This afternoon was spent at the college library searching the stacks for books pertinent to Eleanor of Aquitaine. At 2:00 I took a short break to trot across the campus and up three flights of stairs, backpack and all, to visit Dear Professor (who is feeling much better thankyouverymuchforyourprayers). He had a “book to offer” me he wrote in a recent email. Naturally it took 30 seconds for me to decide to call him upon receipt of said email and set up a time to stop by and pick it up. You won’t catch me napping for long! Ha!
I arrived at his door step, quite winded from the climb to the upper regions of the building where the history profs live, and plopped my sorry self into the chair next to the door trying to catch my breath in order to say hello. No such luck. I waved. He said hello back – bless him.
The book he offered to me (as a keeper – woot!) is The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy. I expressed my sincere appreciation, once I got my huffing-puffing under control and excitedly skipped my way back to the library. Of course, I spent only a brief moment flipping through it, though my great desire was to curl up in one of the library’s comfy chairs and read till dinner. Alas, no such time for that. The agenda was to find more books on Queen Eleanor and haul them home to see what interesting facts I could unearth.
While visiting Dear Professor, I told him I think my research paper is going to go in the direction of Queen Eleanor’s participation in the Second Crusade. The names St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Abbe Suger of St. Denis keep popping up and St. Bernard was the force behind the Crusade, if I understand the two sentences I blew through at the library. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
While perusing the library shelves for material on the Crusades and the medieval church my eyes kept drifting to books about the Council of Florence, the Photian Schism, Orthodox Church history etc. I let my fingers graze the spines of the books, itching to take them home with me to read. But alas, not to be so, for that is a major distraction from the task at hand. I shall leave that reading for another time – summer perhaps if I don’t take any classes then.
My dearest and sincerest thanks to Dear Professor for his generosity on this fine day, should he be visiting the blog.
(Boy what a great day! A dozen white roses and a free book! Can’t get ANY better than that!!)