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Beware of Universities: A Cautionary Tale From Paris, 1380–1381

  • Alexander Murray
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

Weddings breed weddings: young men dance with the bridesmaids, and in no time at all the bells are ringing again. Funerals have the complementary effect: old men stand too long in the cold. And there is another reason: solemnity calls for etiquette, while the person who ought to be doing the placement is the one absentee, and cannot adjudicate who was really closest. The result is most marked at funerals of the mighty, who have commonly stayed that way by keeping a foot on the necks of the less mighty. These latter suddenly spring up and jostle for places, and feelings get hurt. Sometimes it is more than feelings. If the Devil has a photograph album (how else can he spend eternity?) it must have pages, in particular, for certain royal funerals.

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Cautionary Tale Photograph Album Night Watch Jewish Parent Statutory Offense 
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Notes

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