Post #23.12, Thursday, August 26, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          On this day I’m assigned a bench near the front of the scriptorium. So the work I do must be of fine quality as fewer monks are ahead of me to check my work. It’s a sign my accuracy is trusted. I’m also supplied with a monk’s robe andContinue reading “Post #23.12, Thursday, August 26, 2021”

Post #22.1, Thursday, July 1, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E., Eve’s cottage on the Loire          Eve and Anatase are telling me about a visit from soldiers. When Nic heard this he laughed and asked to keep the walnut shell.          “Did you give it to him?”          “Of course. Was it something special?”  “Yes, it could remind Nic of aContinue reading “Post #22.1, Thursday, July 1, 2021”

Post #18.2, Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Historical setting: 564 C.E. The road into Bordeaux          On this ride to Bordeaux I am telling Nic what I remember of my life before I was found robbed and beaten.          “I was walking back to my family’s home from Tours when I was attacked.”          “So how was your wealth worthy of aContinue reading “Post #18.2, Wednesday, March 3, 2021”

Post #7.10, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul, remembering 497 C.E. I argue what I remember with the doctor. “I do remember Nantes when it was an important Roman shipyard and a thriving port.”                  “It’s the Emperor’s dream that even here in Gaul the Empire will again be Roman.  The wish is called the ‘Justinian recovery.’ PerhapsContinue reading “Post #7.10, Wednesday, April 22, 2020”

Post #6.13, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul          Now I set out on my walk as George returns to his cell in the monastery to await his horsemen with their weapons. He tells me when I see him next he will be Gregory, Bishop of Tours. Gregory will be his new priestly name and his aspiration isContinue reading “Post #6.13, Tuesday, March 31, 2020”

Post #6.12, Thursday, March 26, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul As when I arrived here, I’m granted audience with the bishop. He greets George with a familial hug and to me, he nods politely. This time the abundance of robes filling the throne seems buoyed by our presence. And I see it is because of George.          “So my dearContinue reading “Post #6.12, Thursday, March 26, 2020”

Post #6.9, Thursday, March 19, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul          The writings of young George seem to me filled with notions of an awkward triangular god-head working in pagan magic. In his naïve drafts I read an old legend of an ancestor to Merovech born of a tryst between monster and human. Perhaps maturity will bring him edits ofContinue reading “Post #6.9, Thursday, March 19, 2020”