December 1st, 2010

Arms

Reading of late

In preparation for Lilies, where one of the days will feature a Kensor written scenario focusing on Alfred the Great, I needed to learn a little bit about Alfred.

The advice that I got was "You could plow through Bishop Asser.  But he is as dry as dirt.  Read Bernard Cornwell first."

I found the Saxon Chronicles series on Amazon, and devoured the five books over the course of two weeks.  I was often up until 2 am, and was up until 3:30 on the day that I had to get up at 5 to take my mother in for cataract surgery.  I would categorize the books as engrossing.

Just before I left, my mother gave me a copy of "World Without End" by Ken Follet.  It is the14th century sequel to "Pillars of the Earth",  and is equally focused on architecture and craftiness, both of gadgetry and politics, to say nothing of economic intrigue.  I did the 1000 pages over four days, again staying up to the early morning hours.  It has been more than a decade since I read Pillars of the Earth, but there are recurring motifs that connect the city.  Follet likes to have things collapse so that he can rebuild them.

I will get back to reading more Alfred literature, and may get a song out of it.
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