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Jane Austen and the Gospel

I was in Winchester briefly last week and was reminded of my last trip there when I visited the cathedral. There are some really ‘big names’ buried in Winchester; Kings Ethelwulff, Canute, Egbert, William II: Bishops Richard Fox, Steven Gardiner and others, along with various queens and other luminaries. There are some interesting non-royal, non-religious too; people such as Isaac Walton (author of ‘The Compleat Angler) and Jane Austen, the famous late 18th, early 19th century writer.

I was struck by the inscription on Jane’s tomb, which lies in the North aisle of the nave of the cathedral. This tells us that those closest to her, those who loved her, are ‘consoled by a firm though humble hope that her charity, devotion, faith and purity have rendered her soul acceptable in the sight of her Redeemer.’ Read more »