Wednesday, 28 March 2012

"Septimus Wilkinson, bishop of Matabeleland"

The news that a sixth former Anglican bishop has been ordained to the Catholic priesthood is wonderful. It was the discovery that his former charge had been Matabeleland, however, that rang bells for me.
Surely he had an illustrious- if fictitious- pretended predecessor in Louis Manzini, (played by Denis Price), the murderer of the scions of the noble house of D'Ascoyne (all played by Alec Guinness)?

I was unable to embed the following clip but the link is there, for those who wish, to a passage from "Kind Hearts and Coronets" which includes such memorable lines as "My west window has all the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period."

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