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But they're also very interconnected. You can't pull a lever and not have another lever move, too. For example, counterfeit money sufficient enough to buy out other national debts would already have fucked up the economy. And printing money isn't enough to cause inflation. Right but you don't take out loans just because the rate is favorable. She makes a hasty "they all want to outdo each other" comment but current events aside, it's actually unusual for people who rule to be so bad with money as to mortgage themselves to the hilt without cause.
Plus, if it's just a loan, as opposed to fulfillment of national obligations, if things are looking bad you just Things like we saw in the Great Depression era weren't because banks offered loans to people. It was because government was trying to keep up. Loaning to people doesn't achieve the same effect.
It has to be in the third sector--government--otherwise people stop taking the money. Secondly, hyperinflation takes years and even if you diminish the hard currency that backs the paper, you don't save the holders of the gold. Think about it. I am a poor farmer. I need a loan to feed my family.
I am given gold in return for a decent rate. My lord then says "give that to me, and I'll give you food for a week. The possibility of investment and growth? Or feeding your freakin' family? Baru's gambit would have killed thousands. Germany's experience with hyperinflation is thought to have killed in the realm of , civilians between the Blockade and malnutrition brought on by hyperinflation.
So none of this held water for me. It was like someone took half a course in Accounting and half a course in macro-econ and was like "yes, I can now rule the Fed. I'd give the book a break except that it literally pinned its whole feasibility on bad Ayn Randian nonsense. Scurvy is possible on land, but it can be prevented by fresh meat or a GD potato. Pick another word for malnutrition. There's no way this army had sea rations only. We watch them kill a stag ffs. Sodomite as a term is both offensive and implies the existence of Sodom in this story.
Pick a better word. Tribadism is a sexual position, and a fairly eye-rolly reduction of lesbianism as a noun. Characters contradicted themselves. Just about every decision Baru makes she recants a page later and says "see how wise I am? This is the correct decision. In short, this plot is about the economic equivalent of writing a book about space, explaining only the equations for velocity to the reader, and occasionally forgetting the effects of friction or gravity when narrating what happens, told by a character unfit to teach arithmetic, let alone run economic policy whose way is paved for her by a bunch of hand-waving and unsound logic, peopled with folks who were just tinder for her story.
And, of course, homophobic BS on just about every page. I know this part is contentious, but I'll say it this way. If I had written this, and showed it to my queer friends, I think they'd have roasted me. So, maybe I know different types of folks than Seth. Obviously it's not a monolith. But from where I'm standing, this isn't about the value of gay marriage--it's replete with tired tropes, and the only effort at empathy is an exploitative kind.
No thanks. View all 21 comments. Sep 24, Joel rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobooks. I am not really sure where to even categorize The Traitor Baru Cormorant. It's not really fantasy, yet based on it's tone and setting, it would definitely fall in that category. It pushes boundaries - moral, sexual, political. It presents many tough questions, tough situations, tough outcomes. The scope is both sprawling and incredibly tight, yet never feels to be too much of either.
It has the makings of a masterpiece, but doesn't quite hit on all cylinders for me. However, it sure as hell Wow. However, it sure as hell hits on enough of them. Baru Cormorant is a young girl, innocent, when The Empire Of Masks arrives to change her island forever. The book's pitch hits the premise pretty well: The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. Seems simple enough, almost cliche; the innocent child, the invading force, the revenge! But this book is so much more than that. It presents itself almost as a stereotypical coming-of-age fantasy, a variation on the destiny-bound farmboy.
However, it's nothing of the sort. The book presents Baru in her innocence, then jumps ahead to the meat of the story, using the beginning merely as a contrast. There's no destiny, there's no foretelling, none of that - just a girl, growing to a woman, with a very real cunning and desire. Characterization, at times, feels like a lost art in fantasy novels, an afterthought; a sidecar ride for the action that is driving the plot. Traitor Baru is the opposite - the characters run this story, their development, their interplay, their dilemmas, their crushing tragedies.
Baru is one of the most relatable, visceral, realistic characters I've ever read. She grows throughout the story, encapsulates everything it is to be a human, every emotion, every trouble, every feeling from one end of the spectrum to the other. It's impossible to read this novel and NOT care about her, feel for her losses and dilemmas, suffer for her pains, and cringe for each of her crushing defeats - both internal and external.
The book is beautiful in it's simplicity, while simultaneously gripping with it's complexity. Baru fights her way up the Masquerade ranks, finding herself wrapped up in a rebellion which she is entangled within, partially trapped by a secret she is compelled to reveal - one which will tear apart all of her plans if revealed. There is plot line on top of plot line on top of plot line, so many pieces, the entire bundle a powder keg ready to burst in on Baru, collapsing the house of cards she's built.
However, Dickinson keeps things focused, stays centered on Baru, allows the reader to follow all of the intricate lines without feeling overwhelmed, or lost, or confused - unlike his protagonist, who routinely feels all of those. The prose, while not Gaiman or Rothfuss, is elegant, approachable, and interesting at once. It's a very easy book to read, despite it's intense topics and happenings, however does not lack in sophistication.
The dialogue is very realistically presented, the characters keeping you surprised, but not acting in sporadic or outlandish ways simply to move the plot forward. The battles, while sparse, are well done, technical, and exciting. The emotions are the best part of it - I could not help but feel, not just for Baru, but for all of the characters, the ancillaries, the antagonists.
Everyone is compelled in some way, motivated by very real forces, and feel the weight of their actions and thoughts, the affects of everything happening around them. Dickinson hits on some tough topics, including homosexuality, oppression, and cultural discrimination. I felt they were all handled brilliantly - the items were main plot points, without feeling hamfisted or blunt. All were deftly handled, present but not overused, leveraged just enough to twist the heart-strings and emphasize the struggles that the people of his world faced on a daily basis.
The worldbuilding, while somewhat limited, is creative and intriguing. The generic bad guy is not present in this book, rather a very well-fleshed culture clashes with other well-fleshed cultures, various very different beliefs on display at once. The geography takes a backseat to the pieces filling the lands, but at no point did I feel confused by the world, and I was constantly amazed by the overall variations in characters, cultures, and beliefs.
