Tag Archives: Meg Roland

American Cemetery II: ‘an hondred thousand leyde ded upon the erthe’

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On June 6, 1944, 25,000 young men, Allied and German troops, lost their lives in Normandy, in some state of agony.  It seems as if a devastating event of this proportion could only have occurred in the horrific day of modern … Continue reading

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Traveling by Surprise

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I tend to travel by surprise.  A journey, as suggested in Guiliana Bruno’s Atlas of Emotion, is a complex experience of the voyeur, multi-layered and circuitous–the act of seeing, in contact with geography, art, architecture, and emotion. Headed north and east, … Continue reading

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1066!

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On the eve of Bastille Day, I drive northeast toward the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy.  My destination is the coastal town of Barfleur, site of Arthur’s continental landing and of the massing of his troops for the Roman campaign. the … 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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the table rounde, at Winchester

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I came to Winchester by train on a cool July morning in a season that had not yet decided to be summer.  After a wonderful week of lectures on the History of Cartography with Catherine Delano-Smith, and rich sessions in … Continue reading

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King Arthur and the Roman What?

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King Arthur’s Roman War campaign?  Most people have never heard of it. Almost everyone is familiar with the major plot outlines of the Arthurian story—a birth engendered by lust and magic, Merlin’s mentoring of Arthur, the iconic sword-and-the-stone episode, the … Continue reading

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Crossing the Channel

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In 2008, I began following the itinerary of Malory’s Roman War campaign.  In that journey, I traveled from London to Winchester where Arthur held a royal feast, interrupted by the demands made by the Roman emperor’s ambassadors.  They relayed the … Continue reading

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The story of the Roman War and a tentative itinerary

The genre of “literary landscape”–imaginative, creative non-fiction responses to the landscape–and the genre of literary travel itineraries have a long and popular history.  And this is what this blog is about–reading the Roman War chapter of Malory’s Le Morte Darthur … Continue reading

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