Trebots @ Wednesday May 14th 2008 13:28

George Sandford has left a fascinating comment on this post, which deals with an amusing 19th century literary-historical hoax--purported correspondence between Ferdinand the Catholic and an esoteric global selection of fellow-monarchs.

George is family of the alleged editor, Brother Antonio the Goth, and thus of the Christian clan kidnapped by the Moors when they invaded Iberia and rescued during the Reconquest, faith and pride intact. His finale is splendid: "The family coat of arms bears three toads for the family cleaved to their faith as the toad cleaves to the damp earth." The toad--an extraordinarily useful beast--lost its last remaining charm to most people once it was discovered that it didn't really have a precious jewel in its forehead, and it's nice to know that someone, somewhere loved it.

So away with the hart, and

Like as the toad for fetid bog
In passion doth pant and bray,
So pants my longing soul, O Lord,
That come to thee I may!

Do toads bray?

  • Moors (87) The term Moors refers to the Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb, North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta during the Middle Ages, who initially were Berber and Arab peoples from North Africa. Moors are not a distinct or self-defined people, and mainstream scholars observed in 1911 that "The term 'Moors' has no real ethnological value." Medieval and early modern Europeans variously applied the name to Arabs, Berber North Africans and Muslim Europeans.
  • Natural history (517) Natural history is the research and study of organisms including animals, fungi and plants in their environment, leaning more towards observational than experimental methods of study. It encompasses scientific research but is not limited to it, with articles nowadays more often published in science magazines than in academic journals.
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