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Constitutiones quae vocantur Ordinis Praemonstratensis e codi... by Marvin L. Colker
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This is an edition of a relatively recently discovered manuscript, now in the library of Trinity College Dublin. Colker provides an introduction to accompany the Latin transcription, in which he argues that despite the name, this set of constitutione ...more
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A serviceable overview of the history of Laon and the Laonnois in the twelfth and thirteenth-centuries, which is partly chronological and partly thematic. While Martinet does draw heavily on the archival sources of the Bibliothèque municipale in Laon ...more
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""I'm afraid women take their pleasures very sadly." This is my first Barbara Pym, and it left me often breathless with a pained, delighted sense of identification with its protagonist, Mildred Lathbury. The novel is wonderfully written, with an Au..." Read more of this review »
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Edible French by Clotilde Dusoulier
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This charming little book, illustrated with some equally charming watercolours, gives the history and meaning of fifty different food-related French idioms. I hadn't heard of more than a handful of them before, but I'm now going to try my best to wor ...more
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Vie du bienheureux Hugues de Fosses, premier abbé de Prémon... by Lamy, Hugues
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Pious and uncritical of the sources, but worth mining for the footnotes. (Also the unintentional homoeroticism.)
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it's useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then the next day you probably do much the same again—if to do that is human, if that's what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time....

[T]he proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag. A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us."

—"The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

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