Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Reading the Blogs: A Library of Posts

A day for reading the blogs. Many, many interesting posts but the following came up and bit me.

The Lion and the Cathedral

A post on Beckford`s Fonthill Abbey (now disappeared), as well as links to the eccentric owner who was the author of Vathek, one of the best known English Gothic novels.

There is a link to a book with illustrations of the Abbey.

The architect, James Wyatt, was an ancestor of the now deceased journalist, Woodrow Wyatt, friend of Lady Margaret Thatcher and the late Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth.

The Roving Medievalist

Interesting posts on English cottages. Unfortunately the cost of an English cottage is now astronomic and very much outwith my reach. But we can dream....

The hermeneutic of continuity

Graves and tombs at St Mary's, Chislehurst: Charles West, the Founder of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children; Claude Sophie O'Shea, infant daughter of Charles Stewart Parnell; monument to Napoleon III, et cetera and additiional comment by mulier fortis.(in the comments section)

Catholic News Service

New book offers inside glimpse of John Paul II's life in Poland and Rome on "A Life With Karol," by Cardinal Dziwisz.

Tea at Trianon

Who spied on Pope John Paul II ? The author provides a good link to Sandro Magister:

in illo tempore

Has kindly followed up my post on Guido Reni with more interesting information:
A mosaic copy of the painting of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome of St Michael the Archangel, executed some 125 years later, is in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, above the Altar of St Michael the Archangel.