Things escalate extremely quickly, and the last few chapters are perhaps the most jarring, shocking, breathtaking of any book I've read this year. Several moments of pure, unadulterated bad-assery. Gut-wrenching emotional situations, characters facing horrendously painful decisions that are made, often, with a calculated precision that belies the truly crushing nature of their consequences. The ending had me on the edge of my seat, and left me in awe. The books flaws are few, however are present. The book, being largely character and drama driven, can be very dry at points, and I found myself waiting for things to progress a bit more quickly, despite being interested.
Additionally, Seth's writing, while very nice, can be extremely repetitive. He was quite proud of his knowledge of scurvy, and mentioned it constantly - scurvy this, scurvy that, scurvy-ridden troops, etc. A lot of words were repeated almost ad nauseum - phalanx, scurvy, duchy, etc. While this is unavoidable in some cases, it felt fairly pronounced in this novel, and I found myself cringing at times when one of the constantly used words or phrases was brought up for the umpteenth time in that chapter. Overall, the book was really quite pleasant. I thought it handled a lot of delicate topics with a deft hand, keeping things interesting most of the time, and finishing with an incredible bang.
The characters were top-notch, as good as any I've read this year, and the writing was very good. The Traitor Baru Cormorant was well worth reading, and I'd easily put it among my top books of the year. Not perfect, but very close. Rating: 4. Reviewing this book presented a conundrum to me. On one hand it is an utterly absorbing tale that will literally sink its teeth into you and refuse to let go. On the other I still find myself struggling to actually come up with the words to describe just how much this book kicked me in the head and heart. The Traitor is that sort of book. The Traitor tells the tale of Baru Cormorant, a young girl whose family, culture, and nation are swallowed up and destroyed by the Empire of the Masks.
Biding her time for revenge, Baru proves her talent to the Empire and joins the Masquerade, hoping to climb the rungs of power high enough in order to set her people free. But a posting to the distant Aurdwynn will push Baru to her limits, and may just end her quest for her people's freedom before it has even started. I really don't know where to begin exactly when describing just how much I loved this book.
I could wax lyrical about Dickinson's ability to suck me in like a dinosaur stuck in a tar pit with his immersive world building that has shades of the British Empire and Imperial China.
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Or I could rave on about the gender issues and sociological themes that are explored often brutally throughout the book. But when it comes down to it The Traitor is about Baru, and her journey in a horrible and savage world.
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I adored the way Baru was depicted, from her mannerisms right down to her innermost thoughts. From very early in the book, when she decides that the only way to fight the Empire of Masks is from within, we know that her child-like innocence at the start will never be the same again. And her journey is incredibly brutal. And when I say brutal I don't mean blood spraying and limbs flying everywhere although that sort of violence does happen , I mean a world where your sexuality, ethnicity, and culture are swallowed whole and spat out in disgust by an empire that holds all else in disdain.
A world where you are told that your pain, loss, and hardship as you are assimilated and conquered are good for you and the Empire, and where your home will be destroyed, rebuilt, and renamed. A world where genocide, 're-education programs', and 'hygiene' standards where your family units and sexual orientation must adhere to the Empire of the Masks rules are enforced by fear, torture, and propaganda.
And as Baru plots, weaves and manipulates events in Audwynn she loses more and more of herself to her ultimate endgame. The Traitor is a tragedy in essence, and Baru pays a cost no matter what. What ultimately makes Baru's journey so tragic though is as the book progresses she starts to lose all sense of her past and Taranoke. Her noble intentions to save her people at the beginning are drowned by the horrors of her own making in many instances of the world around her. And yet despite all of this I still found myself cheering for her and defending her actions as she and we, the readers sank lower and lower as the book progressed.
And as Baru made her final decision in the book, a decision that broke my heart into pieces that I am still attempting to collect back together, it dawned on me exactly why Baru and this book moved me in such a earth-shattering way. She is the most human character I ever read. Bravo Dickinson. A review copy was provided. Sep 05, Nathan rated it liked it. Fantasy Review Barn And I was having such luck with early hyped debuts lately.
It would be easy to get caught up in The Traitor Baru Cormorant, in many ways it is a fine debut that shows an author with a lot of promise. Certainly there is ambition in this book; nothing about it looks like an author taking the easy way down any path. And maybe that is the problem I had here. It may be too ambitious for its page count.
It starts down one path, darts to another, and ends with a complete left turn tha Fantasy Review Barn And I was having such luck with early hyped debuts lately. King Author getting arrested at the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is more sane than the ending of this one. Here is a book that originally hooked me. A young girl watches as a new trading partner solidifies its grasp on her nation of birth. It is quickly apparent that we will be watching a youth grow up in a land of transition; cultural assimilation through technology and education.
The old culture is a distant memory and an allusion; ignore it because it will never be important again. From here on out we watch as Baru is left with the impossible task of stopping a rebellion in a land that is refusing to be dominated…with only scant knowledge of the land but in full control of the economic situation. There is a KJ Parker vibe going on that I think many will dig; it certainly allowed me to forgive some of the faults. This is a book that revels in the minutia and has a savant digging through all those little details.
Baru is interesting enough with her conflicting emotions, obvious mistakes and bare knuckle comebacks from said mistakes. Her likability waxes and wanes by design; she appears to be driven by something noble but her tactics are downright ruthless even early on. Ultimately what turned me off in this were way too many leaps of faith required to accept the plot. This starts very early on with Baru rolling the dice and picking just the right person to befriend for what proves to be a long term relationship.
No, scratch that last paragraph. This story is needlessly complex to the point of absurdity and it all becomes even harder to swallow as my mind starts realizing just how some allies were moved out of the way in pursuit of a final outcome that I have decided is best described as laughable. This is a book that almost fooled me with its slick style. I wanted to like a book that opens with girl happy in a family quite unlike any I have seen on page.
I love the thought of a savant with a grudge. This is a book that I am sure will get some split reactions. Early reviews I read have mostly been positive but I rarely stand alone when I start seeing issues Oh look, mixed reviews linked down below. And I had such high hopes. Copy for review provided by publisher. Aug 03, David Katzman rated it it was ok.
