An Essay Descriptive of the Abbey Church of Romsey (by C. Spence)

An Essay Descriptive of the Abbey Church of Romsey (by C. Spence)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...Magazine for August, 1840, contains an elaborate and learned article respecting the discovery of the above curious scalp. It was not until the workmen had, with much labor, dug through a quantity of concrete and rubbish, which appeared to have belonged to some former edifice, that they discovered the coffin, lying with its head towards the northwest--a position in which, it may be affirmed, ancient Christian sepulture never was permitted, and partly covered by a portion of the contiguous pier of the nave. This leaves no doubt of the body having been originally interred in some pre-existing edifice, and the obliquity of its position could only have been occasioned by forgetfulness or neglect at the erection of the present church. Now we know of no monastic establishment in this place, prior to that of Edward the Elder; and from the date of his death, 925, to the middle of the twelfth century, when, according to Warner and Dalaway, the existing edifice was erected, is a period of 225 years only--a course of time by no means sufficient for the destruction, from natural causes, even of a well-built tenement of modern times, far less for the annihilation of those heavy masses of masonry, with which our Saxon ancestors are supposed to have loaded the earth. The fact of a former building in this place, which is thus established by this curious disinterment, will, at least, cause the advocate for the aboriginal antiquity of Romsey Abbey to pause, ere he insists on an hypothesis which, in the opinions of many, cannot be borne out by any architectural features now belonging to it. Where modern graves have been made, there is little question that many similar discoveries have taken place; and there can be no small doubt, that in such portions of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519795
  • 9781236519795