Finished. I was reading this book for background information for a project I’m working on: a picture book life of Blessed Isabelle of France, the younger sister of St Louis. This is an academic book, but was very helpful, primarily in trying to place the events that are recounted in Agnes of Harcourt’s Life of Isabelle (edited by the same author as this work) on a timeline. I also found it very interesting to look at the context of the narrative of sanctity of the French royal house and the codification of feminine Franciscan spirituality in the period immediately after St Clare. The book has a sometimes frustratingly secular viewpoint, but perhaps even that was helpful as something to push against.
I’d like to read more about St Louis, Isabelle’s older brother, and about her mother, Blanche of Castille, both fascinating characters in their own right. I’m still toying with different ideas about how to structure my own book project, but after reading this account, I feel like that’s much less hazy.
I started this in December, I think. Or maybe even November? Not keeping a reading log last year has made me very hazy about when I picked up the various books I’m reading.
3. The Great War by Brendan Hodge of Darwin Catholic. A serialized WWI novel begun just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the way. This has really been an enjoyable read. I look forward to each new installment eagerly. The cast of characters is quite fascinating, the story, which so far has gone up to the declaration of war, is engaging.
4. BBrideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. A friend just finished listening to this and wanted people to chat about it. I realized I couldn’t contribute because it had been too long, so I picked it up and read it in a few days. (Actually finished in February.)
6. Other books I’ve picked up and read bits and pieces of:
As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (from The Riverside Shakespeare)
The Lives of the Heart: Poems by Jane Hirschfield.