by Hans G. Lundahl on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 5:02pm
Back in the Tenth Century a King of the Franks and his Queen stemming from Saxony would ask a monk "How will we be able to know when Antichrist arrives"? Adso of Melk (just kidding!) I mean Adso Dervensis to the answer. Accepted criteria include having a very huge megalomania and getting away with it. It also includes getting mainly away with it with - poor folks, God keep them pure from that at least this Hanukkah of theirs - the Jews.
Eleven centuries later (or a few decades less than that actually) concerns include getting out of Afghanistan and getting - therefore - to negotiate with a Talib, with one of the Taliban. Acceptable criteria for being their herald include coming dressed like one. Or - if the "dirt" part of this link is no exaggeration - less clean than a real one. If the story is true it is no good preparation for a real talk with the Taliban.
I mean, Louis IV and Gerberga mainly required eating and drinking swell on courtly occasions, when in private they ate less than usually, and were scrupulous about Friday fasts. And Adso was paid the ink and paper and rather simpler food than even the royal couple. I think tax payers had less reason to grumble back then. So had Christians for whom First Amendment does not amount to replacing Ten Commandments with Georgia Guidestones.
Adso Dervensis: http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/adso.html