Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - 22 May

Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
Walsingham followed up on this just 11 days later, on 29 March, with another note urging Grindal to respond quickly. He suggested thatm the queen herself was anxious to receive his official nod.
Again from David Ewing Duncan's book The Calendar - Grindal was Archbishop's of Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I and here the Church of England carries on the grand tradition of obstructing progress - I was unaware that England nearly moved to the Gregorian Calendar back then.
I've now finished this book and found it alternately fascinating and infuriating. It was sloppily edited, some things occurred twice in the same level of detail (the chronology of Orthodox countries moving to Gregorian is recounted twice), some glaring factual errors (follow the link) things which sound nice but are just wrong (
In 1750..a stodgy earl named George Parker (1697-1764) stood up to deliver to the Royal Society an address... the 56 year old Stanhope was for some reason fired up by the old earl's speech.
Anyone would think that Parker was older than Stanhope. He deals sometimes with the maths, often getting it wrong, but fails to go to any depth so you get glimpses but no real background. There seemed to be a determination to mention Roger Bacon in every chapter. I found much of the historical detail - shorn of the over flowery bits - interesting I'd not put the develpment of the calendar into its historical context before so, for that, it was worth the read.

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