If I were to live Anywhere at Anytime, I would choose Mont St. Michel, off the coast of France. Its beginning is wrapped in enough fantasy to appeal to me, it's "style of life" stable enough to calm me, it's history (and the 14th century especially) tumultuous enough to provide a sense of adventure.
There's a folktale that says the island was built by giants trying to separate themselves from the wrath of the populace. Early history says the Bishop of Avranches was visited by the Archangel Michael three times who gave orders to build a monastery on the rock. The third time he poked the Bishop's forehead with his finger, leaving a hole there.
The island life is dominated by the abbey he began to build to the Benedictine monks who lived there, and the ebb and flow of the tides.
The history of the fourteenth century was one of plagues, political intrigues, conflicting loyalties, and brigands. Because of its location the mount (between England and France, the mount is important in many ways to the events of the region and the time at the same time presenting a harbor of safety to its residents.
So I decided in my imagination to be born on the island in 1348, six hundred years before my actual birth, and to live the life of a bon vivant, in a way that would challenge my budget, hoping to become one of the central players in the social life of Paris and in other ways enjoying all the benefits of an age wracked with tragedy. Edgar Allen Poe would later in history write a story that encapsulated my feelings at the time The Masque of the Red Death fortunately without any of the consequences to me personally that occurred in his fabliaux.
So my life is wrapped up in gambling, collecting objets d'art. eating well and dressing fashionably. A rather shallow existence that suits me perfectly.
This website is an exploration of my life and how I choose to recreate it in the twentieth century.
It's difficult to live in one time and try to 'go back in time'; there are just too many features of this virtual world that are too hard to leave (the computer I'm using being one of them) so in part effort is being sent to leave convenience behind.... I don't use a sewing machine when I sew. I use a quill pen when I actually write. Will eventually mix my own paints when I do illumination. I'd like to own my own castle, and live full-time in the 1300s but probably won't.
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