Sadly, I gave up halfway through. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is another book like An Unkindness of Ghosts where the themes behind it were really fantastic, and I truly appreciated them. But the mechanics of the storytelling and characters let me down. The primary premise of the story is colonization. Enforcement of social morals in colonization is a huge theme here. In other words, same-sex sex is a commonplace normal practice. The story follows Abu who begins the story as a child in a land just conquered.
She is elevated by her sponsor, who seeks to use her intelligence to benefit the empire and moved to a position of power as a leader in a far distant country, assigned to prevent rebellion and control the finances of this distant country. At the age of Once there, she becomes embroiled in complex political machinations and intrigue. At the age of 18, here she is, thrust into power as a combination colonial governor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve in a country she never grew up in. Admittedly, there may have been 18 year old political geniuses during the Renaissance?
Or Medieval times? Perhaps an Egyptian King? She felt like a much older person in her role. So that bothered me and then on top of that, there were some strange choices in the plot that irritated me. Missing a little bit of that authorial magic. Jun 02, Giovanna rated it it was amazing. The Traitor Baru Cormorant caught my eye here on goodreads, while I was mindlessly looking for interesting titles.
It had few ratings, but the plot sounded quite cool and TOR rarely publishes trash when it comes to fantasy. The ebook was cheap so I was sold. Can't say I'm disappointed. Actually I was extremely surprised, and in a positive way, by pretty much everything in this book.
It's a political fantasy, it's clever, cunning, twisted, cruel. Which in my book makes it pretty much perfect. Ob The Traitor Baru Cormorant caught my eye here on goodreads, while I was mindlessly looking for interesting titles. Obviously Baru is the main character. She's a quiet, curious child, with a lively, bright mind, living in a small island with her mother and her fathers yep, plural. Then one day she sees the Masquerade's ships looming on the horizon.
In a few years her land in conquered, by the Empire's money, knowledge and political games and Baru sees her beloved island's customs criminalized and her culture erased. She enters the Empire's new school, learns their rules, plays their games, tries to discover their secrets. She has one task ahead of her: become part of their system and destroy it from the inside, no matter what it takes. The plot might not seem extremely original, but: 1 the execution of the idea is spectacular 2 you actually rarely see fantasy like this. I love political fantasy think The Winner's Kiss when it comes to ya but I feel like they're often underrated.
People usually prefer fantasy with magic and I love that too or war, or both, but politcal fantasy can be stunning too, in a more subtle way. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a subtle book, and that's why I loved it. It's subtle, but stunning. Cunning, sly, quite cruel. There's no space for feelings in Baru's life. She does what she believes it's necessary to overthrow the Empire, no matter if it costs her her humanity. She needs to be ruthless if she wants to succeed. That doesn't mean that she isn't human, because she has her weaknesses too, but she's extremely complex and twisted.
She's not what I'd call a good person, and that makes it even more fascinating. If you like morally gray books, with twisted and sly characters, then this is your book. View all 22 comments. Feb 01, Stevie Kincade rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , fantasy , published , reviewed. Audiobook — 4. I have read plenty of tales of revenge, empire building, totalitarianism, deceit and subterfuge.
I have read fantasies that contain no magic or dragons. I know the idea of a controlled sub-prime mortg Audiobook — 4. Consider me intrigued. I would love to read more of this genre as well as anything further from Seth Dickinson. The Masquerade are not an enemy that will be defeated by military might, a much more subtle game of thrones will be required. I found the first third of the book gripping, the middle third confusing and not particularly enjoyable - and the last third utterly astounding and not particularly enjoyable.
One of the things I learned on Goodreads I believe paraphrasing Gene Wolfe is that a reader finds a book satisfying when it raises a certain set of expectations - then fulfils those expectations in a way the reader could not predict, but in hindsight seemed inevitable. Holy crap did this book do that to me. I thought I knew what was going to happen and then I got slapped across the face with a giant salmon and walked around in a daze for a few hours afterwards.
This book does have a glaring flaw that keeps it from a 5 star rating from me. He is completely correct. I have read enough Robert Jordan to be quite happy to read a book with nary a description of a township or the rolling hills of the countryside or the craftsmanship of a tea-set. However in the middle 3rd of the book when the plot revolves around a host of Dukes and Duchesses with weird names and we are given barely a sentence that tells us anything about them, I found the machinations almost impossible to follow.
So when A and B move against C - and D was reluctant to join forces and so forth it meant almost nothing to me. You will just have to suspend disbelief that our financial wizard is also something of a master military strategist. This book started out so incredibly strong for me and just got progressively weaker. I loved meeting our main character, Baru, as a young girl becuase she was inquisitive, imaginative and clever. She comes from a place where there is a definite tribal influence and people often have two fathers and one mother.
This was instantly interesting to me, it was something I liked the sound of and though made Baru into a colourful and fun character. However, as the story progressed Baru's homeland is inva This book started out so incredibly strong for me and just got progressively weaker. However, as the story progressed Baru's homeland is invaded by the Masquerade empire and her people are condemned as sodomites by the invader's laws. Baru's family is broken up, and she is taken into a school to learn the ways of these invaders and become one of them.
This too was interesting to me, and it was also sad and cruel but true to how it must have been for people to be invaded and conquered. I felt for Baru at this point and followed her story with interest. Baru moves away from her home and ends up in this empire working for the people who have enslaved her country, this is where things started to take a turn for me.
I am not someone who finds economy hugely interesting and although I think Dickinson did a good job handling elements of the economy in a realistic way, I wasn't that interested. I just felt that the excitement and intrigue that was set up in the first section of the story really got lost, and we became sucked into a story of politics, plots and battles but not in a good way sadly.
I wasn't a fan of the middle section at all and only the beginning and end were actually really good in my opinion whilst the rest was painfully average. In the end I would say that Seth Dickinson can clearly write, but maybe this one got away from him a bit in the middle and didn't quite stay as exciting as he would have liked. It's an okay read in the middle, I didn't hate it, but it's not on the level of the ending and beginning. May 16, Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
Probably one of the best book I have ever read. My favorite book so far of the year. This book is so different from any type of fantasy that I have ever read. Its like nothing out there, its so unique. Its like if all the Grimdark authors started to add something different to all there works, but still is realistic and considered to be Grimdark. Basically in my opinion, this book is Grimdark Probably one of the best book I have ever read. Basically in my opinion, this book is Grimdark compared to all the authors currently writing Grimdark.
