November 21st, 2004

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Hooray!

I finally found one of the accounts of St. Aelred among the Picts, which will be a major scene in my NaNoWriMo. And this particular description rocks!

The pictish king of Galloway was the devil fleshed. He had the gold eyes of a toad and a forked beard. On cold nights he’d slit a slave’s belly open like a sack so he could dabble his feet in the warm bowels. He tied together the limbs of women in labor for sport and drank blood.

Blessed Ailred went to him. Throned on a rock, the king was picking his teeth with the bone of a weasel when Ailred knelt and watered his shins with tears. They say a light went forth from Saint Ailred then that blinded the king’s gold eyes, and a creature was seen passing forth out of the king hung all over with bottles of the blood he’d drunk, and the king swore holy faith from that day on and took him the name of Allred for his own.

Thus with no loss of seed or purity, my friend got him a son that day upon the rock, and Jesu a forkbeard, pictish knight, though blind as a bat from that day on.


From GODRIC, an account of a pirate who became a monk around 1105 and was a friend of Aelred.