Post #35.3, Thurs., Aug. 4, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons          This morning I deliver Father Columbanus’s message to Father Felix a bit hesitantly, asking him for whom it might have been intended. Even though it is addressed to “The Bishop of Châlons” he opens it and glances over the letter while we wait; then he explains to us thatContinue reading “Post #35.3, Thurs., Aug. 4, 2022”

Post #24.13, Weds, Sept. 29, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          The eulogy offered to King Chilperic I by Gregory of Tours is grim.          Gregory of Tours said of the King, “… in laying waste and burning districts he had no feeling of anguish .. but rather joy; like Nero before him, when he recited tragedies as the palaceContinue reading “Post #24.13, Weds, Sept. 29, 2021”

Post #24.12, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          This morning I follow the stable master to his workplace after morning prayers and before our work begins. I want to assure him I have prayerfully considered my attitude and he was right. My father would surely be dismayed at my insolence. I won’t try to untangle the confusionContinue reading “Post #24.12, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021”

Post #24.5, Thursday, September 9, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          The stable master is a caldron of bubbling royal rumors, and now he is telling me of a commoner, a son of a slave, turned into a count by King Chilperic.          He goes on, “So this is how the fellow, Leudast, sleezzeled his way to the high placeContinue reading “Post #24.5, Thursday, September 9, 2021”

Post #24.4, Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          Now there is a stirring among the horses and the doves flap and fly immediately into the rafters.  The stable master is at the doorway, surprised to see another monk here in his own assigned workplace.          “I came out here for some hairs of horses for my paintContinue reading “Post #24.4, Wednesday, September 8, 2021”

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”