They are writing cliche Tolkien instead of Grimdark compared to this book. That's how good the book is and unique that will beat and punch the crap out of the read and turn the viewpoint of the genre on its head. Then question how is it possible there is innovation in this day and age in the genre, which can not be discussed without spoiling the innovation of the book.
Both the title, and the fact characters wear masks are all hinted as spoilers for the book. And the short story the book is based on is basically a spoiler for the whole entire book. I can't really discuss the plot of the book because if I do it will spoiler the enjoyment of the book other than this: the main culture in the book is similar to Asian Orientals of the past. Jun 02, Stuart rated it it was amazing Shelves: finance-economics , strong-female-characters , anthropology , humanistic-sf , politics. It reminds me in many ways of N. The layers of deceptions, facades, plots, betrayals, identity, control, rebellion, and suppression that infuse the characters and story are byzantine and yet fully controlled by author Seth Dickinson.
Overall, this book was both exhilarating and harrowing, and I particularly appreciated that the main character is a royal accountant who understands that both governments and rebellions need funding to survive, and the same goes for the military. In fact, I was hard-pressed to find any magical elements in the story, much more like an alternate world with a fantasy feel to it. Given the depth and complexity of the story, I think it is probably best read in print rather than audiobook to get the full effect, but narrator Christine Marshall does an excellent job nonetheless. If I had more time in my daily life, I would definitely read it in hardcopy.
Oct 22, TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it. Baru Cormorant is just seven years old when the Masquerade comes to her home, Taranoke, bringing their foreign ships, their paper currency, their wares and their ways. And Baru—a precocious child, with a head for numbers—has a deep hunger to not only understand things, but to fix them. But some things cannot be fixed. Baru—brilliant, hungry, enraged—vows to save Taranoke from the Imperial Republic and their ways.
At age eighteen, she is granted the eminent position of Imperial Accountant for Aurdwynn—a land of squabbling dukes, a strategic buffer to threatening realms and prime location for wealth to be amassed for the Imperial Republic. For Aurdwynn has one hobby, one habit stronger than any other: rebellion.
To save her homeland, to truly become her enemy, to prove her loyalty to the Mask and execute the wishes of her traitorous heart, Baru will pay any price—even if those prices mean that the coffers of her heart and soul run completely dry. There has never been a more appropriate use of that adjective to describe a book. It innocently poses as a quiet book of a young heroine grappling with questions of identity, ambition, and vengeance under the cloak of macroeconomic theory… but Baru Cormorant is so much more than that.
Baru is a reading experience that is by turns hopeful and triumphant, but always, always exacts the cost of that hope and triumph in gold and blood. Suffice it to say: I loved this book very much. Descriptively poetic without being ornate or overwrought, this novel manages to blend depth of characterization with a plot comprising courtly intrigue, simmering rebellion, and nail-biting economic policy—yes, you read that correctly.
Nail-biting economic policy more on that in a bit. The characterization is what drives Baru, with its eponymous heroine anti-heroine? Baru herself is sympathetic, infuriating, calculating, naive, and hateful—more than anything, she is utterly, completely dedicated to her end-goal. Such is the tale of Baru Cormorant and her rise. Baru Cormorant has a head for numbers and equations but not so much for history , and she is assigned the role as the head accountant for a particularly rebellious region.
As Baru controls the pursestrings of the region, she also controls the Duchy and Aristocracy, who rely on continual loans to grow, prosper, and compete with their neighbors. So, when Baru discovers a shocking type of laundering scheme in the works funding rebellion, she must also figure out how to counter it. And oh, trust me, it is fascinating. Dickinson manages to blend fiscal policy with historical precedent in an engrossing fantasy novel—think The Ascent of Money or The Wealth and Poverty of Nations or, yes, even Guns, Germs and Steel, but cross-pollinated with Game of Thrones or Jacqueline Carey-esque machinations for power.
Which brings me to the crux of the issue with The Traitor Baru Cormorant and much of the online discussion that has already occurred, and continues to occur regarding this book. She knows all too well the methods that the Masquerade will employ to exert its will—mutilation, torture, and death. The Empire of Masks insists on the binary, and allows only for the union of a man and a woman—it also delves in eugenics, forced breeding, and controlled intermingling of certain conquered and subsumed peoples all for the betterment of the Empire, of course.
My own experience is this: I am a biracial, straight, cis woman. As such, I approach this book from that perspective—but I cannot ignore or fail to acknowledge the wholly valid, thoughtful, and engaging other interpretations and reactions to this book that others, whom I deeply respect and admire, have written before me. I loved it. Many others do not feel this way—and I encourage everyone to read some of these discussions and viewpoints because they are important.
For me? The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a triumph of storytelling and economic policy, and one of my favorite books of I'm annoyed at myself. This book has everything: it's well written, it has a brilliantly conceived world, characters are finely woven individuals that dominate the page.
But I just didn't love it. I don't even understand why, I couldn't give you the details because i'm not even sure myself. So this isn't really a review, it's me shrugging my shoulders and looking a bit silly. Many thanks to Seth Dickinson, Netgalley, and Pan Macmillan for this copy in exchange for an honest review. Brilliant, black, intricate, and harsh. Baru is a brilliant young woman, who's scary as all hell, educated in the civilized ways of the Masquerade to be an Imperial Accountant.
Baru's mathematical brain constantly tallies up small things about everything around her, understanding intimately the necessity of following the money, of using people's economic needs to manipulate them in little and huge ways, drawing various people's disparate rebellious plans against Falcrest together 4. Baru's mathematical brain constantly tallies up small things about everything around her, understanding intimately the necessity of following the money, of using people's economic needs to manipulate them in little and huge ways, drawing various people's disparate rebellious plans against Falcrest together.
All the while, reassuring herself that everything she does is in the service of freeing Taranoke, her home, from the Masquerade. Makes me wonder how many others Baru will eviscerate and crush behind her as she moves towards her goal. And who she will be by then. Nov 18, Sunil rated it really liked it Shelves: Baru Cormorant loves her homeland and her family, but the conquering Masquerade cares little about her feelings for either.
