Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Palimpsest Bible

"Did you know there was a priory in Laverstone?" asked Harold, looking up from a picture book.

"There isn't," said Jasfoup, "though there used to be. It was closed by King John in 1208 after he fell out with the Pope. The monks were dispersed under pain of death and the priory was dismantled. Many of the oldest houses in the village were built of priory stone. The lower cellars here were constructed from them."

"They're asking for volunteers to excavate the ruins. I've signed up."

"Why?" Jasfoup sat down and patted Harold's hand. "There's nothing there but ghosts and memories best forgotten."

Harold showed him the page he was reading. "And the Palimpsest Bible," he said. "It's rumoured to have been brought here by Richard the Lionheart in 1194."

4 comments:

aims said...

And Jasfoup didn't say it was a copy? Hmmmmm - perhaps Harold has something going there.

Leatherdykeuk said...

What Harold doesn't realise is that it's written, scratched and carved into the walls...

stephanie said...

Oh dear. That'll be a chase! ;)

I love King John. Not really, of course, but his history and his story.

Leatherdykeuk said...

A foolish king who taxed too high.

Thanks Steph.