CCC154: Crowded Out

Norwich Cathedral: 15 Oct 2021

Look at this. What do you see? Beautiful, isn’t it. The praise of God made permanent in stone.

But look again and see the oppression of the Saxon race, Norman stone that crowded us out of our homes.

Three parishes flattened so they could build this to assuage their guilt. Our houses, our churches… and we could not pray in there instead. This was for their monks, not for the defeated Saxon people.

Beautiful, yes. A beautiful construction that flattened and destroyed us. But we lower our eyes and we obey and we live to fight another day.

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48 Responses to CCC154: Crowded Out

  1. Sadje says:

    History has such dark patches.

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  2. Interesting bit of history and truth. But our views are usually a bit biased. She isn’t considering that the Saxons came from Jutland (Denmark) to crowd out the original occupants. 🙂

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  3. You have hit upon a personal passion for me, so I have described my feelings on visiting these magical edifices at’s CreativeChallenge154/10/20/2021

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  4. Dale says:

    ‘Tis a sad truth written exquisitely right here.
    And look at you posting the same day as you issue your challenge! What has overcome you?

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  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Religion often is the excuse for misdeeds 😕

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  6. nancyns384696 says:

    Interesting history, Crispina. I am always amazed at how many injustices we’ve done in the name of religion in our world’s history.


    • They were done in the name of religion because they had to be done in the name of something. Something usually had to be said to justify the deed. If religion wasn’t the culprit it would have been ethnicity or language or they’re just savages.
      If nothing else, just plain greed and power, but few conquerors have ever admitted, “We’re greedy and want all your treasures. “

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      • This is true. William of Normandy wanted England’s riches. He & his followers took whatever they could find. The worst offender was William’s half-brother, Odo Bishop of Bayeux, who emptied Canterbury cathedral of everything of worth

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  7. And when we look at the Church’s footprint on the Americas, it’s horrendous.


  8. The devout believing in their own power among the chaos created.
    I do enjoy reading about religious history. Nicely written, Crispina.
    Isadora 😎

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  9. GHLearner says:

    So true and so sad. I almost missed it, you posted so early. 😉

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