But as for those who say: "There was a time when he was not," [ note: A leading belief of Arian Christology. I believe that the word of the Father by which all things were made was Christ. I believe that this word was made fresh and by its suffering the world was redeemed, and I believe that humanity, not deity, was subject to the suffering. I believe that he rose again on the third day, that he freed sinful man, that he ascended to heaven, that he sits on the right hand of the Father, that he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe that this holy Trinity exists with separation of persons, and one person is that of the Father, another that the Son, another that of the Holy Spirit. And in this Trinity confess that there is one Deity, one power, one essence. I believe that the blessed Mary was a virgin after the birth as she was a virgin before. I believe that the soul is immortal but that nevertheless it has no part in deity. But as to the end of the world I hold beliefs which I learned from our forefathers, that Antichrist will come first. An Antichrist will first propose circumcision, asserting that he is Christ; next he will place his statue in the temple at Jerusalem to be worshipped, just as we read that the Lord said: "You shall see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place.
Let them learn then that Son here is the name applied to the Christian people, of whom God says: "I shall be to them a father and they shall be to me for sons. For he uses these words: "Not even the angels in heaven nor the Son," showing that he spoke these words not of the only-begotten but of the people of adoption. But our end is Christ himself, who will graciously bestow eternal life on us if we turn to him. Orosius too , searching into these matters very carefully, collects the whole number of years from the beginning of the world down to his own time.
Victor also examined into this in connection with the time of the Easter festival. And so we follow the works of the writers mentioned above and desire to reckon the complete series of years from the creation of the first man down to our own time, if the Lord shall deign to lend his aid. And this we shall more easily accomplish if we begin with Adam himself. In the beginning the Lord shaped the heaven and the earth in his Christ, who is the beginning of all things, that is, in his son; and after creating the elements of the whole universe, taking a frail clod he formed man after his own image and likeness, and breathed upon his face the breath of life and he was made into a living soul.
And while he slept a rib was taken from him and the woman, Eve, was created. There is no doubt that this first man Adam before he sinned typified the Redeemer. For as the Redeemer slept in the stupor of suffering and caused water and blood to issue from his side, he brought into existence the virgin and unspotted church, redeemed by blood, purified by water, having no spot or wrinkle, that is, washed with water to avoid a spot, stretched on the cross to avoid a wrinkle.
These first human beings, who were living happily amid the pleasant scenes of Paradise, were tempted by the craft of the serpent. They transgressed the divine precepts and were cast out from the abode of angels and condemned to the labors of the world. Through intercourse with her companion the woman conceived and bore two sons. But when God received the sacrifice of the one with honor, the other was inflamed with envy; he rushed on his brother, overcame and killed him, becoming the first parricide by shedding a brother's blood.
Then the whole race rushed into accursed crime, except the just Enoch, who walked in the ways of God and was taken up from the midst by the Lord himself on account of his uprightness, and reed from a sinful people. For we read: " Enoch walked with the Lord, and he did not appear for God took him.
And so the Lord, being angered against the iniquities of the people who did not walk in his ways, sent a flood, and by its waters destroyed every living soul from the face of the earth; only Noah, who was most faithful and especially belonged to him and bore the stamp of his image, he saved in the ark, with his wife and those of his three sons, that they might restore posterity. Here the heretics upbraid us because the holy Scripture says that the Lord was angry. Let them know therefore that our God is not angry like a man; for he is aroused in order to inspire fear; he drives away to summon back; he is angry in order to amend.
Furthermore I have no doubt that the ark typified the mother church. For passing amidst the waves and rocks of this world it protects us in its motherly arms from threatening ills, and guards us with its holy embrace and protection. In these ten generations years are included. The book Joshua clearly indicates that Adam was buried in the land of Enacim, which before was called Hebron.
Noah had after the flood three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. From Japheth issued nations, and likewise from Ham and from Shem. And, as ancient history says, from these the human race was scattered under the whole heaven. The first-born of Ham was Cush. He was the first inventor of the whole art of magic and of idolatry, being instructed by the devil. He was the first to set up an idol to be worshipped, at the instigation of the devil, and by his false power he showed to men stars and fire falling from heaven. He passed over to the Persians.
The Persians called him Zoroaster, that is, living star. They were trained by him to worship fire, and they reverence as a god the man who was himself consumed by the divine fire. Since men had multiplied and were spreading over all the earth they passed out from the East and found the grassy plain of Senachar. There they built a city and strove to raise a tower which should reach the heavens. And God brought confusion both to their vain enterprise and their language, and scattered them over the wide world, and the city was called Babyl, that is, confusion, because there God had confused their tongues.
This is Babylonia, built by the giant Nebron, son of Cush. As the history of Orosius tells, it is laid out foursquare on a very level plain. Its wall, made of baked brick cemented with pitch, is fifty cubits wide, two hundred high, and four hundred and seventy stades in circumference. A stade contains five agripennes. Twenty-five gates are situated on each side, which make in all one hundred. The doors of these gates, which are of wonderful size, are cast in bronze. The same historian tells many other tales of this city, and says: "Although such was the glory of its building still it was conquered and destroyed.
Abraham, who is described as "the beginning of our faith. Isaac, Esau, Jacob, Job. The twelve patriarchs, the story of Joseph, and the coming out of Egypt to the crossing of the Red Sea. Since many authorities have made varying statements about this crossing of the sea I have decided to give here some information concerning the situation of the place and the crossing itself.
And many travelers say its shores are filled at the present time with holy monasteries. And on its bank is situated, not the Babylonia of which we spoke above, but the city of Babylonia in which Joseph built wonderful granaries of squared stone and rubble. From this city the king set out in pursuit of the Hebrews with armies of chariots and a great infantry force.
Now the stream mentioned above coming from the east passes in a westerly direction towards the Red Sea; and from the west a lake or arm of the Red Sea juts out and stretches to the east, being about fifty miles long and eighteen wide. Toward this arm the Hebrews hastened through the wilderness, and they came to the sea itself and encamped, finding fresh water.
It was it this place, shut in by the wilderness as well as by the sea, that they encamped, as it is written: "Pharaoh, hearing that the sea and the wilderness shut them in and that they had no way by which they could go, set out in pursuit of them. And many tales are told of this crossing, as I have said. But we desire to insert in this account what we have learned as true from the wise, and especially from those who have visited the place. They actually say that the furrows which the wheels of the chariots made remain to the present time and are seen in the deep water as far as the eye can trace them.
