Another Exciting Manuscript Find

Hello Readers,

With the end of the semester now looming over me, I am not sure how likely I am to give you very good, thorough updates on travels for the next few weeks.  But so that your current visit to this site isn’t entirely in vain, I thought I’d post link to another recent manuscript find.  This one is somewhat more practical than the last one, too.  Last time, I gave you a link to a report on the rediscovery of oodles of German fairytales, this time, I give you a link to the rediscovery of a medieval cookbook.

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2012/04/unicorn-cookbook-found-at-the-british-library.html

That’s right friends.  Now you too can prepare barbecued unicorn for your friends and family in honor of… well, yes… April Fool’s day.

Yes, the manuscript is fake, but it’s very convincing, don’t you think?  There are several little giveaways, not least of which are the fake manuscript numbers in the captions underneath the pictures, but they are otherwise pretty convincing illuminations.

On another note, happy Palm Sunday!  It’s strange, of course, that Palm Sunday and April Fool’s Day, two days with seemingly contradictory meanings, are falling on the same day.  But I’ll bet the Pharisees and Saducees thought Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem was something of an April Fool’s joke too, come to think of it, but I don’t get the impression they have much of a sense of humor about it.  Anyway, the end of Lent is just around the corner and I’m going to Durham to celebrate, so I won’t be around to wish you a very happy Easter, so I’ll do that now.  Happy Easter!

Or as Wordsworth so eloquently put it:

Hallelujah! hallelujah!
Heart and voice to Heaven raise,
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise;
He Who on the cross a ransom
For the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ the King of glory
Now is risen from the dead.

God bless,

B.

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