Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scrofula Rears Its Ugly Head

I was reading Susan Townsend's novel Queen Camilla last night. I have been a big fan of her Adrian Mole novels. As usual, her novel is full of silliness and humor and on page 58 she has Lawrence Krill pen the following letter to Prince Charles:
"Sire,
I beg your indulgence, my liege, to have recognizance of my advice to thee. I have it in my gift to grant to you possession of a most wondrous particular: The Lost Crown of England. May my vitals be torn from my living belly if this be not true.
Write to me, do not tarry, my liege. All I ask as a reward is that you touch my scrofulous and most foul body to cure me of the King's Evil. 'Tis this unholy affliction that doth condemn me to endure such cruel incarceration in this most cursed place: The Asylum of Rampton.
May the Almighty anoint thee with blessings.
I am, sire, but a humble and unworthy petitioner,
Lawrence Krill"

The spirit of the Middle Ages lives on.

7 comments:

Tracy said...

LOL!
Haven't read an Adrian Mole book for years, though a long time ago I did read the one she wrote about the Royal family having to move into a council house.

The Red Witch said...

Queen Camilla is that book so you have read this!

anachronist said...

I loved it !

The Red Witch said...

You have read the book as well? I am reading it right now so maybe you should post a blog entry on it.

anachronist said...

er...I loved the fragment you posted above. I might write a review if I find the book, though.

Tracy said...

Have just finished reading the book - thank you! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would - and it's good to see that Lawrence Krill did indeed have in his possession a crown, and he did meet Royalty in the end!

The Red Witch said...

Anyone who can write such a stirring letter deserves some kind of reward. And I guess Susan Townsend did not anticipate that William would indeed choose Kate.