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Theological Notebook: Umberto Eco on Writers and the Knights Templar 
27th-Jul-2009 09:15 pm
Here We Stand
Heh. I've been doing some side reading on the Crusades, as I mentioned a few days ago, and I was just googling a reference or two when I found a blog citing the recent publication of archivist Barbara Frale's recent 2009 book on the Knights Templar, The Templars: The Secret History Revealed. Frale is an historian in the employ of the dramatically-named Vatican Secret Archives, and appears to be a very accomplished medievalist. What caught my eye was this comment in the blog entry:
The brief foreword by Umberto Eco has the following priceless remarks: "No other subject has ever inspired more hacks from more countries throughout time than the Templars. . . The only way to determine if a book on the Templars is serious is to check if it ends in 1314..."
28th-Jul-2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Medievalists and their hangers-on are some of the craziest people I know. The end.
28th-Jul-2009 02:39 am (UTC)
You have to read more books published after 1800!
28th-Jul-2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I do! At least 30% of my field is 1800-1835...
28th-Jul-2009 04:26 am (UTC)
I stand corrected. But still... :-P
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