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Christian Pogonotrophy

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Thomas Cranmer

If you look at politicians, there are very few with beards. Apparently it is something to do with the perception that a “hidden” face is untrustworthy. Tish and nonsense if you ask me (although you might not, as I’ve been facially hirsute for more than 20 years).

It turns out that pogonotrophy, the art of growing facial hair, has also been a controversial topic in the church over the past couple of millennia. Thumbs up for Thomas Cranmer, who was not only a significant figure in developing the cadences of the English language and helping shape a wide swathe of religious expression but also sported a magnificent beard into the bargain.

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