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Pageant Post Cards -- A. Vallee --
A Series of Picture Post Cards depicting Important Events in the History of the English Church. [S.P.C.K., London, Northumberland Avenue, W.C.]


Archbishop Langton producing before the Barons the Charter of Henry I. A.D. 1213. Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 1213 King John had taken an oath to renew the laws of Edward the Confessor, and Archbishop Langton produced the Charter of Henry I, which recited these laws, and laid it before the Barons, who declared themselves ready to die for their liberties. John refused to ratify his promise, but the Barons forced him to sign the charter -- Magna Charta, as it is called - which is the foundation of our liberties as Englishmen.
Crusaders starting for the East, A.D. 1190.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 1190 The crusades of the middle ages had for their object the deliverance of the Holy Land from the hands of the infidels, who treated Christian pilgrims with great cruelty. Men sacrificed everything to take up arms in defence of the Cross. Great enthusiasm was aroused, and millions of people joined in these enterprises regardless of all consequence. Military Religious Orders were formed, each having their special duties.
The Murder of St. Thomas a Becket, A.D. 1170.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 1170 The hasty words of King Henry II, "Will no one rid me of the insolence of this turbulent priest?" brought about the death of Archbishop Becket. Four knights who heard these rash words, hoping to gain favour with the king, forced their way into the primate's palace at Canterbury, but were defied by the Archbishop, who took refuge in the cathedral. The knights followed, and murdered him there.
St. Dunstan reproving King Edwy, A.D. 955.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 955 Dunstan was one of the great ecclesiastical statesmen of our Church, and throughout England the influence of his wise counsel was felt. He was deputed by the Witan, the grave assembly of the nation, to recall the boy-king Edwy at his coronation feast, and to rebuke his petulant wilfulness in retiring to the society of the Lady Eathelgifu and her daughter.
The Martyrdom of St. Edmund, A.D. 870.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 870 The ever-increasing hordes of Danes who poured into England in the ninth century overcame Edmund, King of East Anglia, in A.D. 870, and took him prisoner. Safety was offered to him on certain conditions, but as these involved the betrayal of his people and of his faith, he at once refused. And so he was martyred -- beaten and cruelly tortured, and them bound to a tree and shot to death by arrows.
St. Aidan preaching to the Northumbrians, A.D. 635-642.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 635-642 Oswald, King of Northumbria, who had embraced Christianity, sent to the monks of lona for a Christian teacher for his people. The choice fell upon Aidan, and he was sent to the King. Oswald granted to him the Island of Lindisfarne, where a church and monastery were built, and where youths were trained who went forth as missionaries to preach Christianity in Britain.
St. Augustine and King Ethelbert, A.D. 597.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 597 St. Augustine, who was sent by Gregory the Great to preach Christianity in Britain, landed on the Isle of Thanet, with about forty companions, in A.D. 597. They were hospitably received by King Ethelbert of Kent. They approached the king in procession, singing a solemn litany, and bearing a banner with a silver cross. Augustine delivered his simple message. Subsequently Ethelbert and his court were baptised.
Gregory and the English Slaves, A.D. 589.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 589 Fair English children in the Roman slave-market attracted the attention of Gregory, Archdeacon of Rome, who, on inquiring from what land they came, was told they were brought from the island of Britain, and were called Angles. "Not Angles, but Angels they would be if they were Christians," said Gregory, and when he became Bishop of Rome, he sent Augustine to preach Christianity in Britain, A.D. 597.
St. Columba at Oronsay, A.D. 563.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
A.D. 563 Columba was banished from his native land of Ireland, and it was enjoined upon him that he was never to see it again. Columba crossed over to Oronsay, where, Ireland being still in sight, he went further north to Iona, and founded there a monastery from which the light of Christianity was to spread over Scotland and England also.
The Concecration Matthew Parker as Archbishop of Canterbury, December 17th, 1559. Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
1559 Archbishop Parker was consecrated by four rightly-consecrated bishops in the chapel of Lambeth Palace on December 17, 1559, with imposition of hands, and the essential words in the act of consecration. The fact of the validity of the consecration is so well established that there can be no doubt as to the succession of Episcopal Orders in the Church of England.
The Execution of Archbishop Laud, January 10th, 1645.
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
1645 William Laud became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633. He carried out many valuable reforms in the Church. He was imprisoned shortly after the opening of the Long Parliament. In 1643 he was tried for endeavouring to "alter the Protestant religion into Popery, and to subvert the laws of the king." The charge was baseless. He was beheaded on January 10, 1645, a witness to the Catholic Faith as understood by the Church of England.
Bishop Steere building his Cathedral at Zanzibar
Church History Cartoons. 25 coloured pictures (45 by 35 ins) in the series.
1874 Edward Steere was consecrated Bishop of Zanzibar in 1874. He reduced the Swahili tongue to an intelligible grammatical form, and translated the Bible and Prayer Book and other books into that language. The beautiful cathedral at Zanzibar, designed and built by the Bishop, stands on the site of the old slave-market, where at one time 30,000 human beings were sold annually.

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