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September 03, 2008

Man of Kent, or a Kentish Man?

As with London, and with the County of Suffolk to the north, from where my mother's family came to Massachusetts via Ipswich 373 years ago, I am completely and hopelessly in love with Kent, mainly the "eastern" part. The County of Kent is the southeastern doorway to the British Isles--it has even more history, legend and myth than London. Lots, and maybe even too much, has happened here during the past 2500 years...

Eventually, in 51 BC, Julius Caesar called it Cantium, as home of the Cantiaci. Augustine founded what became the Anglican Church here in about 600 AD. And of course Thomas Becket, Chaucer's "holy blissful martyr", was killed here (Canterbury) in 1170. I stay with lawyer friends in a tiny and ancient rural village I've visited before--during a visit not long ago, I helped Jane and Michael destroy and begin to re-build their home's 300+ year old fireplace. They live near Canterbury, in what is traditionally East Kent; therefore, I'm among the "Men of Kent" and "Maids of Kent".

Posted by JD Hull at September 3, 2008 06:33 PM


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