Massacre At Paris By Christopher Marlowe

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Massacre at Paris - by Christopher Marlowe

Date: 24th December 2013

Any of you who follow my blogs will know that I regularly attend the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral. I first visited out of curiosity about 3 years ago and have got drawn in to the very tiny community - also it improves my French accent even if my French is still far far from perfect. A few weeks ago we had some visitors - one of whom is a Professor of Drama at the University in Canterbury. He and his wife had come along to do a little research as there is to be a performance of Marlowe's little performed play about the St. Bartholemew Eve Massacre of the Huguenots in Paris in August 1572. 'Massacre at Paris' will be staged in Canterbury Cathedral's Crypt in mid March. As a fellow Huguenot, Luis de Bernieres is attending and I've been asked to interview him - so I'm looking forward to that immensely. I just thought I'd take this opportunity to show you the entrance to the Huguenot Chapel which has finally been freed from all the scaffolding. The Chapel is actually the Chantry Chapel of the Black Prince. He wished to marry his cousin, Joan the Fair Maid of Kent. Because the couple came within the bounds of consanguinity, they had to receive Papal dispensation to marry and part of the 'price' was to beautify the two small chapels which now comprise the Chapel which was given to the Huguenot community by Elizabeth I and in which services have been held in French every Sunday since that time - don't know about the War Years!

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