Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Altar Definition

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Altar

The holiest part of a church. In the medieval period the altar was a table or rectangular slab made of stone or marble, often set upon a raised step. After the Reformation the stone altars were replaced by wooden communion tables.




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This headmaster of Rugby School popularized 'muscular Christianity', combining sports and learning with a heavy religious focus



01 December, 1135

Henry I dies after eating lampreys against doctor's orders

Henry's nephew Stephen rushes to England and is proclaimed king, even though Henry had named his daughter Matilda as his heir

This king rebuilt Westminster Abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor



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