Month: May 2018

A Portrait of Heresy

It’s an imaginary scene. It’s the late 4th or early 5th century. It’s the south coast of England,  the Thames-side city of Londinium.  A monk has boarded a Roman ponto. Grasping the spar of its large square sail to balance himself,  he looked back on the Roman settlement. It gave him an odd feeling of …

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The Fish Book

It smelled.  Fisher-folk, fishwives, fishmongers, families with children, and members of the college community all jostled together at the weekly fish market in Cambridge, England.  It was Tuesday, June 23rd, 1626.  The air was pungent with fish-oils and sweat, and alive with bartering, shouting and laughter as people haggled over locally caught trout, catfish, pike, …

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The Evils of Mincemeat

It could have your reported to the authorities.   Hanging mistletoe, stringing garlands,  performing a Christmas play,  closing your shop over Christmas,  and attending or presiding at a  Christmas service could each get you in hot water.  A simple two word message was sent out across the land courtesy of town criers –  “No Christmas. No …

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