be beatified.

Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations. When she was four, Kateri lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind. She was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief. He hated the coming of the Blackrobes (missionaries), but could do nothing to them because a peace treaty with the French required their presence in villages with Christian captives. She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.

Now she would be treated as a slave and because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.

She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.

For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day—and was accused of meeting a man there!

Her dedication to virginity was instinctive: She did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal. Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community, but the local priest dissuaded her. She humbly accepted an “ordinary” life. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation.

She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said, that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips.

She was beatified in 1980.

Her Feast is celebrated on July 14.

Merci and a tip of the beret to Dalton Lynch.

Dieu le Roy! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Gleaned from with thanks: http://www.catholicculture.org/

More here


Key to the Bastille

The bastille existed from 1370-1789

"Give me leave, my dear General to present you with a picture of the Bastille, just as it looked a few days after I had ordered its demolition,- with the main key of the fortress of despotism. It is a tribute, which I owe, as a son to my adoptive father, as an Aide-de-Camp to my General, as a Missionary of liberty to its Patriarch." Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, also known as: Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington, March 17, 1790

The storming of the Bastille by a Parisian mob on July 14, 1789, marked the beginning of the French Revolution. As commander of the Paris National Guard in 1789, the Marquis de Lafayette received the keys to the bastille and symbol of the Ancien Regime. In 1790, he sent this key and a drawing of the prison in ruins to George Washington, his former commander, who was serving his first term as America's first president in New York City. Washington prominently displayed the key as a "token of victory by Liberty over Despotism" in a custom-made, carved and gilded case in his Philadelphia executive residence and then in the Central Passage at Mount Vernon, where both objects remain to this day.

Forgotten was this "Ancien Regime" actions, through loans of money, arms and troops allowed the United States to gain it's independence from Great Britain. Without the help of the French monarchy the American War for Independence would have failed.

In 1789, during the storming of the Bastille, there were a total of 7 prisoners. It was randomly believed that gunpowder was stored in the Bastille and since the mob feared that King Louis XVI was planning a counter revolution, they wanted to arm themselves against the foreign troops that they believed (without foundation) the king had requested from other kingdoms in Europe.

The mob claimed a victory when they freed these 7 prisoners. They conveniently forgot the fact that of the seven 4 were forgers, 2 lunatics and 1 pedophile. (How ironic it is that Roman Polanski a known child rapist is coming to France after escaping extradition from the Swiss.)

Vive Le Roy!

Reflections on Bastille day

Catherine Delors gives us a look at the reasons behind the storming of the Bastille. You may find her blog here...

First let's put things in context. In 1789 France had been for decades in the grips of a budget crisis. It was due to the country's absurd tax structure, and had recently been aggravated by the French support of the American Independence War.

King Louis XVI, in order to implement new taxes, had called a meeting of the Etats-Generaux, the Estates General, on May 5, 1789.

For the King and his entourage in Versailles, the Estates General were simply an ad hoc gathering of elected representatives of the Clergy, Nobility and Third Estate (the commoners) of France, with one specific mission: resolving the budget deficit. It was also an occasion to display the pageantry of the monarchy.

For the rest of the country, it was a call to reform all that was rotten in the kingdom. Within weeks, the representatives of Third Estate, soon joined by members of the nobility and the clergy, styled themselves the "National Assembly" and pledged to give France a written Constitution. In an absolute monarchy where the only rule had been le bon plaisir ("the good pleasure") of the King, that in itself was a Revolution, and people already called it so before Bastille Day.

Louis XVI was a very undecisive statesman. Should we say that he was too kind a man to be a competent politician? He was torn between the hardliners, led by his wife, Queen Marie-Antoinette, and the reformists, led by one of his younger brothers, the Count de Provence. As a result, Louis XVI wavered between contradictory positions during all of the Revolution. How did the King react to the reunion of the commoners, noblemen and clergy into a single National Assembly? At first he strongly opposed it, then he encouraged it. All of this was happening in Versailles, ten miles from Paris.

What about Paris? Something extremely worrisome had happened there: the King had lost any control of law enforcement in his own capital. The city had been regularly racked by hunger riots, always crushed without mercy by a regiment called the Gardes Francaises, the French Guards (unlike much of the French Army, it was not composed of foreign mercenaries.) Some riots had ended with hundreds of casualties among the insurgents. People often ask why the French Revolution was so violent. The response is fairly obvious: it occurred within an already violent society.

Thank you Catherine and a tip of the beret...

Vive Le Roy!