And if the roughness of the sea obliterates them in a slight degree, when the sea is calm they are divinely renewed again as they were. Others say that they returned to the very bank where they had entered, making a small circuit through the sea. And others assert that all entered by one way; and a good many, that a separate way opened to each tribe, giving this evidence from the Psalms: "Who divided the Red Sea in parts. For there are many parts in this world, which is figuratively called a sea. For all cannot pass to life; equally or by one way. Some pass in the first hour, that is those who are born anew by baptism and are able to endure to the departure from this life unspotted by any defilement of the flesh.
Others in the third hour, plainly those who are converted later in life; others in the sixth hour, being those who hold in check the heat of wanton living. And in each of these hours, as the evangelist relates, they are hired for the work of the Lord's vineyard, each according to his faith. These are the parts in which the passage is made across this sea. As to the opinion that upon entering the sea they kept close to the shore and returned, these are the words which the Lord said to Moses: "Let them turn back and encamp before Phiahiroth which is between Magdalum and the sea before Belsephon.
Now from the birth of Abraham to the going forth of the children of Israel from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea, which was in the eightieth year of Moses, there are reckoned four hundred and sixty-two years. The Israelites spend forty years in the wilderness. From the crossing of the Jordan to David.
The captivity. From the captivity to the birth of Christ. In order not to seem to have knowledge of the Hebrew race alone [ note: Gregory's purpose is not realized ] we shall tell what the remaining kingdoms were in the time of the Israelites. In the time of Abraham Ninus ruled over the Assyrians; Eorops over the Sitiones; among the Egyptians it was the sixteenth government, which they call in their own tongue dynasty. It is dear that Gregory had not much sense of the historical perspective in spite of a list of states Which might impress his audience.
He passes directly from "Servius the sixth king of Rome " to Julius Caesar the founder of the empire. Beginning of the Roman empire; founding of Lyons, a city afterwards ennobled by the blood of martyrs. Birth of Christ. Christ's crucifixion. Joseph is imprisoned and escapes miraculously. James fasts from the death of the Lord to the resurrection The day of the Lord's resurrection is the first, not the seventh. Pilate transmits an account of Christ to Tiberius. The end of Pilate and of Herod.
Peter and Paul are executed at Rome by order of Nero, who later kills himself. Persecution under Trajan. The rise of heresy. Further persecutions. The martyrs of Lyons. His death and that of vast numbers," of whom Gregory knows of forty-eight. Under the emperor Decius many persecutions arose against the name of Christ, and there was such a slaughter of believers that they could not be numbered.
Babillas, bishop of Antioch, with his three little sons, Urban, Prilidan and Epolon, and Xystus, bishop of Rome, Laurentius, an archdeacon, and Hyppolitus, were made perfect by martyrdom because they confessed the name of the Lord. Valentinian and Novatian were then the chief heretics and were active against our faith, the enemy urging them on. At this time seven men were ordained as bishops and sent into the Gauls to preach, as the history of the martyrdom of the holy martyr Saturninus relates. For it says: " In the consulship of Decius and Gratus, as faithful memory recalls, the city of Toulouse received the holy Saturninus as its first and greatest bishop.
And of these the blessed Dionisius, bishop of Paris, after suffering divers pains in Christ's name, ended the present life by the threatening sword.
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And Saturninus, already certain of martyrdom said to his two priests: "Behold, I am now to be offered as a victim and the time of my death draws near. I ask you not to leave me at all before I come to the end. And so when he saw that he was abandoned he is said to have made this prayer; "Lord Jesus Christ, grant my request from holy heaven, that this church may never in all time have the merit to receive a bishop from among its citizens.
And he was tied to the feet of a mad bull, and being sent headlong from the capitol he ended his life. Catianus, Trophimus, Stremonius, Paul and Marcial lived in the greatest sanctity, winning people to the church and spreading the faith of Christ among all, and died in peace, confessing the faith. And thus the former by martyrdom as well as the latter by confession, left the earth and were united in the heavens.
One of their disciples went to the city of Bourges and carried to the people the news of Christ the lord as the saviour of all. But as they had small means for building as yet, the citizens asked for the house of a certain man to use for a church. But the Senators and the rest of the better class of the place were at that time, devoted to the heathen religion and the believers were of the poor, according to the word of the Lord with which he reproached the Jews saying; "Harlots and publicans go into the kingdom of God before you.
Arndt, Introd. And when they had made known to him at the same time their petition and their faith he answered; " If my own house in the city of Bourges were worthy of this work I would not refuse to offer it. And he accepted three gold pieces from them for a blessing and kindly returned the rest, although he was yet entangled in the error of idolatry, and he became a Christian and made his house a church. This is now the first church in the city of Bourges, built with marvelous skill and made illustrious by the relics of Stephen, the first martyr.
At that time Cornelius brought fame to Rome by his happy death, and Cyprian to Carthage. In their time also Chrocus the famous king of the Alemanni raised an army and overran the Gauls. This Chrocus is said to have been very arrogant. And when he had committed a great many crimes he gathered the tribe of the Alemanni, as we have stated,-by the advice, it is said, of his wicked mother,-and overran the whole of the Gauls, and destroyed from their foundations all the temples which had been built in ancient times.
It had been built and made strong with wonderful skill. And its wall was double, for on the inside it was built of small stone and on the outside of squared blocks. The wall had a thickness of thirty feet. It was adorned on the inside with marble and mosaics. The pavement of the temple was also of marble and its roof above was of lead. Martyrs of Clermont. Under Diocletian, who was emperor of Rome in the thirty-third place, a cruel persecution of the Christians was kept up for four years, at one time in the course of which great numbers of Christians were put to death, on the sacred day of Easter, for worshipping the true God.
At that time Quirinus, bishop of the church of Sissek, [ note: In Hungary ] endured glorious martyrdom in Christ's name. The cruel pagans cast him into a river with a millstone tied to his neck, and when he had fallen into the waters he was long supported on the surface by a divine miracle, and the waters did not suck him down since the weight of crime did not press upon him.
