Durovernum Cantiacorum as the Romans called it is a very ancient place. If you visit, which I strongly suggest ( for people in and out of the UK) this place has an amazing energy. A vibrant lovely aura which gives you a warm feel good sensation. (This is where I get an award from the city tourist board 😉 )
Canterbury is a very old place with many different people living here through the ages. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. The first century AD the Romans arrived in Britain and completely redesigned the place. The built new streets in a grid, a theatre, a temple, a forum and public baths. The Romans conquered England but when they reached Scotland they took one look and thought their Empire is big enough (might also have something to do with the fierce Pict warriors covered in blue paint). The Romans built a wall to keep the Scots out also known as Hadrian’s wall, parts of which are still there today. During the summer people walk along it to exercise, sight see or walk their dogs.
On the 4th century the Romans left England and Durovernum Cantiacorum almost faded away. Anglo-Saxons settled there and renamed it Cantwaraburh meaning Kent’s People’s stronghold.
Canterbury was the first place where Christianity arrived in Britain.
In 595 Ad Pope Gregory chooses Augustine, the prior of a monastery in Rome, to lead an expedition to Britain, to Christianize the Anglo-Saxon pagan natives. Kent was chosen because King Æthelberht had married the Christian princess Bertha. In 597 AD the kingdom of Kent converted to Christianity. St. Augustine founded an Abby in Canterbury, the ruins of which can be still seen today, and became the first Archbishop of Britain.
More about Canterbury in our next post.
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- Roman Britain: Christians in UK BEFORE Augustine? Ring suggests converts existed before missionary (dailymail.co.uk)
- Ring confirms Christians were THRIVING in Britain before Augustine (dailymail.co.uk)
- The Dark Ages (ricardoinuk.wordpress.com)
- Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of S. Augustine of Canterbury (frjeromeosjv.wordpress.com)
- The Roman Lighthouse, Dover, Kent (thejournalofantiquities.com)