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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Much Placated

My copy of The Heresy of Formlessness has arrived, and I can't wait to begin! I had a week or so off over the Octave which allowed me some good reading time. Here are some humourous pieces from along the way:

From A Dictionary for Catholics from the Catholic Truth Society, London 1912:

Duel: A hostile meeting of two or other even number of persons with time and place previously arranged; all taking part in it incur excommunication, and if killed are denied a Christian burial.

Make a note!

And from English Monks and the Suppression of the Monasteries by Geoffrey Baskerville:

"That a good deal of decorative work was done by many of the religious of this period cannot be doubted. But it was probably of an amateur kind like the excessively nasty sweets which are confected by nuns nowadays." p 43.

"The Prior of Woodbridge, Suffolk, made a similar complaint to the Bishop of Norwich. 'Two of my canons frequent the town without my of whom gets drunk and won't get up for mattins.'" p 80.

I have just begun the above book, and the whole feudal set-up is a surprise to me, granted however I don't really know much about these things. It is quite disappointing after reading Dom Camm! Pages of Olde Englysh text are great reading.

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