"What to Bring with You on Your Voyage to the New World" Seminar July 17, 2010 St. Augustine, FL

On Saturday, July 17th, La Compania de Juan Ponce de Leon (The Company of Juan Ponce de Leon) will host classes on the basic, historically accurate, early 16th-century garb and personal gear that will be required of our group's members. These classes –"What to Bring with You on Your Voyage to the New World" – will be the first in a series in our Colegio de Juan Ponce de Leon (College of Juan Ponce de Leon). The Colegio's classes will be designed to help get our volunteers accurately kitted out and prepared for la Compania's proposed April 2011 "First Landing" re-enactment and Florida's 500th anniversary observances in 2013.

Additional information on these classes is attached. Participation in these classes and the class materials will be limited *solely* to paid members of la Compania. For further information on La Compania de Juan Ponce de Leon, please contact us at info@companyofponce or (toll-free) 1-877-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478).

This Event is sponsored by La Compania de Juan Ponce de Leon,a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the support of living history activities, events, and portrayals related to the history of Florida.



Roman Polanski and Mel Gibson

Distressing news, the Swiss have refused to extradite Roman Polanski.

"Shamed film director Roman Polanski is set to receive a hero's welcome in France after escaping extradition to the U.S. to face child sex charges.

Mr Polanski was released today by Swiss authorities after spending ten months in prison and then under house arrest in the ski resort of Gstaad. He is thought to be on his way back to France tonight.

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Switzerland's Justice Minister, told a press conference in Bern: 'Mr Polanski can now move freely. Since 12.30 today he's a free man
.'" More from the Daily Mail UK.

My feelings about Polanski have not changed. Polanski was indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molestation and sodomy, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. Before he was sentenced he fled to Europe. Sexual intercourse with a minor is rape. Polanski is a rapist. He is now free to roam around France. Shame on France for allowing this fellow to be free in that country. Earlier articles from me are here. and here...

...And then there is Mel Gibson. Here is a Lindsey Lohan train wreck going on and is indicative of how far we as a society have fallen, when these monied elites say and do anything with impunity and given adulation. Where are womens rights groups? Well Mel, you have reached the point where you sound like an inmate, maybe it's time for you to be one... ...and while he did use the N word, Whoopi say your not a racist, but then again she says Polanski in not a rapist...

California needs to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.


Saint Louis, d'après Steven Runciman

"En décembre 1244, Louis IX, roi de France, tomba désespérément malade de malaria. Tandis qu'il était près de mourir, il jura de partir en Croisade s'il se remettait. Sa vie fut épargnée ; sitôt que sa santé le lui permit, il entreprit ses préparatifs. Le roi avait alors trente ans, c'était un homme grand, gracile, blond, à la peau blanche, constamment accablé d'érysipèle et d'anémie ; mais son caractère ne manqua jamais de force. Peu d'êtres humains ont été aussi consciemment et sincèrement vertueux. En tant que roi, il se sentait responsable devant Dieu du bien-être de son peuple ; aucun prélat, pas même le pape, n'était autorisé à s'interposer entre son devoir et lui. Sa mission consistait à assurer un gouvernement juste. Bien qu'il n'eût rien d'un innovateur et respectât scrupuleusement les droits féodaux de ses vassaux, il attendait d'eux qu'ils jouent leur rôle et s'ils y manquaient, amputait leurs prérogatives. Cette sévère dévotion lui valait l'admiration de ses ennemis eux-mêmes ; et elle était encore accrue par sa piété personnelle, son humilité, son austérité spectaculaire. Ses critères d'honneur étaient élevés : il ne rompit jamais un serment. Il se montrait impitoyable envers les malfaiteurs ; et il était dur, même cruel, dans ses rapports avec les hérétiques et l'Infidèle. Ses intimes jugeaient sa conversation pleine de charme et de tendre humour, mais il restait hautain avec ses ministres et ses vassaux ; à l'égard de ses propres enfants, il se montrait un maître despotique. Sa reine, Marguerite de Provence, avait été une enfant fière et gaie, mais il l'avait domptée et obligée à adopter un comportement plus approprié à la femme d'un saint.

En cette époque où la vertu était si souvent admirée, si rarement pratiquée, le roi Louis était très au-dessus de ses pairs."

Steven Runciman, Histoire des Croisades

Merci Mickelaus


The New American Religion

One of my questions to priests is why should I be Catholic and not some other Christian sect? Most of them mumble something about getting the "fullness of the faith". Nothing is mentioned of "salvation". However the below five items will talkto the "New Faith of American Catholicism"...

1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth." 2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions." 3. "The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself." 4. "God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem." 5. "Good people go to heaven when they die."

That, in sum, is the creed to which much adolescent faith can be reduced. After conducting more than 3,000 interviews with American adolescents, the researchers reported that, when it came to the most crucial questions of faith and beliefs, many adolescents responded with a shrug and "whatever."

Thanks to Christine at Laudem Glorae