Reading progress update: I've read 157 out of 464 pages.

Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination - Peter Ackroyd

Just a few notes for myself and anyone interested:



(p. 139) "grotesque miniatures" drawn in the margins of illuminated texts called babooneries or babwyneries. Supposedly this started in England, though I'm not sure how you can figure that out. The pictures described in this book sound interesting but the pictures I've seen look...weird. (And he compares them to Thomas More's verses about farting and eating...excrement? When did I miss this?)



(p. 146) "To wryte or to indyte,

Eyther for delyte

Or elles for despite




(p. 150-151) I had no idea this was at least as old as the early fifteenth century (when written down):

She sente me the cherye

Withouten ony ston...


(p. 151) Corpus Christi carol:

Lully, lulley, lully, lulley,

The fawcon hath born my mak away (mak=mate, which the book didn't explain and thus sent us on an internet treasure hunt)

You can read about it here and listen to it here.




Page with more of these babwyneries: here.