The Priory: Lost in Translation .

by | Oct 3, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Can we talk about the priority now?”

“Is this a castle?”

“No, it’s a Priory.”

“It looks like a castle.”

“Well, it’s not.”

“Why does it look like one then? There, look, that bit.”

“It was probably added later.”

“What?”

“The castle bit.”

“You said it wasn’t a castle.”

“It’s not.”

“So why is there a castle bit.?”

“It’s called fortification. It was probably added after the priory was demolished.”

“Demolished.”

“Yes, knocked down.”

“I know what demolished means. Why?”

“The king did it.”

“What king was that?”

“Henry the eighth. You know him right?”

“No, who was he?”

“The king.”

“Okay smart ass, I know that.”

“Sorry, it was like this. When he became king he said he was next to God.”

“Like a prophet?”

“Sort of. More like God’s representative on Earth. A kind of point of contact.”

“Interesting.”

“He called himself Defender of the Faith. It’s on all of our coins. F. D.”

“That’s ever so presumptuous.”

“He also had six wives.”

“Really? I thought you Christians could only have one wife?”

“Yes, one at a time. He kept changing them.”

“So, not all at once? How did he do that?”

“Usually by beheading them or divorcing them. He invented divorce, you know.”

“Invented it? Beheaded? That seems a bit extreme, couldn’t he just keep them all? It would be less cruel. I thought you were civilised.”

“I guess we weren’t all that civilised then. Anyway, back to the priory.”

“No, please tell me about the wives.”

“Basically he was a bit of a tosspot, but he was King so everyone obeyed him.”

“He certainly sounds like one.”

“Can we talk about the priority now?”

“You’re embarrassed about your king, right?”

“No. Well, yes, erm. I suppose.”

“So, tell me about the priory.”

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