Thursday, May 19, 2005

From Joseph Oliveri



England’s oldest altarpiece restored to former glory
And will return to Westminster Abbey* and not end up in a museum, thank God

*The Collegiate Church of St Peter, not a cathedral (it was once, briefly) but originally the church of St Peter’s Benedictine Abbey. It’s now what’s known as a Royal Peculiar (thanks for the link, John Treat) — the priests answer directly to the Sovereign, not to the Bishop of London (canonically, not sacramentally!). St George’s in Windsor Castle is the same way.

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