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Nigel Hawthorne ( The Madness of King George) retraces the journey of the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Program One: The Road from Rome
The journey of the first Archbishop of Canterbury is retraced in this enlightening documentary on the exportation of Christianity to barbarian England 1,400 years ago. Pope Gregory the Great dispatched a tall, clever, rather snobbish but streetwise Benedictine monk named Augustine in 596 A.D. on a 2,000-mile mission into the unknown to build a church in the isolated northern country. Augustine eventually became a saint. The church he built became Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest surviving institution in England.
Program Two: Cathedral Tales
One of the finest cathedrals in Europe, Canterbury was constructed from stone brought from France in 1067 on the site of St. Augustine's first mission church. More than 2 million people visit each year to appreciate its music, paintings, stained glass, and architecture--and above all, it's history. Cathedral Tales relives the turbulent past of the great building: ravaged by fire, sacked by marauding Danes, even threatened by English sovereigns challenging the authority of the Pope. Yet Canterbury survived and thrived, inspiring artists from Chaucer to Eliot, ultimately becoming spiritual headquarters to 70 million Anglican Christians throughout the world.
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