[Image courtesy of the ZJJF]
This PC shows the reading room in the Royal Hospital (Kilmainham, Dublin), a home for retired soldiers. Built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to King Charles II, it continued in that use for over 250 years.
- Very well, indeed, father. And you, father?" (U10.14)
From the CE 1912: Cardinal Wolsey (1471 - 1530) was educated at Oxford, took his degree at 15, and was ordained at 17. He started as a chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Noticed for a remarkable talent for administration, he entered the diplomatic service of Henry VII, then Henry VIII. By 1512 he was exercising marked influence in political affairs. His career rapidly avanced, as he became Bishop of Tournay, Bishop of Lincon, Archbishop of York, cardinal, Lord Chancellor of England (1515), and was considered for papacy. He had thus attainted at the early age of 43 the highest dignities, spiritual and temporal, that a subject could hope for. However Wolsey gradually fell in disfavour, owing to his foreign policy and rivalry with Anne Boleyn, and was stripped of many of his titles. He was in residence at Cawood near York, embittered and in poor health, when commissioners from the king came to arrest him (1529) on a charge of high treason. Slowly and as an invalid he travelled towards London, knowing well what to expect. "Master Kingston, I see the matter against me now it is framed; but if I had served God as diligently as I have done the king He would not have given me over in my gray hairs." The end came at Leicester Abbey where on arrival he told the abbot, "I am come to leave my bones among you." He died unregretted by any save his immediate attendants.
Buxton (Derbyshire, England) was in 1904 a fashionable Spa and tourist resort. Known as 'Aquae Arnemetiae' in Roman times, the town grew around natural thermal springs. By the 16c., visitors (including Mary Queen of Scots) came for the waters. In the 18c., Buxton grew rapidly as the Crescent was built. In Victorian times, its population trebled with the coming of the railways; the Pavilion Gardens, new baths, pump rooms, hotels and churches were added. At the turn of the 20c., electricity and telephones arrived. In 1901, a new theatre opened, and in 1903, a magnificent Opera House. This PC shows the Buxton Baths; notice several 'Bath chairs' lined up, and a Jesuit priest!
Belvedere College SJ is a private Jesuit school for boys located on Great Denmark street where it meets N. Great George street. It was founded in 1832. George Augustus Rochfort (1738 - 1814), who became the Second Earl of Belvedere in 1774, built Belvedere House (seen in the background on this PC), a dominant building on the school's campus, and a fine example of Georgian architecture in Ireland.
Father Bernard Vaughan S.J. (1847 - 1922) was an eloquent and theatrical speaker. His contemporary Father Feeney S.J. wrote: "Father Vaughan was never a lecturer at the lectern, nor a pulpit pedagogue. He was first, last, and always, a preacher. Those who could not match him at excellence in this endeavored to depreciate him." And further: "Often, when speaking in public, he tried to offer England a sociological Jesus, instead of the Jesus Who died to save our souls. He made Our Lord the ardent supporter, almost contributor, to all sorts of uplift enterprises, for better food, better living quarters, better hospital care. As a Catholic in the pulpit, Father Vaughan was edifying."
- Good afternoon, Mrs Sheehy." (U10.26)