I’m almost done with the paperback version of Part I of Commentary on the Apocalypse. I don’t expect it to be a big seller or anything, but there are some people who will use it.
The process of setting up the paperback has allowed me to do some revision also, as well as finding EVEN MORE HIDDEN QUOTES. I will be trying to get Amazon to send out emails letting people who bought the older version get the update. (When it’s done. It’s not done yet. Soon.)
Seriously, Beatus is like a quote machine. He has St. Augustine on his speed dial, with St. Jerome next. He also has several more itsy-bitsy “tags” from classical authors which have gone unnoticed for the last umpteen years. None of them are anything unusual for medieval guys to be reading; but it does demonstrate the breadth of reading material available, and how serious Beatus was about his Commentary being “the little key to all the books in the bookcase.” Some of the ways he uses his Classical quotes are witty, too.
I would apologize more for missing a lot of these quotes; but a lot of this material wasn’t even on the Web before the last couple years. Thus our search engines race to catch up with a medieval monk’s reading list!
The thing I would like to apologize for? Missing the point of Beatus’ image of the “countrydweller” building a fire. I realized that the word “human” in this case represented the Church, but it is very clear in retrospect that the imagery really is talking about a female living out in the country. Figuring that out also exposed an earlier error, so I had to untangle several things. If I hadn’t made the original errors or corrected them earlier, the original edition would be better. So I apologize a bunch.