an exploration through history & culture
(two lectures given separately)
A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Nicholas trained for the Anglican ministry at Ripon Hall, Oxford. Inspired by a period working on the staff of Coventry Cathedral he has gained a wide experience of international matters. His doctorate from the University of Wales, Lampeter, is in Anglican Lay Ecclesiology based on studies in Brazil, Japan, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Nicholas is a Vice President of ‘Modern Church’ (founded 1898) the oldest theological society in the Anglican Communion. He is also interested in the study of Anglicanism both historical and contemporary and he is the editor of a website dedicated to the study of the subject, which can be found at: www.anglicanism.org.
Formerly bishop-elect for the Diocese of Lake Malawi in Central Africa (2005-2009), Nicholas loves Africa. He has lectured widely on international and historical issues and has a particular interest in making history relevant.
His other interests have included several years as the London Area Chaplain for the Actors’ Church Union with responsibility for London theatres and chaplaincy. His own theatres were the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the Strand (now known as the Novello). He has been a Chaplain with Swan Hellenic and he is an enthusiastic amateur musician playing bass in jazz trios and quartets. Nicholas is an accredited speaker with the Arts Society and twelve W.I. counties as well as a speaker for U3A groups, history societies and luncheon and evening groups. He regularly assists as a priest in the Diocese of London.
An afternoon’s walk in the country, you come upon the typical village country church. This lecture will help you look at the architecture inside and out, the church furniture, those mysterious nooks and crannies, high and low. How and why did it all come to look this way? This is a fascinating journey through English history unravelled before your eyes. “I can’t make you experts” says Nicholas Henderson, “but I can teach you enough to amaze your friends on that afternoon in the countryside.”
Can be offered as individual talks or as a Study Day
________________________________ Continue reading How to ‘read’ the English Country Church
Four lectures delivered
as individual lectures
or as a Study Day
Elizabeth of York, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Elizabeth. Deadlier than the male, powers behind and on the throne, formative figures in a tumultuous era whose various influences are with us to this day. Click for synopsis below:
Click for individual talks below
(given in chronological order)
1. Fortitude & Fancy – Elizabeth of York, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn
2. Fulfilment & Farce – Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves
3. Folly & Finale – Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr
4. Whatever happened after Henry VIII? –
Lady Jane Grey, Mary and Elizabeth
ANNE OF CLEVES – ENGLAND’S HALF-FORGOTTEN QUEEN
Part two of part two of a Tetralogy,
a four part series available one part at a time or as a Study Day
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!
Words: William Blake 1808 Music: Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry 1916
Canute, to William the Conqueror, to the Tudors and everything in between.
The Anglo-Saxons and the Normans – gave us an enduring legacy,
but so did the Danes and the Church.
An often forgotten and mysterious period in what was to become …
The legacy lingers on visibly and even audibly in architecture, linguistics
An exploration into the great upheavals in society and community that disrupted and formed the cultural feeds into what was to become England and eventually Great Britain.
The destruction of of perceived idols in religion, architecture and society is a surprisingly frequent phenomenon in history, which has shaped and formed society – sometimes for the better.