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bibliothecarivs

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husband, father, friend, ally, anglophile, mediævalist, librarian, humanist, ecologist, socialist · bibliothecarivs.blogspot.com
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Robin of Sherwood | Richard Carpenter
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"'What a paragon of virtue you are, Gisburne,' laughed the Sheriff. 'I'm really most impressed. If she'd tried to bewitch me, I think I'd have been inclined to let her.' Gisburne reddened but kept silent." (page 71)

As I read this, I could see and hear Nickolas Grace and Robert Addie in the television series so vividly in my mind.

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Recent acquisitions:

💿 Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (my favourite novel), audiobook read by Simon Vance

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Robin of Sherwood | Richard Carpenter
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Bookwomble 🎶Robin, the Hooded Man🎶 2w
Bookwomble I just noticed the picture background looks like cases. Are you traveling? 2w
bibliothecarivs @Bookwomble yes - tagging along with my wife to the American School Counselor Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. I'm looking forward to exploring the city, including what looks like a very promising bookstore. I'm also planning to watch the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿v🇪🇸 final in my hotel room. 2w
Bookwomble @bibliothecarivs Have a great trip 😊 I hope you enjoy the match, though personally I'll be doing anything else but watching it 😄 2w
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Perthshire | Allan Wright
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Perthshire, photographs by Allan Wright, text by Felicity Martin
📖 Shadow on the Crown: A Novel by Patricia Bracewell

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary by John S. McCormick & John R. Sillitoe
📖 Selected Folktales: A Dual Language Book by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (our two youngest are learning German)
📖 To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface by Olivia Laing

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 English Heritage From the Air by Neil Burton, Photographs by Skyscan
📖 The Times London: A History in Photographs
📖 Historic Pubs of London by Ted Bruning

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 The Book of Common Prayer (1662 version, Everyman's Library) by Thomas Cranmer
📖 The Joy of the Saints: Spiritual Readings Throughout the Year by Robert Llewelyn
📖 Foxe's Christian Martyrs of the World by John Foxe

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How to Reform Capitalism | Alain de Botton
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 How to Reform Capitalism by The School of Life
📖 Making It So: A Memoir by Patrick Stewart
📖 The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

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Recent fiction acquisitions:

📖 Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
📖 Testimonies by Patrick O'Brian
📖 Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 The English Soul: Faith of a Nation by Peter Ackroyd (my 22nd Ackroyd book), a Father's Day gift from my wife
📖 The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Paul Busch (my 69th Hood book), a Father's Day gift from my daughter

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And Furthermore | Judi Dench
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 And Furthermore by Judi Dench
📖 Outside is America: U2 in the U.S. by Carter Alan
📖 The Beatles: A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Song by Steve Turner

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Desert Solitaire | Edward Abbey
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Started listening with my wife while driving back from visiting Moab, Utah, USA, celebrating 25 years since our engagement there. My second time reading this.

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Ruthiella Happy engagement anniversary! 🥂 1mo
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 England Football: The Biography: 1872-2022 by Paul Hayward
📖 English Country Pubs by Derry Brabbs

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Celtic Guitar Encyclopedia: Fingerstyle Guitar Edition by Glenn Weiser
📖 Leaders East Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek

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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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★★★★☆

🌹 My first Solnit. I love Orwell and I'm interested in all the topics covered so I would have given it five stars but something about the way she wrote caused me to have to reread often just to understand what she meant. I'm not sure why. 🌹 This absolutely perfect bookmark was created to support the British Red Cross and came to me inside Paul Kingsnorth's Real England when I bought it a few years ago. 🌹

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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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p. 252 'He desires the life of the mind and the senses, beauty, history, nature, pleasure, and sex, and the privacy and freedom in which all things flourish.'

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Figuring by Maria Popova
📖 Orwell's Roses by Rebecca Solnit

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kspenmoll Both fabulous books, although I have not finished Orwell‘s Roses yet. 1mo
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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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p. 177: 'Britain - the mythical place bathed in an afterglow of empire, not the conflicted contemptorary reality - seemed to be a place in which all of us, even me growing up in California, had received too much instruction, and also a collage of innumerable pieces of elsewhere. It was the person in the room you were supposed to pay attention to and know all about, the one who was supposed to define what mattered and how things should be.' ⬇️

bibliothecarivs 'When I got older and learned more about class and imperialism and the British-ruled Ireland my mother's grandparents fled, I didn't exactly get over Anglophilia but I did get a dose of Anglophobia to counter it.' 🔚 1mo
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Recent fiction acquisitions:

📖 Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest by Ann McGovern (Given to me by my teen daughter. I collect books about Hood and this is my 68th)
📖 The Nightingale Gallery by Paul Doherty

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 A Choice of Chaucer's Verse Selected with an Introduction by Neville Coghill
📖 A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

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Saint Brigid's Bones | Philip Freeman
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Recent fiction acquisitions:

📖 Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure by Philip Freeman
📖 Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife by Susan Signe Morrison
📖 Hild by Nicola Griffith

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English by Hana Videen
📖 Brave Enterprise: A History of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon by A. K. Chesterton

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RaeLovesToRead Where did you get those bookends? (Lower shelf) 2mo
bibliothecarivs @RaeLovesToRead, I wish I could remember. Some interior design store, I think. They're nice but they're actually my least beautiful and interesting bookends. haha 2mo
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The Rule of Benedict | St Benedict
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★★☆☆☆

I'm glad I read this as an influential historical document, but wow! Despite my strict religious upbringing and lifelong fascination with Christian monasticism, I was somehow not prepared for just how authoritarian Benedict's Rule would be.

