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.