"Toppling of the Pagan Idols (The Flight into Egypt): Isaiah 19:1, Pseudo-Matthew 22-23" (1423) by the Bedford Master January 14 marks the old medieval "Feast of Asses" ("Festum Asinorum"), now an obscure and abandoned observance that, among other things, commemorated the flight into Egypt. It was part of the greater medieval Feast of Fools, which … Continue reading Gaudete! Festum Asinorum!
Alcuin of York’s (c.735-804) Eclogue to his Cell
Today, my thoughts were turned toward Alcuin's verse, which I had first read in high school at Latin camp, when two very dear friends and mentors of mine, with whom I have worked for the last several years, left the office for the last time today, having packed up their research library and sent it to … Continue reading Alcuin of York’s (c.735-804) Eclogue to his Cell