off another list, but it seemed like everyone here would be interested...
In a message dated 07/01/2001 7:19:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> There was an old baroness,
> Who lived in a shoe....
> Well, it's not quite true, but close enough for our purposes. The
> of Marinus needs a pavilion to shade our people and to be a place of
> hospitality and camaraderie. We also need to slake our thirst for
> which we do by lending aid to the printing of the Kingdom's A&S
> the Oak. So keeping these two desires in mind -
> We bought a book. An old, old book.
> How could buying a book, especially one printed in 1568, help us with
> quest for fulfilment? Easy - we're going to raffle the book away and split
> the proceeds between our need for food (for the mind) and shelter. So we
> announcing the lottery of :
> "Martyrologium", written approx. in the year 875 by Usuardus, a monk of
> Germani de Pratis and purveyor of saintly artefacts for his King, Charles
> the Bald; reprinted during the Great Religious Debate (in the year 1568)
> Johann Molanus, a theological professor at Louvain. The work was "the most
> famous document of it's time" according to the Catholic Encyclopaedia and
> still a referenced authority on it's subject.
> Our copy is documented in the Cockx-Indestege and the Adams listings,
> is in excellent condition, although it is now missing it's cover. The
> of the pages are in red and none are missing or defaced. Although it is
> written in Latin, the entries are well organised and this non-Latin reader
> could puzzle out enough to find the entry for her patron saint and which
> feast days occurred on her birthday. I also liked the scattering of
> in the text.
> If you'd like a chance to own a book printed in 1568, or to gift it to
> loved one or academic institution with such a treasure of the past, here
> your opportunity. Chances will be sold at a dollar (US) each. The actual
> lottery will take place at Pennsic. Tickets will be sold in advance,
> starting now, by mail or in person, and will continue to be sold until the
> actual drawing. Information about where they will be available during
> Pennsic will be posted after landgrab. If you are not attending the event,
> we can make delivery arrangements.
> For more information, please contact Baroness Rosine of Rowanwald at
> Rowanwald@...., or by writing to Terri Morgan, 905 Spring Garden
> Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
> Please help us with this worthy cause. This book should go to someone who
> will enjoy having a piece of our time period in their hand.
> In service,
> Rosine of Rowanwald*
> Nobility depends not on parentage or place of birth,
> but on breadth of compassion and depth of loving-kindness.
> If we would be noble, let us be great-hearted.
> * I give permission, request, pray that this message will be forwarded to
> such lists as would have interested readers.