The passage we read began with Publius Cornelius Scipio leaving Rome. We had to break off just as the Carthaginians were about to be ambushed by barbarians in a narrow pass. Readers of The King Of Ys and of the Time Patrol series know of the importance of Carthage. Readers of the latter also know of the importance of the Scipios.
I learned that, although the Duchy of Lancaster has closed the Castle as a prison and opened it to the public with tours and a cafe, its future as presently constituted may be financially unviable so that alternative arrangements might have to be made. The Duke of Lancaster is the Queen of England.
Not having got to gym today, I walked for exercise and visited a friend. Returning home, I meditated, ate, posted about Heinlein on the Science Fiction blog and am now posting this. The rest of the evening will be spent reading, although with a break from Anderson, and maybe watching the television news.