Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! I know it’s not a Thursday, but I reeeeeally wanted to share this with you.
The Heart Book. Denmark, 1550’s.Thott 1510 4º. The Heart Book is regarded as the oldest Danish ballad manuscript. It is a collection of 83 love ballads compiled in the beginning of the 1550’s in the circle of the Court of King Christian III. Shown above is the beginning of ballad no. 43, Store længsel, du går mig nær (Great Yearning, thou touches me). A later reader – the otherwise unknown Christen Masse – has added some notes, i.a. this pious hope: “gvd ende oc vinde alle mit er lende til en god oc gledelig ende amen” (may god end and turn my misery into a good and happy ending amen).
We do not know who compiled the ballads and instigated the writing of the Heart Book. All ballads except one – no. 66 – have probably been written by the same hand. 19.5 x 15 cm.
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I… can’t even think of anything to say. This book exists?!
Two guinea pigs named Doris and Wilma take on the roles of Mary and Joseph in what Tracy, a GoodReads reviewer, calls “incredibly cute book, a perfect stocking filler that is ideal for all guinea pig lovers.” Tracy warns, however, that “some of the parents with whom [she] shared the book questioned the appropriateness of some of the text for younger readers.”
Wait – hold up. We’re talking about guinea pigs here. How the heck can this book not be appropriate for younger readers?
As for my usual book history commentary… I’m making an exception today. I simply don’t have the time to write anything even remotely smart when I have to head right over to my nearest #OversizedBookstore and grab all my friends and family members multiple copies of this book.
So I’m just going to leave you with a couple of videos instead.
Here’s one of Bloomsbury Publishing’s promotional videos for the book:
And, as an additional treat, someone has taken the time and effort to film this gem: