Bran the Archdruid

Bran the Archdruid in Weapons from Paradise   This magnificent figure – the last Archdriud of Britain in the days of the Roman invasions, converted by Joseph of Arimathea and the father of a lineage of early saints – seems to have appeared full-grown out of the imagination of the Welsh antiquarian Iolo Morganwg (Edward … Continue reading

Weapons from Paradise (Vol. II)

  Weapons from Paradise   The Epic of the Holy Grail: Volume Two                 Book III:  Bran the Archdruid   Book IV: Heroes Who Climbed the Singing Constellations   Book V:  The Council of the Kings   Book VI: Evalak, King of Avalon   Book VII: The Gallic … Continue reading

The Philokalia Acts IV – V

ACT IV   Scene 1: A magnificent apartment in the Vatican. Christoforo is lounging on a couch with a huge and splendid book. Filippo is pacing the floor.   Filippo              Too slow, too slow.   Christoforo                                      You want me to lose my mind? These are dangerous studies!   Filippo             I … Continue reading

About The Philokalia

About The Philokalia At the dawn of the Renaissance, the print shops of Italy were the new intellectual centers of Europe. Elegant manuscripts of classical antiquity, unknown to the European universities, were being discovered for the first time in a thousand years, and feverishly brought into print for the first time. Also newly discovered was … Continue reading

The Philokalia, Acts II – III

  ACT II   Scene 1: Dining Room in Aldus’ house. Seated at table: Aldus, Christoforo, Erasmus, Zeno, Jacopo’s wife and two children, boy apprentice, nobles, citizens, workmen.   Maria Mamma, ask him to tell us a story tonight!   Christoforo What would you like to hear?   Maria Oh, one of your romances! Make … Continue reading

The Philokalia

THE PHILOKALIA A tragedy in five Acts     by Christopher Lewis       Philokalia:             Greek, “love of the Beautiful”, “beauty” in the sense of truth and goodness, is the name given to a collection of writings of the most exalted patristic spirituality.   Of the many influences which stimulated the Renaissance, perhaps … Continue reading