Sunday, February 14, 2016

The wrong date

I had a very short introduction to my sermon on love today to do with St Valentine's Day.

An attentive parishioner noticed that I said that Donne, who died 31 March 1631, had written a poem for a wedding in 1632. Possible, of course, but perhaps a little odd.

It seems there is a misprint in the book I used (Saints on Earth: A biographical companion to Common Worship by John H. Darch and Stuart K. Burns, Church House Publishing, 2004). They say that Princess Elizabeth and Frederick 5th married on St Valentine’s day, 1632, but the interweb says it was 14 February 1613.

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