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How St Benedict Biscop brought Byzantium to Britain
Music: Byzantine Chant
The chapel of Bede’s monastery in Sunderland was full of the colours and sounds of the far-off Mediterranean world.

IN addition, Benedict introduced the Roman mode of chanting, singing, and ministering in the church.

With that in mind, he obtained permission from Pope Agatho to take back with him John, the archchanter of the church of St Peter and abbot of the monastery of St Martin, to teach the English.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Seen. Scene.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Eye. Turn. Face.

Use together in one sentence: Bring. Want. Sacred.

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Cuthbert and the Mystery Guest
Music: John Garth
A young monk was rewarded for taking his duties as guest-master seriously.

ONE freezing cold winter’s morning, after a night of snow, Cuthbert was surprised to discover a footsore traveller in the guest-house. He bathed the man’s feet, and suggested breakfast, but it seemed his visitor’s home was a long way off, and he was eager to be gone.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: See. Notice. Watch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Snow. See. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: Morning. Fresh. Batch.

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Bread from Heaven
Music: Edward German
Cuthbert trusted that keeping his promised fast would not do him any harm.

AT ten o’clock one morning, Cuthbert stopped off in a village, hoping to find something for his horse to eat; as it was a Friday and Cuthbert liked to fast until three, he declined all offers of food himself, though he had no idea when he might eat again.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Shelter. Fall. Feed.

Use together in one sentence: Decline. Hot. Cloth.

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The Lessons of History
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
England’s first and greatest historian explains why history is so important.

I WARMLY welcome the genuine eagerness with which you not only apply yourself to listen most attentively to the words of Scripture, but also make the effort to acquaint yourself in detail with the sayings and doings of earlier generations, and particularly the famous men of our own nation.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Chase. Pursue.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Record. Know.

Use together in one sentence: Devout. Doings. In detail.

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St Aidan Returns King Penda’s Fire
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
When Penda tried to burn down Bamburgh Castle, St Aidan turned the pagan King’s own weapons against him.

A FORTRESS was raised at Bamburgh by Ida, the first King of the coastal Kingdom of Bernicia, in 548. At that time, it was called Dinguoaroy; it was later named Bebbanburgh after Bebba, wife of Ida’s grandson Æthelfrith.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Gait. Gate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wind. Call. Notice.

Use together in one sentence: Breeze. Round. Town.

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King Edwin and the Hand of Destiny
Music: George Frideric Handel
Forced from his throne and threatened with murder, Edwin makes a curious bargain for his deliverance.

EDWIN should have inherited the crown of Deira from his father Ælle. Instead, Edwin’s brother-in-law Æthelfrith, King of neighbouring Bernicia, emerged as King of a new and powerful joint kingdom called Northumbria, and Edwin was driven out.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Replete. Complete.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Do. Escape. See.

Use together in one sentence: Brother-in-law. Escape. Instead.

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