THE GALILEE BELL: From Sanctuary to Asylum and Back – The Role of the Church

by Geoffrey Care

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 174
ISBN : 9781982286842
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 174
ISBN : 9781982286859

About the Book

Sanctuary is sometimes used loosely as synonymous with refuge but Geoffrey Care’s book examines the true early meaning of sanctuary as applied by the church which gave respite, albeit for a limited time, from both authority and the mob. His diligent research takes us through a series of delightful cameo sketches of those who sought sanctuary and in so doing gives us an insight into mediaeval life and times…

Keith Best, Barrister, former MP and Chief Executive of both the Immigration Advisory Service and Freedom from Torture and a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Panel on Torture Prevention.

This is a remarkable book on the subject of sanctuary by Geoffrey Care. This issue is of increasing urgency and international importance. …Geoffrey’s book will appeal to many as a book that covers a serious topic in an appealing form…. His publication is timely and compassionate.

Bernar Moody, Beverley.

About the Author

Geoffrey Care

Former Deputy Chief Adjudicator Immigration Appellate Authority and a Judge of the High Court of Zambia, a Founder of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges.

Geoffrey Care provides a delightful romp through some twenty or so Medieval tales to illustrate how sanctuary worked in practice at one time in England and, in particular, Beverley in Yorkshire. But all for a serious purpose, to demonstrate that asylum has always played an essential role throughout the history of humanity. And that the lessons of mercy and compassion to our fellow human beings should always be our guiding light and that the ‘golden rule,’ to do on to others as you want done onto you, are the foundations of justice. This scholarly treatise provides a unique historical perspective on an essential human right to be able to seek and to enjoy asylum.

Dr James C. Simeon, Associate Professor
McLaughlin College, York University Toronto.