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30 July 2008 @ 05:24 pm
Pictish Snerk  
While it contained any amount of serious material, Portmahomack's author, Professor Carver, has a wicked sense of humor that pokes out now and again. Of his various wisecracks, behold my favorite:

"The early monks of Britain and Europe were intrepid and hardy, not so much the contemplative recluse, more the soldier of Christ. Like soldiers, they expected to suffer and took pride in resisting pain, staying alive and winning. In this context, one can perhaps better understand why these groups contained few women, relying as they did on that peculiar form of inebriated obstinacy that is reinforced by male bonding."

-Martin Carver, Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts, page 92
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(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Snort, Choke, Wheeze...... Spraying Pepsi all over the keyboard. Lass, I am sure the "women" were spending their time preserving culture and knowledge. Unfortunately, the written
accounts of these times are mainly the writings of Monks ( no fault to them for the most part ). But, their accounts are tainted and painted by their upbringing. There is a collision of learning and proselytizing between the two. The Celtic church of Ireland and the Church of Rome during this time which makes all writing suspect.
At this point I am going to retire because I have work to do.

xoxo Blue, let me know if I can help you out with Pennsic stuff at all. :) :) :)
eithni: peekabooeithni on July 31st, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: Accccckkkkkkkkkk...................
I'm actually leaving for Pennsic tomorrow, so I'll see you when I get back. :)
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on August 1st, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)

Nice. I like this guy. Good head on his shoulders.

Have fun at Pennsic! Remember, just act inebriated and embarrassing, and it'll turn out more like a vacation! :D