(urth) Rose the Graced not Rose the Chaste
martinus.scriblerus at gmail.com
Sun Jun 22 22:59:30 PDT 2008
On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 6:45 AM, Dave Tallman <davetallman at msn.com> wrote:
> In Shadow X, Thecla quotes:
> "Here Rose the Graced, not Rose the Chaste, reposes.
> The scent that rises is no scent of roses."
> In http://www.bibliomania.com/2/3/255/1183/23925/1.html I found the
> Rosamond (Fair). Higden, monk of Chester, says: "She was the fayre daughter
> of Walter, Lord Clifford, concubine of Henry II., and poisoned by Queen
> Elianor, A.D. 1177. Henry made for her a house of wonderful working, so that
> no man or woman might come to her. This house was named Labyrinthus, and was
> wrought like unto a knot in a garden called a maze. But the queen came to
> her by a clue of thredde, and so dealt with her that she lived not long
> after. She was buried at Godstow, in an house of nunnes, with these verses
> upon her tombe:-
> Here Rose the graced, not Rose the chaste, reposes;
> The smell that rises is no smell of roses.
> This story is referenced in "A Solar Labyrinth": "The Fayre Rosamund dropped
> her embroidery with her needle thrust through it, but forgot the yarn in her
> pocket, thus furnishing Queen Eleanor's knights with the clue they required
> to solve Hampton Court Maze."
I will merely comment that the Hampton Court Maze was created at the
end of the 17th century.
Martinus Scriblerus scripsit ex 50º 21' N, 4º41' W
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