Blakeney Angels

Panel from a south window in St Nicholas, Blakeney.  Gregory’s quote is conveniently shortened, if Wikipedia is to be believed: ‘Non Angli, sed angeli, si forent Christiani.– “They are not Angles, but angels, if they were Christian”.  Aphorism, summarizing words reported to have been spoken by Gregory when he first encountered pale-skinned English boys at a slave market, sparking his dispatch of St. Augustine of Canterbury to England to convert the English, according to Bede. He said: “Well named, for they have angelic faces and ought to be co-heirs with the angels in heaven.”’

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