The following article about a Christine de Pizan illuminated manuscript reminded me of a moment in my work in progress, so, as it’s #SnippetSunday I thought I might share a little with you…
“A week or so later, Alys sought me out in the pleasure gardens during a break from my duties.
‘Reading?’ she asked, looking down at me, clutching her furred mantle close about her. ‘As always.’
I got to my feet, snapping shut the book I had borrowed from the palace library. My duties here were not burdensome and now left me plenty of time to amuse myself among the Duchess’s fine collection.
‘Don’t be daft, Matt. You needn’t stand up for me.’ She sat down on the wooden bench, taking the leather volume from my chilly hands as I lowered myself down again beside her. ‘Poetry?’
Her lithe fingers flicked through to the richly decorated title page, then paused.
‘Christine de Pizan?’ She raised her eyes to mine. ‘”The Book of Deeds of Arms and Chivalry”. Battle strategy? Not your usual taste.’
‘The Duchess has such a variety in her collection – and besides, I read all the poetry while you were still in England. It was only ten shelves worth after all – barely even a week’s reading, let alone a year’s.’
My lame attempt at a joke, even with an accompanying smile, didn’t fool her.
‘Oh, Matt – were you so very lonely? In your letters – those that reached me anyway – you always seemed so cheerful.’
‘No, not at all,’ I tried to protest. ‘Everyone here is very friendly, I had new duties to learn, another language to perfect. And I’ve been continuing my training with the Duchess’s weapons master. I’ve hardly had time to think, let alone be lonely.’…”