In A Saving Science, Eric Ramirez-Weaver explores the significance of early medieval astronomy in the Frankish empire, using as his lens an astronomical masterpiece, the deluxe manuscript of the Handbook of 809, painted in roughly 830 for Bishop Drogo of Metz, one of Charlemagne's sons. Created in an age in which careful study of the heavens served a liturgical purpose-to reckon Christian feast days and seasons accurately and thus reflect a "heavenly" order-the diagrams of celestial bodies in the Handbook of 809 are extraordinary signifiers of the intersection of Christian art and classical astronomy.
Ramirez-Weaver shows how, by studying this lavishly painted and carefully executed manuscript, we gain a unique understanding of early medieval astronomy and its cultural significance. In a time when the Frankish church sought to renew society through education, the Handbook of 809 presented a model in which study aided the spiritual reform of the cleric's soul, and, by extension, enabled the spiritual care of his community.
An exciting new interpretation of Frankish painting, A Saving Science shows that constellations in books such as Drogo's were not simple copies for posterity's sake, but functional tools in the service of the rejuvenation of a creative Carolingian culture.
"Saving a White Knight" is an erotic story dealing with the effects of university social politics on men in the United States. University Professor Russell Patton hates himself, and he does not even know it. Known to others as a white knight, Russell, suffering from stress and frequent headaches, lives his life in a shroud of political correctness, unable to see beyond the boundaries. Sometimes, the headaches become too painful and the stress too intense, and Russell sneaks away guiltily for a 'happy ending' massage on the other side of town. A series of events, beginning with a false discrimination complaint, force Russell to examine his life and conditioned beliefs. The novella serves as an indictment of political correctness, conformity and social culture on United States university campuses, but it is also romantic and erotic with plenty of graphic sex scenes. "Saving a White Knight" is ultimately a coming-of-age story for men.
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