Page 2, 18th December 1953

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Page 2, 18th December 1953 — St. Edmund, King and Martyr

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Organisations: Speleological Society
Locations: Newtown, London


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St. Edmund, King and Martyr

SIR,-There was an interesting report on page eight of the Daily Telegraph of the 8th inst. re the possible discovery of the relics of St. Edmund in Suffolk.

It is, indeed, to be hoped that Mr. Charles Quarrell, secretary of the Speleological Society, is successful in his search.

Meanwhile. it may be helpful to record the fact that King Henry VI had a life-long devotion to St. Edmund dating from his 12th year; the genesis of his devotion is recorded by Cardinal Gasquet in his book on King Henry, pages 7 to 9, "So intimate did the King become with the monks on this visit that during the rest of his life he constantly returned to Edmundsbury to renew his acquaintance with the monks and to demand the protection and assistance of St. Edmund, the Martyr King," There is also extant a very fine illustration of King Henry praying at the Shrine of St. Edmund as a boy (MS. Hari. 2278); this is reproduced opposite page 10 of Cardinal Gasquet's book referred to above, An additional interest in King Henry's devotion to St. Edmund may be found in the fact of his political murder in the Tower of London in 1471 so very similar in its brutality. etc., to the martyrdom of St. Edmund.

G. C. Parr St. Meary's School.

Newtown, Montgomeryshire.

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