Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Golden Error

"guilt ...

... O.E. gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin."

Overlaying" or folding or hammering on gold foil or

... gold leaf is the simplest and most ancient method"

Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of gilden to gild ... covered with gold or gilt"

"gelt ...

... “money,” 1520s, from Ger., Du. geltgold, money”. "

"geld (n.)...

"... royal tax in Medieval England," O.E. gield "payment, tribute"

"geld (v.) ...

"... to castrate," c.1300, from O.N. gelda "castrate"

early 13c., yilde (spelling later influenced by O.N. gildi) ... "payment, tribute, compensation"

The Clothmakers Guild - Rembrandt

"A guild is an association of craftsmen in a particular trade ... In pre-industrial cities, craftsmen tended to form associations based on their trades ... masons, carpenters, carvers, glassworkers, each of whom controlled secrets of traditionally imparted technology, the "arts" or "mysteries" of their crafts." (wiki)

"A Guildhall is a building historically used by guilds for meetings"

"With five reported ghosts, the Guildhall is reputedly Leicester's most haunted building"

"Beneath Derby's Guildhall is a labyrinth of tunnels and catacombs. One of the tunnels used to link the old police lock-up ... to the Assize Courts which were at that time in the Guildhall. Many prisoners have trudged along those dark, dank tunnels ... where they were sentenced, and then trudged back into the lock-up to be then taken away to be executed, transported, or imprisoned ... Also within the Guildhall catacombs, the ghost of a little boy has been seen, dressed in rags. He often wanders through the tunnels and has been seen by workmen."

"Ghost hunter Jack Bullard claims he can identify two spirits haunting Barnstaple Guildhall."

"The first of a number of legendary tunnels under Norwich leads from the Castle...to the Guildhall ... near the market-place, erected 1407 -... It still has a 14th century vault below it, that was the crypt (and prison) of the former building"

"The Guildhall ... in the City of London ... has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London...

"... Immediately beneath Guildhall is the largest medieval crypt in London. The east crypt has a stunning vaulted ceiling resting upon stone and marble pillars ...

"... During the Roman period it was the site of an amphitheatre, the largest in Britannia ... Indeed, the siting of the Saxon Guildhall here was probably due to the amphitheatre's remains."

During the Tudor's Reign of Terror, the London Guildhall reverted to it's amphitheatrical heritage. Trials held there, were to die for.

Stars appearing (briefly) at 'the Hall' included Anne Askew (Protestant martyr), Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (cousin to Anne Boleyn), Lady Jane Grey (The Nine Day's Queen) alongside her husband, Guildford Dudley, Thomas Cranmer (Henry VIII's marriage consultant & Archbishop of Canterbury), Roderigo Lopez (physician to Queen Elizabeth I) & Henry Garnet (contestant in the Gunpowder Plot).

Much, much later, the really big stars got to keep their heads AND toast to days gone by

"It is a great pleasure once again for Prince Philip and me to be in this historic building to add another anniversary celebration to its long record of national events." - Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom speaking on the occasion of a gathering in the Guildhall, London, to mark her Golden Jubilee on 4 June 2002"."

One final, glittering, star studded Guildhall

On 9 April 2005, Windsor Guildhall was thrust into the view of the world's media ...

... as it was the location of the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles ... On 21 December 2005, it also hosted one of the first same sex civil partnership ceremonies to be held in England, that of Sir Elton John and David Furnish."

Ever noted how guilt-free are those with the mostest?

Ever wondered why we go to such lengths to avoid guilt?

Or ever wondered what there is in guilt to be afeared of?

What might it be like to "Feel the guilt & do it anyway"?

G(u)ilt ...

... the current ...

... & the currency, that's accepted by...

... all major religions.

(Also governments, law enforcers, charities.......... )

The guilted Vatican ...

Roofing materials supplied by sinners - God bless 'em.