And a multitude of people standing around wondered at the thing, and despising the rage of the heathen they hastened to free the bishop. He saw this and did not permit himself to be deprived of martyrdom, and raising his eyes to heaven he said: "Jesus lord, who sittest in glory at the right hand of the Father, suffer me not to be taken from this course, but receive my soul and deign to unite me with thy martyrs in eternal peace. Constantine was the thirty-fourth emperor of the Romans, and he reigned prosperously for thirty years. In the eleventh year of his reign, when peace had been granted to the churches after the death of Diocletian, our blessed patron Martin was born at Sabaria, a city of Pannonia, of heathen parents, who still were not of the lowest station.
This Constantine in the twentieth year of his reign caused the death of his son Crispus by poison, and of his wife Fausta by means of a hot bath, because they had plotted to betray his rule. In his time the venerated wood of the Lord's cross was found, through the zeal of his mother Helen on the information of Judas, a Hebrew who was called Quiriacus after baptism. The historian Eusebius comes down to this period in his chronicle. The priest Jerome continues it from the twenty-first year of Constantine's reign.
He informs us that the priest Juvencus wrote the gospels in verse at the request of the emperor named above. Hilarius bishop of Poitiers. At that time our light arose and Gaul was traversed by the rays of a new lamp, that is, the most blessed Martin then began to preach in the Gauls, and he overcame the unbelief of the heathen, showing among the people by many miracles that Christ the Son of God was the true God.
He destroyed heathen shrines, crushed heresy, built churches, and while he was glorious for many other miracles, he completed his title to fame by restoring three dead men to life. At Poitiers, in the fourth year of Valentinian and Valens, Saint Hilarius passed to heaven full of sanctity and faith, a priest of many miracles; for he too is said to have raised the dead.
After the death of Valentinian, Valens, who succeeded to the undivided empire, gave orders that the monks be compelled to serve in the army, and commanded that those who refused should be beaten with clubs. After this the Romans fought a very fierce battle in Thrace, in which there was such slaughter that the Romans fled on foot after losing their horses, and when they were being cut to pieces by the Goths, and Valens was fleeing with an arrow wound, he entered a small hut, the enemy closely pursuing, and the little dwelling was burned over him. And he was deprived of the burial he desired.
And thus the divine vengeance finally came for shedding the blood of the saints. Thus far Jerome; from this period the priest Orosius wrote at greater length. The pious emperor Theodosius. Urbicus, second bishop of Clermont, and his wife. Hillidius, third bishop of Clermont, and his miracles. Nepotian and Arthemius, fourth and fifth bishops of Clermont.
Legend of the two lovers of Clermont. Now as soon as the saint of God fell sick at the village of Candes, as we have related, the people of Poitiers came to be present at his death, as did also the people of Tours. And when he died, a great dispute arose between the two peoples. For the people of Poitiers said: "As a monk, he is ours; as an abbot, he belonged to us; we demand that he be given to us. Let it be enough for you that when he was a bishop on earth you enjoyed his conversation, ate with him, were strengthened by his blessings and cheered by his miracles.
Let all that be enough for you. Let us be permitted to carry away his dead body. For, to pass over most of them, he raised two dead men for you, and one for us; and as he used often to say himself, there was more virtue in him before he was bishop than after. And so it is necessary that he complete for us after death what he did not finish in his lifetime. For he was taken away from you and given to us by God. If a custom long established is kept, a man shall have his tomb by God's command in the city in which he was ordained. And if you desire to claim him because of the right of the monastery, let us tell you that his first monastery was at Milan.
And the body was placed in the midst, and the doors were barred and the body was guarded by both peoples, and it was going to be carried off by violence by the people of Poitiers in the morning. But omnipotent God was unwilling that the city of Tours should be deprived of its protector. Finally at midnight the whole band from Poitiers were overwhelmed with sleep and no one remained out of this multitude to keep watch.
Then when the people of Tours saw that they had fallen asleep they seized on the clay of the holy body and some thrust it out the window and others received it outside, and placing it in a boat they went down the river Vienne with all their people and entered the channel of the Loire, and made their way to the city of Tours with great praises and plentiful psalm-singing, and the people of Poitiers were waked by their voices, and having no treasure to guard they returned to their own place greatly crestfallen.
For they who lived as Christians at that time celebrated the divine office secretly and in hiding. For if any Christians were found by the heathen they were punished with stripes or slain by the sword. Now from the suffering of the Lord to the passing of Saint Martin, years are included.
The Vandals and the persecution of the Christians under them. What the prophets of the Lord write about the images of the nations. The episcopate of Eustochius at Tours and of Perpetuus; St. Martin's church. How Childeric went to Orleans and Odoacer to Angers. The holiness of bishop Sidonius and the visitation of the divine vengeance for the wrongs done to him. Death of the holy Perpetuus and the episcopates of Volusianus and Virus. Death of their first son in his baptismal garments.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do not think that we shall be condemned thoughtlessly if we tell of the happy lives of the blessed together with the deaths of the wretched, since it is not the skill of the writer but the succession of times that has furnished the arrangement. The attentive reader, if he seeks diligently, will find in the famous histories of the kings of the Israelites that under the just Samuel the wicked Phineas perished, and that under David, whom they called Stronghand, the stranger Goliath was destroyed.
Let him remember also in the time of the great prophet Elias, who prevented rains when he wished and when he pleased poured them on the parched ground, who enriched the poverty of the widow by his prayer, what slaughters of the people there were, what famine and what thirst oppressed the wretched earth.
Let him remember what evil Jerusalem endured in the time of Hezekiah, to whom God granted fifteen additional years of life. Moreover under the prophet Elisha, who restored the dead to life and did many other miracles among the peoples, what butcheries, what miseries crushed the very people of Israel. So too Eusebius, Severus and Jerome in their chronicles, and Orosius also, interwove the wars of kings and the miracles of the martyrs. We have written in this way also, because it is thus easier to perceive in their entirety the order of the centuries and the system of the years down to our day.