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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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p. 21: 'At thirteen, [Orwell] won a scholarship to the most elite [public school] of all, Eton, where he spent another four years, acquiring an accent that marked him as an outsider among the poor without making him an inside among the rich.'

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★★★★☆

A solid biography from the English-language Bergman authority.

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama
📖 God and the Devil: The Life and Work of Ingmar Bergman by Peter Cowie

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p. 267: During the filming of Shame in 1967, Bergman was already contemplating his demise on Fårö: 'When I am dead, I want them to stuff me and put me in the cutting room. That's where I'll sit and nod over the desk with the help of an inserted contraption. The summer tourists will put a Swedish crown in a box to see the marvelous display. The money could go to young film producers. But until then, I just pray to be left in peace in my own home.'

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Norwegian Folk Tales | Jorgen Moe, Peter Christen Asbjornsen
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 'Norwegian Folk Tales from the Collection of Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe', Illustrated by Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen
📖 'Tales of King Arthur Illustrated' by Thomas Mallory, Edited and Abridged with an Introduction by Michael Senior

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The Showings of Divine Love | Julian of Norwich
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Julian of Norwich
📖 Understanding British English: Bridging the Gap Between the English Language and its American Counterpart (Revised & Updated) by Margaret E. Moore

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Ireland's Pubs | Sybil Taylor
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Ireland's Pubs: The Life and Lore of Ireland Through its Finest Pubs by Sybil Taylor
📖 Sweden: Land of the Midnight Sun by Martina Forti Stefania Belloni
📖 The View in Winter: Reflections on Old Age by Ronald Blythe

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377 by Michael Prestwich
📖 Early Irish Monasteries by Conleth Manning

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 W. H. Auden: The Life of a Poet by Charles Osborne
📖 Shakespeare and the Problem of Meaning by Norman Rabkin
📖 Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

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p. 80: 'Liv Ullmann has written, "When the camera is as close as Ingmar's sometimes gets, it doesn't only show a face but also what kind of life this face has seen."'

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p. 74: 'No director has torn at his open wounds so insistently as Bergman.'

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p. 25: '(Bergman) was by nature a maverick when young, and inevitably that collided with the dogma that informed every aspect of life at home.'

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The Rule of Benedict | St Benedict
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Bookwomble I'll be expecting a selfie with tonsured hair! 😄 (I'm naturally developing a monkish hairstyle! 👴) 3mo
bibliothecarivs @Bookwomble I dress as Friar Tuck each Halloween and once my wife helped shave a tonsure, which is kind of difficult because I don't have much hair to begin with 😆 3mo
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★★★★☆

It was the experience of a lifetime to be led on a tour of Elizabethan sites in England in June, 2023 by the author, my undergraduate professor many years ago.

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Young Thomas Hardy | Robert Gittings
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Recent acquisitions by Robert Gittings:

📖 Young Thomas Hardy
📖 Thomas Hardy's Later Years

I already had these in a somewhat battered combined edition so I was beyond excited to find these beautiful first edition hardbacks with dust jacket covers at a local charity shop for only a few dollars! To whoever donated them - thank you! They will be cherished for a lifetime!

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TheBookHippie Wow. What a find! 3mo
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P. 165: The legislative control of sin: 'The protection of the Commonwealth was a secular issue, which made protecting the nation from God's wrath similar to protecting it from a Spanish invasion. It became increasingly important that magistrates protect God's honor lest He rain pestilence, famine, war, and recession on England.'

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Page 157: 'To see the Crown and lay people greedily snatching up church property, even if justified by higher ideals, must have bred an opportunistic state of mind and a flexible conscience. To acquire a dissolved chantry and close the village school was not an act of piety. Some people tried to expiate their greed with new schools and other gifts, but the example remained negative.'

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Page 153: '[John Donne's] third satire is a pointed interrogation of religion, with its insistence that there is truth but it is not taught by theological factions. "Fool and wretch," he asks, ⬇️

bibliothecarivs “Wilt thou let thy soul be tied
To mans laws, by which she shall not be tried
At the last day? Oh, will it then boot thee
To say a Philip, or a Gregory,
A Harry, or a Martin taught thee this?
Is not this excuse for mere contraries,
Equally strong? cannot both sides say so?“ ⬇️
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bibliothecarivs Rather than taking instruction from Pope Gregory, or Henry VIII, or Martin Luther the soul must climb the huge hill, cragged and steep, on which Truth stands.' 🔚 3mo
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Page 147: 'In practice the communities of England looked less like the New Jerusalem than like confessionally confused commonwealths in which people of various opinions about ecclesiology and soteriology mixed indiscriminately and used religion when it was convenient.'

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them by Robert A. Orsi
📖 The Hiding Places of God: A Personal Journey into the World of Religious Visions, Holy Objects, and Miracles by John Cornwell

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Mehso-so

★★★☆☆

I bought this and read it to explore the clash of native worldview with Christianity in early mediaeval Ireland. The story was interesting and the writing was moving at times. It would have earned a higher rating if 1) it's central framing device wasn't that a pagan woman's writings somehow survived mediaeval Christianity into modern times in order to be translated by Horsely (so very unlikely that it borders on fantasy), ⬇️

bibliothecarivs and 2) if it didn't include a brief reference to the mythological chastity belt. Also, I didn't understand the point of the footnotes and glossary - if it's supposedly translated, then it should all be translated.🔚

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Recent acquisitions:

📖 London's Lost Rivers by Paul Talling
📖 Suffolk Summer by John T. Appleby

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