voice from 1070 AD

Adam of Bremen 11th century historian
Adam’s illuminated manuscript of the history

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—————————————— 1.11.2015

Gundulf of Rochester, architect and eventually bishop

Friar Adam of Bremen sat with his back against a large tree, smoothed his brown habit over his knees and watched sweating masons lay the bricks to repair some worrisome damage to St. Vitus church.  He saw the new architect making the 4-minute hike up from the River Wesser, rose and brushed off some grass.  He had never met Gundulf of Rochester and was looking forward to the meeting.

“I bring greetings from Lanfranc,” Gundulf said, offering his historian host a red quill and a bottle of fine ink.

“And I return the greetings from Archbishop Adelbert,” Adam said, offering the customary pitcher of water. “How was your journey? We are all grateful for your generous offer of help.”

“We had good weather down the Thames and into the Sea, and sailing down the Wesser to here was beautiful.”

“I am eager to hear all about your work in England over dinner and then I will show you our the problems with the church foundation.”




About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

8 Responses

  1. The exchange of gifts is a nice detail. The word “trip” wasn’t in use yet in the 11th century, so you might want to replace it with journey, sail, voyage, etc.

    I like the tone and the details you include. And you have my wondering about the damage to the church. I hope they can repair it. Very good eight!

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