Monthly Archives: September 2011

passe unto Sandwyche-warde

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While Arthur was in York taking counsel, the Roman ambassadors were hustling out of England, in fear of their lives.  Arthur refused the demand for taxes they conveyed and lashed out at them: And I shall gyff you seven dayes … Continue reading

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Alas!: A Reflection on 9/11

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Immersed as I am in Malory’s Roman War account, it suggests a context for reflection on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Stepping aside from the current moment in this literary itinerary to Rome, I think ahead to the end of … Continue reading

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‘A Parlement at Yorke’

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As I ride the early morning fast-speed train from London to York, the two hours on the train give rise, once again, to the question as to why Arthur left Winchester for the long trek north to York to hold … Continue reading

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‘the utas of Seynte Hyllary’: time in the Roman War campaign

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Once the Roman ambassadors issue Lucius’ demand for “truage”in the great hall of Winchester, Arthur becomes enraged.  After quickly conferring with his knights, he sends the Emperour’s emissaries packing. But first the young king recounts how he has read the … Continue reading

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The trace of Rome, St. Giles Hill, Winchester

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High above the city, under a sky threatening rain and lightening, St. Giles Hill in Winchester affords sweeping views of the townscape and landscape. Under my feet, an ancient roman stronghold. An elderly man, a World War II veteran that … Continue reading

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The Once and Future Manuscript

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 The intent of the manicula inscription on the Cathedral wall (see previous post) was to keep any noisy chatter away from those within the Cathedral who had a more serious, prayerful intent.  The inscription called to mind an incident when … Continue reading

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Manicula and the Winchester Manuscript

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Of Cathedral and College The magnificent Winchester Cathedral is the centerpiece of the city, but an aspect of the beautiful cathedral that drew my attention in particular was the pointing hands carved onto an exterior wall in 1633. I had … Continue reading

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