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Reading Abbey’s Relics

FOR RELICS? Reading Abbey was the largest abbey in Western Europe before it was destroyed, and it housed an impressive collection of holy relics... The most famous relic was The Hand of St James, which was brought to the abbey by Empress Matilda ‚úč The abbey was...

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Let’s Talk About Hugh

Let's Talk About Hugh Hugh Cook was the last abbot of Reading Abbey. Born in 1490 in Faringdon, he became Abbot in 1520 and entered The Big Leagues. As abbot, Hugh got his own coat of arms and became pals with Henry VIII They often went hunting...

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