Anglicanism means what?

Anglicanism is the faith of the Church of England and various similar churches in other countries,  They include the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland, the Episcopal Church of Scotland and the American Episcopalian Church. It is the largest single denomination in the UK.

Llandaff Cathedral from a watercolour by George Doman. Anglicanism is important in Wales although it does not have the official status it has in England.

Llandaff Cathedral from a watercolour by George Doman. Anglicanism is important in Wales although it does not have the official status it has in England.

Why are we discussing Anglicanism?

In my novel, The Key to a Murder, the hero, Matthew Chaplain, is studying theology because he is planning a career in the Church of England but is questioning that decision and possibly his faith. His inner conflict takes place while he is trying to solve his father’s murder. Therefore the Church provides an important part of the background to the book. Chapter One of the audio version of this novel appeared in my previous post. Chapter two is at the end of this post.

The cover of The Key to a Murder. A murder mystery meets the mysteries of Anglicanism.

A murder mystery meets the mysteries of Anglicanism.

What do you know about the Church of England?

If you are not a churchgoer, not an Anglican or especially if you are not British, you might not know much about the Church of England. Therefore here are seven odd facts about it that you might find interesting.

  1. King Henry VIII founded the Church of England in the 16th century when he broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, the monarch of England is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, not the Pope.
  2. The Church of England is the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. (See above).
  3. Church of England priests may marry and have families, unlike Catholic priests.
  4. Women have been ordained as priests in the Church of England since 1994.
  5. Many people value the choral music tradition and famous children’s choirs of the Church of England.
  6. Many Church of England churches contain the graves or tombs of England’s greatest historical figures, including writers like Shakespeare and Dickens.
  7. The Church of England has over 16,000 churches, many of which are historic buildings hundreds of years old. The oldest were once Roman Catholic churches as they existed before Henry VIII broke with Rome.

Enough facts? Now here’s the fiction.

Here is Chapter Two of the audio of The Key to a Murder. Enjoy!