From my diary

I have updated the Acta Sanctorum blog post with a load of links to the original edition.  I wasn’t able to locate all the volumes on Google Books – although I suspect that they are all there, but it’s a whole lot better than nothing.

Another blasted cold has hit me – what a sickly season this is! – so I shall spend the rest of the day on the sofa.

I bought online a copy of Hunter, The mystery of Mar Saba.  This is a 1940 novel, reprinted by Zondervan in the 1960s.  It’s an interwar adventure story, but from a Christian publisher.  It is best known today because the villain is a German professor of the Higher Criticism who forges a fake gospel at Mar Saba in Palestine; and a certain Morton Smith, the supposed discoverer of the “Secret Mark” forgery in the 1950s, was supposedly familiar with it, and may have got the idea for his deed from it.

The novel is not high literature, but it is much better than I had expected, and really rather enjoyable – somewhat like the early “Saint” novels of Leslie Charteris – and it sold rather well, I believe.  Of course it is rather dated, but so are all works from the interwar period, other than the very best.  It’s on my bedside table, anyway.


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