Originally Posted by cepe
I like the idea that the future Head of the Church of England had to go and get proof that Bethlehem etc actually existed. This is the DM at its dimmest!
Due to the limited nature of travel at the time and the limited media there were people who were questioning the existence of these places.
It was for this reason that the heir to the throne was sent, along with to further his own education and to get him out of his mother's way after Albert's death.
The idea was that if the heir to the throne was able to say that he had been there then the people who were questioning the Bible and its teachings would stop doing so as he was a believable person to say that places like Bethlehem etc were real - to the average British person in the street this was not something that they were able to do for themselves, unlike you and I today who can go there, if we so desire, and do see it on the media all the time.