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Errantry: Novak's Journal
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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..."
Nice!
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29th-Jul-2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Heh. No, I didn't mean to imply that you were alleging it to be about the Templars, I just thought Luke's comment to be interesting in itself.

From your description, I'm not sure if I want to move the book farther up the "to read" list, or whether I would find the whole thing annoying. I did, in fact, start it eight or ten years ago, and didn't get past the first few pages, which is a rare level of disinterest for me. I had so enjoyed The Name of the Rose, even sweating through the Latin sections in my measly Latin, but for some reason I found the first few pages of Foucault's Pendulum quite off-putting. It sits next to me on the shelf, here, as I write, mocking me for my weak-will....
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