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30 September 2014 @ 07:25 pm
Pirate Attacks & Corrupt Clergy: Vatican Archives Reveal Secrets  
Pirate Attacks & Corrupt Clergy: Vatican Archives Reveal Secrets
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor
September 30, 2014 07:58am ET

A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in newly published documents from the Vatican archives.

The tale may seem more like Hollywood than reality.

"Hollywood could use this story. But Hollywood does not know anything about it because it is buried in the documents edited here," Charles Donahue Jr., a professor at Harvard University, wrote in the preface to the newly published book "The Spoils of the Pope and the Pirates, 1357: The Complete Legal Dossier from the Vatican Archives" (The Ames Foundation, 2014).

SOURCE: http://www.livescience.com/48067-pirate-tale-revealed-in-vatican-archives.html?cmpid=558326

I can't find the book, boo.
ms_geekettems_geekette on October 1st, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Seems that there is a copy here?

A few law libraries in the US have hard copies, too, although I don't know if they participate in ILLs: http://www.worldcat.org/title/spoils-of-the-pope-and-the-pirates-1357-the-complete-legal-dossier-from-the-vatican-archives/oclc/875292889&referer=brief_results

But just taking a quick glance at the pdf, it seems that most of the text is Latin with short English summaries (or maybe full translations, I dunno)
Topology of a Phantom Citychantalzola on October 3rd, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for looking that up, you rock!

I wish I knew Latin, i never took it in school or anything though.
ms_geekettems_geekette on October 3rd, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Hey, Google Translate has Latin as an option. ;-D

You're welcome. The text certainly doesn't seem quite as exciting as the summary, haha. But it feels like it is geared towards academic researchers (who might know Latin), rather than non-fiction readers.
Topology of a Phantom Citychantalzola on October 5th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
It does??? I honestly never knew that, that is really, really cool!

Hmmm, I'll still probably check it out, if just to skim or say I did. Thank you google translate! Haha. and thank you!
ms_geekettems_geekette on October 5th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I didn't know either, but I just checked randomly before leaving that earlier comment.

You can also use it for auto translation of webpages, but the Foundation would probably prefer that you'd upload it to Google Docs and do that rather than reading it off the pdf on their site. ;-)