Friday, May 11, 2012

Bury St. Edmunds

Trying to call the monks.
We went on a little adventure today!  Click here for more photos!  Bury St. Edmunds is a lovely little town about 30 minutes from base with an incredible cathedral and abbey gardens and ruins.  The cathedral and ruins are only a sliver of what used to stand before Henry VIII decided to abolish all things established by Catholic authority.  St. Edmund is a martyr that died at the hands of the vikings in his refusal to deny Christ.  After Henry banished all the Catholic monks and told them to get new jobs, they forgot (I think on purpose) to tell anyone where the body of Edmund was buried; I would imagine to prevent it being exhumed and destroyed by tyrants.  It was a  beautiful day and a beautiful sight.  So much history and fabulousness.  And tasty pub food! Hooray!