November 23rd, 2008


Please! Help...

... with translation!

I have no any ME-variants of text "Ladder of Perfection" by Walter Hilton (England, 14th century), but there is a number complexities (for me) in modern english translation (Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library)
So, this fragment:

"Therefore it is likened to a fire which, of its own nature, leaveth the lowness of the earth and always mounteth up into the air, even so desire in prayer, when it is touched and kindled of the spiritual fire, which is God, is ever aspiring up to Him that it came from.
They that speak of this fire of love know not well what it is;
save this I can tell that it is neither any bodily thing nor felt by any sense of the body. A soul may feel it in prayer or in devotion, which soul is in the body, but it feeleth it not by any bodily sense"

what does "save this" mean? "to avoid it" or vice versa "I cannnot avoid it and I don't deny it"?

and once more:

This part of Contemplation God giveth where He will, to learned and unlearned, to men and to women, to them that are in government, and to solitary also.

who are "men and women, that are in goverment"? common peolpe? If it's so, why solitaries are divided from them in this manner? Is it perhaps, that in Plantagenet's times hermit lost his (or her) civil status and could leave his relevant duties, such as subordination to state or something of this sort?
GEN - bekah

in the avoidance of anachronisms

Hello all!

I have probably a very odd question to propose, but I figured you all would definitely be the ones to ask. ;) If this isn't community appropriate in any way, let me know and I'll be glad to take it down. :)

A little background: I'm currently taking an "honours tutorial" at my school called Zombies and Philosophy. Yes, you read that correctly. A course on zombies. ;) It is quite wonderful, although pretty intense. Anyway, we have a final project coming up and it's a "creative project" where we have to write/film/draw something creative about both zombies and philosophy/social and political matters. I think I'm either going to draw a fairly short graphic novel or write a short story.

But the point is, I have decided that I would really like to base my story in medieval times! I can't really think of anything cooler than a medieval zombie plague, can you? :D

Basically my medieval knowledge stems from television shows and films which are pretty laughable in their historical inaccuracies for the most part. I want to make sure I don't turn in a project that is rife with historical anachronisms or simply has information that's made up. (Although my next semester of school will hopefully include a course on King Arthur. Fun!)

Can anyone offer any insight as to what the protocol would be in a situation such as attack or plague in medieval times? I know I'm going to have to improvise some of the information a bit on account of the fictional zombie element, but I can try and make it as realistic as possible. What would the kings do in case of attack? How about the people? Would the king be more concerned with the immediate castle areas and not worry about the hinterlands? Were there court physicians that would investigate the cause of the zombies? What about the army that would fight them? I definitely don't expect anyone to do my research for me, but I don't have the time to learn medieval history completely, so anything is helpful.

I appreciate any insight at all, and especially everyone putting up with my ridiculousness! Thanks! :D

(cross-posted at askahistorian)
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