Thing which pleases me.

I’m not sure what tickles me more: that Peter the Hermit is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, in a reasonably sensible way; or that I recognised the quote before Nina Funnell attributed it to him.

We’ll leave aside the hand-wavy use of ‘Victorian ideals’ as a general descriptor for prudish and reactionary moralisations. That’s for the 19th-century scholars to get upset about.

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3 Responses to “Thing which pleases me.”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Things which do not please me – the fact that you didn’t notice that Peter the Hermit was never in ‘Medieval England’ – where does this quote come from? Not from Guibert or William of Tyre.

  2. Jonathan Jarrett Says:

    I was wondering this. I assumed that there was another such Peter, better known to the lit. scholars than to the Crusades ones, since our authoress recognised the quote, but I have to say if there is such a man, the Crusader has his Google presence thoroughly drowned out. Who’s the person they’re quoting, Ms Eccentric?

  3. Annelise Says:

    Give measure for measure, and overlook the oversight! The excitement of Peter the Hermit being quoted in the Herald is reason enough to lose attention from the rest of the sentence, at least on first reading πŸ˜›

    Actually, this is something I really like about the academic world: how even when people are making great discoveries and articulating them in brilliant ways, each field is really developed collectively. Over time and among colleagues, insights and specialisations illuminate each other. I suppose that’s half the purpose of blogs like this- that (as with journals) we can learn from each other’s deep reading in an accessible way… And then converse even more immediately thanks to the Internet πŸ™‚

    Back to the original article, I like how that quote uses just an ellipsis to join utterances made one and a half millennia apart- as if they were part of the same breath. There’s a bit of poetry in that! As to the Hermit’s ethnicity, it seems that English speakers at the moment don’t seem really aware of the importance of France in the past. The writer was probably swayed by that without noticing.


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