Monday, March 24, 2014


Earthly Paradises

Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), Provence: From Minstrels to the Machine (Manchester: Carcanet, 2009), p. 215:
Nevertheless during all my life I have been aware—or it might be more true to say that I have had the feeling, since never till this moment have I put it into words—that there are in this world only two earthly paradises. The one is in Provence with what has survived of the civilisations of the Good King, of the conte-fablistes of the Troubadors and of the painters of Avignon of the Popes. The other is the Reading Room of the British Museum.
The Good King is René of Anjou (1409-1480).

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