I do not wish to disagree with you either. Truly. And I certainly will not pursue my comments as though we disagreed. Of course you are correct that all historical characters are more than one dimensional. Forgive me for sounding aggressive.
I just feel a great sadness and pain when I visit so many Christian sites in this country and know that the relics of great saints are no longer there but were treated as rubbish and thrown onto dung heaps.
Just a few miles from where I live I go to visit the ruins of the monastery St Augustine founded. The grave of my patron remains marked in the grass, but the relics of all of the earliest missionary bishops and abbots are gone. Just a great void where their shrines were.
And the shrine of my church patron St Alban, though thankfully reconstructed, is empty. Our proto-martyr was venerated there for 1300 years or so, even safe through the pagan Anglo-Saxon period. But Henry saw the holy remains thrown out. I am very very fortunate to be the steward of a small relic of St Alban preserved in France by devout Catholics, may God reward them.
This is what makes me so angry and so sad.
Even France, when I pop over the channel, seems to be full of the relics of the saints, despite several godless revolutions. I venerated a relic of St John the Baptist with my young son at Amien Cathedral, and I have the relics of several other French saints.
I agree England would not have been Orthodox, but the presence of the relics of the saints would have been a great strength to the truth, instead I do believe we are under judgement. The sins of our fathers visited even upon this pagan and careless generation.
As for history I agree with you - as for my sensibilities as an Orthodox I feel the loss of all that was destroyed. All we have left are broken ruins and scattered stones.