Cacciaguida

Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

Catholicism, Conservatism, the Middle Ages, Opera, and Historical and Literary Objets d'Art blogged by a suburban dad who teaches law and writes stuff.


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"Too modest" -- Elinor Dashwood

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Who was Cacciaguida? See Dante's PARADISO, Cantos XV, XVI, & XVII.


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Sunday, June 24, 2007
 
Happy Feast of St. John the Baptist!


"As an authentic prophet, John bore witness to the truth without compromise. He denounced transgressions of God's commandments, even when the protagonists were people in power.

"Thus, when he accused Herod and Herodius of adultery, he paid for it with his life, sealing with martyrdom his service to Christ, who is the truth in person."

-- Pope Benedict, earlier today


A huge black arm, the arm of the Executioner, comes forth from the cistern, bearing on a silver shield the head of lokanaan [John the Baptist]. Salome seizes it. Herod hides his face with his cloak. Herodias smiles and fans herself. The Nazarenes fall on their knees and begin to pray.

-- a stage direction in Oscar Wilde's Salome