Redeeming the Trim

March 8, 2009

I always like to have a book with me to snatch a few minutes reading on the bus or if I have to wait somewhere, like at the barber’s. I usually put the book back in my bag when I’m called but John Preston was such a bookworm he would just keep on reading. From Ball’s Life of the Renowned Doctor Preston:

he continued longer in Aquinas, whose summes he would sometimes read as the Barber cut his haire, and when any fell upon the place he read, he would not lay downe his booke but blow if off…

So there’s probably a folio edition of Summa Theologiae in Emmanuel College with bits of hair lodged between the pages.