Category Archives: Monks and Monasticism

How do you want to live (truly live) your life?

My friend and fellow ancient historian Katie posted a link to an article on brain pickings called ‘The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather than Living Long.’ Seneca was a very clever guy, … Continue reading

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Discover the Fourth Century: Religion and Literature

It’s been a while since I contributed to this series of posts about Late Antiquity. Last time, we looked at the third century. Now we move on to the fourth, beginning with religion and literature before considering politics and the … Continue reading

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Work with manuscripts can be exciting

In Leipzig, I was looking at a manuscript of a very clever mid-ninth-century forger we call ‘Pseudo-Isidore.’ What you need to know about him to follow this is: 1. He wasn’t named Isidore but was a group of people near … Continue reading

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Gothic Cyprus: Bellapais

Nestled on the edge of the Kyrenia Mountains, four miles from the city (town?) of Kyrenia, in the Turkish-occupied North of the Cyprus sits what the pamphlet given to visitors there describes as the best piece of Gothic Architecture in … Continue reading

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On Mediaeval Books: Including the Continuation of Forestalled Reminiscences of Oxford and Books I Beheld There

As discussed previously, the purpose for my recent trip to Oxford was the viewing and collation of a manuscript lurking in Oriel College (for manuscripts do, indeed, lurk). Due to circumstances outwith my control, I was able only to view … Continue reading

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Poem of the Week: The Canticle of Brother Sun

This week’s poem is St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Brother Sun.”  This is the original of Weekly Poem #27. Most high, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all belssing. To You alone, Most … Continue reading

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Books and Whence They Come

I was thinking about books the other day because we had just come back from a trip to visit Jenn’s Grandpa McClung. Almost every trip we make, we end up with more books. This was once more the case. And … Continue reading

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Weekly Poem #27

Now, don’t forget about Dr. Horrible from my last post. But more importantly, don’t forget about St. Francis of Assisi, and most importantly, don’t forget about the Creator Himself. So here, by St. Frank himself, translated by the Rev. W. … Continue reading

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What d’ya do with a little extra money?

Clearly, you buy stuff. There’s part of me that says, “Put it way, you might need it,” but really, then it just joins the mass of undesignated money in the bank account and is never used in any specific way. … Continue reading

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