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I’d like to catch up to what we’re doing this week, so this post will more or less wrap up last week. Also, I have fewer photographs from most of these days.

June 16: Canterbury. The train we took more or less follows the pilgrims’ route to the city, an unplanned plus, as there’s a faster train to the other station now (added since the last time I visited) that goes another way. We had the cheesy/spooky, yet still instructive “Canterbury Tales” tableaux to ourselves, then went through the cathedral, which I won’t try to describe.

June 17: Books and manuscripts day. Morning at the British Library in the “Treasures” collection, which includes manuscripts of many great medieval literary, religious, and political texts; a whole room is devoted to one of the surviving MS of the Magna Carta. While we were there, we also wandered through the current special exhibition on science fiction–which was relevant if you consider that early examples of scifi were written in the ancient world and the Renaissance (Thomas More’s Utopia, e.g.). Found this in the “time travel” section:


If you can’t read the note hanging on the door, it says, “Be back in a minute.”

After lunch, we found our way to the University of London’s Senate House Library, which currently has a selection of Chaucer manuscripts and editions on display, including a facsimile of the Ellesmere MS.

ETA: I meant to wrap this post up with a photo or two from my Saturday in the Cotswolds, courtesy of my esteemed colleague in Dorothy Dunnett & Joss Whedon appreciation, Simon Hedges. Village street:


Snowshill Manor garden:


The manor itself & it’s contents are the real curiosity, however–literally crammed with collections that define “eclectic”–from farm implements and prams to samurai armor & everything between.