Unexpectedly early, the weekend Hamblin/Peterson column is already up online at the Deseret News. This one considers the cautionary tale of Henry VIII’s war against the monasteries of England:
Selby Abbey, in North Yorkshire, is located just a few miles from the towns where, in the first half of the 1800s, an important line of my maternal ancestors were living — and where they encountered and accepted Mormonism. Since its last abbot was a close friend of King Henry VIII, the building was mostly spared the damages incurred elsewhere (and especially in Yorkshire, where there was strong resistance) under Henry’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. In a nation ruled by men, not laws, it pays to be a Friend of the Monarch. And those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.
England and Wales are much on my mind at the moment, as I’ll be accompanying a tour to LDS and general-British historical sites in July. (There are, I believe, still open spots on the tour, which I’m very excited about.)