Monday, 27 March 2017
In SM Stirling's Emberverse, a knight of the Protectorate regards a Benedictine and a Ranger as:
"'False priest and devil-worshipping whore...'"
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Four, p. 98.
The Protectorate has maintained social order but retrogressed culturally. By contrast, the Ranger invites the Benedictine to stay overnight and share:
cauliflower with cheese;
dried-blueberry tarts and whipped cream;
(For previous meals, see here.)
The Benedictine will also be able to administer confession and communion to some of the Rangers who are not "'...of the Old Religion.'" (p. 100)
"'Most generous of you, my child.'" (ibid.)
This is civilization: difference without division; unity without uniformity.