And so, leaving the histories of the writers who have been mentioned above, we shall describe at God's bidding what was done in the later time. After the death of the blessed Martin, bishop of Tours, a very great and incomparable man, whose miracles fill great volumes in our possession, Bricius succeeded to the bishopric. Now this Bricius, when he was a young man and the saint was yet living in the body, used to lay many traps for him, because he was often accused by Saint Martin of following the easy way. And one day when a sick man was looking for the blessed Martin in order to get medicine from him he met Bricius, at this time a deacon, in the square, and he said to him in a simple fashion: "Behold I am seeking the blessed man, and I don't know where he is or what he is doing.
Verily I say unto you that I have prevailed upon God that you shall succeed to the bishop's office after me, but let me tell you that you will suffer many misfortunes in your tenure of the office. Bricius on hearing this laughed and said: "Did I not speak the truth that he uttered crazy words? But when he had become bishop by the choice of the citizens, he devoted himself to prayer.
And although he was proud and vain he was nevertheless considered chaste in his body. But in the thirty-third year after his ordination there arose against him a lamentable ground for accusation. For a woman to whom his servants used to give his garments to be washed, one who had changed her garb on the pretext of religion, conceived and bore a child. Because of this the whole population of Tours arose in wrath and laid the whole blame on the bishop, wishing with one accord to stone him.
For they said: "The piety of a holy man has too long been a cover for your wantonness. But God does not any longer allow us to be polluted by kissing your unworthy hands. And when the infant, which was thirty days old was brought, the bishop said to it: "I adjure you in the name of Jesus Christ, son of omnipotent God, to declare publicly to all if I begot you. I was troubled in so far as the matter concerned me; inquire for yourselves whatever you want.
And when the coals were cast down before the tomb his robe was seen to be unburned. And he said: "Just as you see this robe uninjured by the fire, so too my body is undefiled by union with a woman. Finally Bricius went to see the pope of the city of Rome, weeping and wailing and saying: "Rightly do I suffer this because I sinned against a saint of God and often called him crazy and daft; and when I saw his miracles I did not believe.
The people of Tours heard of his death, and persisting in their evil course, they appointed Armentius in his place. But bishop Bricius went to Rome and related to the pope all that he had endured. And while he remained at the apostolic see he often celebrated the solemn ceremony of the mass, weeping for the wrong he had done to the saint of God. In the seventh year he left Rome and by the authority of that pope purposed to return to Tours.
And when he came to the village called Mont-Louis at the sixth milestone from the city, he resided there. Now Armentius was seized with a fever and died at midnight. This was at once revealed to bishop Bricius in a vision, and he said to his people: "Rise quickly, so that we may go to bury our brother, the bishop of Tours. And when he was buried, Bricius returned to the bishop's chair and lived happily seven years after.
And when he died in the forty-seventh year of his episcopate, Saint Eustochius, a man of magnificent holiness, succeeded him. After this the Vandals left their own country and burst into the Gauls under king Gunderic. And when the Gauls had been thoroughly laid waste they made for the Spains. The Suebi, that is, Alamanni, following them, seized Gallicia. Not long after a quarrel arose between the two peoples, since they were neighbors And when they had gone armed to the battle, and were already at the point of fighting, the king of the Alemanni said: "Why are all the people involved in war?
Let our people, I pray, not kill one another in battle, but let two of our warriors go to the field in arms and fight with one another. Then he whose champion wins shall hold the region without strife. In these days king Gunderic had died and in his place Thrasamund held the kingdom. And in the conflict of the champions the side of the Vandals was overcome, and, his champion being slain, Thrasamund promised to depart, and so, when he had made the necessary preparations for the journey, he removed from the territories of Spain.
About the same time Thrasamund persecuted the Christians, and by torture and different sorts of death tried to force all Spain to consent to the perfidy of the Arian sect. And it so happened that a certain maiden bound by religious vows was brought to trial. She was very rich and of the senatorial nobility according to the ranking of the world, and what is nobler than all this, strong in the catholic faith and a blameless servant of Almighty God. And when she was brought before the eyes of the king he first began to coax her with kind words to be baptized again. And when she repelled his venomous shaft by the armor of the faith, the king commanded that wealth be taken from her who already in her heart possessed the kingdom of paradise, and later that she should be tortured without hope of this life.
Why make a long story? And when she was being forcibly immersed in that filthy bath and was crying loudly; "I believe that the Father and the holy Spirit are of one substance With the Son," when she said this she stained the water with a worthy ointment [ note: For qua sanguine cuncta infecit read digne aquas unguine infecit.
Then she was ; taken to the examination according to the law, and after the needle, flame and claw, she was beheaded for Christ the lord. After this the Vandals crossed the sea, the Alemanni following as far as Tangier, and were dispersed throughout all Africa and Mauritania.
The same, under the Gothic king Athanaric of Spain. Journey of Bishop Aravatius of Tongres to Rome thait he might avert by prayer the threatened invasion of the Huns. But there he learns that "it was sanctioned in the council of the Lord that the Huns must come into the Gauls and ravage them. And there remained in the city. And I do not hesitate to tell what I have heard from certain persons about this oratory. For they say that before these enemies came, a man of the faith saw in a vision the blessed levite Stephen as if conferring with the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and speaking as follows about this disaster: " I beg you, my lords, to prevent by your intercession the burning of the city of Metz by the enemy, because there is a place in it in which the relics of my life on earth are preserved; rather let the people learn that I have some influence with God.
But if the wickedness of the people has grown too great, so that nothing else can be done except deliver the city to burning, at least let this oratory not be consumed. But as for the city shall not prevail, because the sentence of the will of the Lord has already gone out over it. For the sin of the people has grown great, and the outcry of their wickedness ascends to the presence of God; therefore this city shall be burned with fire.
And Attila king of the Huns went forth from Metz and when he had crushed many cities of the Gauls he attacked Orleans and strove to take it by the mighty hammering of battering rams. Now at that time the most blessed Annianus was bishop in the city just mentioned, a man of unequaled wisdom and praiseworthy holiness, whose miracles are faithfully remembered among us. And when the people, on being shut in, cried to their bishop, and asked what they were to do, trusting in God he advised all to prostrate themselves in prayer, and with tears to implore the ever present aid of God in their necessities.
Then when they prayed as he had directed, the bishop said: "Look from the wall of the city to sec whether God's mercy yet comes to your aid. But when they looked from the wall, they saw no one.