Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Abbott's Nook

I imagine myself a medieval monk


running an errand for the abbott

racing through his nook

...and time.

His chapel becomes an inn

while along the lane that led to his windmill

is a new-build for the recently-retired.

'The best is yet to come,' promises the hoarding

- looking to the past.


Blogger Marly Youmans said...

Yes, more medieval-and-after Chester walks!

Fri Feb 21, 01:53:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I wondered why this place was called Abbot's Nook - and then I looked on a map of Medieval Chester and could see why. Really exciting! (Which makes me think I maybe don't get out enough :-))

Sat Feb 22, 11:54:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

All these posts on Medieval Britain reminds me of a book I read recently which I'm sure you would love. I certainly did - it blew me away. It's called "Hild" and is by Nicola Griffith. It's an imaginative and compelling fictional biography of St Hilda of Whitby, set in 7th Century Britain. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Mon Feb 24, 02:20:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Oooh thanks Anne! Just discovered there's a rather deliciously narrated audible version so I'm downloading that (I say 'delicious' because the narrator has a north-east English accent - I'm not sure that would be historically apt because I expect Hild would be talking in Anglo-Saxon but it helps to evoke the sense of place).

Mon Feb 24, 07:30:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

Well, at least you'll have the antique words spoken properly in the audio version as the reader of the book form has to make a wild guess at the pronunciation. Hope you enjoy Hild. Nicola Griffith is originally from Northern England, hence her fascination for Hild. She has a wonderful blog, at Ask Nicola worth checking out.

Mon Feb 24, 08:57:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

True - and I certainly wouldn't want it in Anglo-Saxon (because I wouldn't understand a word :-)). I love the north-east accent. It's very musical. One of the colleges at my old university was called St Hild and St Bede so it will be very interesting to hear this saint's origin - just because of that!

Mon Feb 24, 09:19:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

Well, the only historical record of St Hilda was written by Bede as he was partly her contemporary and she was quite famous at the time.

Mon Feb 24, 09:42:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I don't think there was very much literature that survives from that time except for Bede's...that's the impression, I have.

I was wrong about the north-east accent, BTW. Now I've listened to the first couple of chapters, I realise it's not a north-east accent at all! Never mind - a good narrator, anyway.

Wed Feb 26, 08:12:00 am  

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