"The Man of Law's Tale" is an episodic story of "Custance" (or Constance) that can be found in the Anglo chronicles of Nicholas Trivet, as well as in the poetry of John Gower. In his tale, The Man of Law presents the group with a more virtuous tale after the bawdy tales from both the … Continue reading A Story of “Joy after Woe” in The Man of Law’s Tale
Since much of the early Church history is about a series of figures, I am enjoying creating little biographies on some of these influential people, like Saint Ambrose. Aurelius Ambrosius, or simply "Ambrose" was an influential Roman leader and Christian elder. He is often considered one of the four Western/Latin Christian "Church Doctors" (Latin "doctor" … Continue reading Brief Notes on the Life of Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, or "Jerome," is likely the most significant Biblical translator in history. He was born in northeast Italy in 345, and by the time he was 29, Jerome had become a devout and ascetic Christian. He claims to have had a dream chastising him for being a follower of Cicero, not of Christ. … Continue reading The Story of Jerome’s Vulgate
Oliver La Farge (1901-1963) was an anthropologist of the Southwestern American Indians, particularly of the Navajo. He was an activist, a scholarly writer, and he also wrote short stories published in The New Yorker and Esquire. By far his most notable novel is the Pulitzer-Prize winner, Laughing Boy published in 1929. The year after he … Continue reading Laughing Boy: A Tragic Romance of the Navajo Indians
The Cook begins by applauding the "Miller's Tale" for warning listeners against inviting unfamiliar people into their homes (perhaps he has missed the greater point of the tale). At any rate, he asks for permission to tell an amusing little tale of an innkeeper in his town (named 'jape'). The Cook's name is Roger. In … Continue reading Notes on the Unfinished Cook’s Tale
'Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus' lived from approximately 155-240. He hailed from Carthage, one of the largest Roman port cities located on the coast in present-day Tunisia. Tertullian has been variously referred to as the "Father of Western Theology" or the "Father of Latin Christianity." His claim to fame is the development of the concept of … Continue reading Who Is Tertullian?