David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

30 August 2015

Head of TAR



[tich-uh-ler, tit-yuh-]

1.    existing or being such in title only;
       having the title but none of the associated duties, 
       powers, etc.:
       the titular head of a shell company.

2.    from whom or which a title or name is taken:
       His titular Saint is Vitus.

3.    of, relating to, or of the nature of a title.

4.    having a title, especially of rank.
5.    designating any of the Roman Catholic churches in
       Rome whose nominal incumbents are cardinals. 


6.    a person who bears a title

7.    a person from whom or thing from which a title 
       or name is taken. 

8.    Ecclesiastical. a person entitled to a benefice but 
       not required to perform its duties.


9.    Laughing Logos (aka Laughing Christ)

  Laughing Christ, Noel Counihan, 1970
see also

10.   "O
wls of laughter from an ole in is Titular Head." 
        (ornithoLOGOS/HA HA)

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...