I certainly learned more than I ever thought to know about Franciscans, the politics and practices of the Inquisition, life in Medieval France and sundry other details. Fascinating stuff at the detail level which will certainly inform my thinking and writing in the future. I also learned some new words, such as "macaronic" and "archiepiscopal", and new terms, such as "Angel of Philadelphia" — that last definitely a story title waiting to happen.
Interesting stuff, worth my time, and much as with my recent reading of Corpse, about the history of forensic pathology and time-of-death estimates, definitely gave my brain a jolt of different-from-the-usual. Which was, of course, the point.
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