By Patrick Leigh Fermor
Whereas nonetheless undefined, Patrick Leigh Fermor made his manner throughout Europe, as mentioned in his vintage memoirs, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. in the course of global struggle II, he fought with neighborhood partisans opposed to the Nazi occupiers of Crete. yet in A Time to maintain Silence, Leigh Fermor writes a few extra inward trip, describing his numerous sojourns in a few of Europe’s oldest and such a lot venerable monasteries. He remains on the Abbey of St. Wandrille, a good repository of paintings and studying; at Solesmes, recognized for its revival of Gregorian chant; and at the deeply ascetic Trappist monastery of l. a. Grande Trappe, the place priests take a vow of silence. ultimately, he visits the rock monasteries of Cappadocia, hewn from the stony spires of a moonlike panorama, the place he seeks a few hint of the lifetime of the earliest Christian anchorites.
More than a historical past or go back and forth magazine, although, this gorgeous brief ebook is a meditation at the which means of silence and solitude for contemporary lifestyles. Leigh Fermor writes, “In the seclusion of a cell—an life whose quietness is barely assorted by means of the silent foodstuff, the solemnity of formality, and lengthy solitary walks within the woods—the afflicted waters of the brain develop nonetheless and transparent, and masses that's hidden away and all that clouds it floats to the skin and will be skimmed away; and after a time one reaches a kingdom of peace that's unthought of within the usual world.”
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During the abbacy of St. Hugh, nephew of the Charles Martel who drove the Moors from south-west France about half a century before the reign of Charlemagne, the Abbey reached its territorial apogee; for St. Hugh, besides being abbot of the great foundation of Jumièges, was archbishop of Rouen and bishop of Paris and Bayeux, and the Abbey possessed parishes and priories all over the north of France and as far afield as Burgundy and even Provence. From that time, the fortunes of the Abbey varied in the hands of succeeding abbots.
Loudspeakers relayed his sing-song voice. Meanwhile, the guest-master and a host of aproned monks waited at the tables, putting tureens of vegetable soup before us and dropping into our plates two boiled eggs, which were followed by a dish of potatoes and lentils, then by an endive salad, and finally by discs of camembert, to be eaten with excellent bread from the Abbey bakery. Every now and then a monk left his place, and knelt for a few minutes before the Abbot’s table. At a sign from the Abbot, he would rise, make a deep bow, and withdraw….
After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in A Time of Gifts (1977) and continues through Between the Woods and the Water (1986), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. His books Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE.
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor