Organiser Mike Carr, who runs Staffordshire-based Ryu Shotokan Karate, said: "I am very proud to be able to secure a karate competitor such as Luca Valdesi
to come over to the UK to hold a seminar.
Lorenzo Lorusso, "I matrimoni misti tra cattolici e valdesi
in Italia: Testo comune e Testo applicativo," pp.
Bollettino della Societa di Studi Valdesi
Milton's sonnet itself was only one episode in a long series of British connections with the Waldensians, not only in centuries when they were usually referred to as Vaudois but in the age of Italian unification when they became Valdesi.
The Valdesi retain an importance out of all proportion to their numbers, not least in a more ecumenical age when they have good relations with many Roman Catholic dioceses and even hear an occasional soundbite from their Moderator picked up by Vatican Radio.