[Sca-cooks] Pass times other than food
lordhunt at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 18:02:42 PDT 2010
The subject wasn't that but something like that.
Anyway my big one is historical novels. My major is Henry IV of
Spain who is my passion but as a pass time I read anything about
historical people unknown to me when I think the author is historically
correct. Here in Chile I normally buy books in Spanish. A friend claims
I read one a week. Not true, I only read waiting for doctors
appointments so I tell him, who happens to be an MD, that as he makes we
wait so long it could be true :-D !
My last one is by X.R. Trigo, a Catalan professor. The title is:
Los Secretos der la Reina. It is about Queen Eleanor who supposedly died
of the Bubonic plague in 1348. The chapters alternate between those of
the 14th Century at the Monastery of Poblet in Tarragona, south of
Barcelona (where my husband wanted to marry as it is so beautiful), and
those of two historical researchers now in the 21st century who are
blocked by the Abbot of Poblet from reading manuscripts which might
'endanger the church' so to speak. The researchers suspect that the
queen was poisoned but have no motive. . . That is likely because there
are conflicting reports as to how much the Black Death affected what is
Spain today. One side says that the Black Death occurred in northern
Europe and very little in Spain. Others maintain that any illnesses
causing death were labeled 'Black Death' when the physician could not
explain why, especially in Spain. Thirdly, poison was and continues to
be an assessable means to get rid of unwanted people.
As a researcher, I know the feeling! I got very close to hidden
documents in Madrigal in Avila years back. The owner had documents
hidden in the tunnels that Jews used to escape when Fernando the
Catholic became outraged with them for supporting Henry IV's daughter in
the Civil War that he and Isabel fought against her to usurp her throne
after the death of her father. Everyone in the historic world pushed me
hoping that he would permit me access. I was a failure. He never did
take me down to the tunnels. I never was permitted to touch a document.
Since he has died and my contacts have had to move elsewhere due to the
I remain passionate - starving to research my area of history.
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