During graduate school, I read Saint Judas, Apostle and Martyr by Dr. Kathryn Wildgen, a book about the St. Lazarus Cathedral in Autun, France; specifically, the capital of the suicide of Judas. After I read this book, I was hooked on the Middle Ages. I wanted to see this cathedral in Autun and all of the sculptures created by Gislebertus.
Ah – but then it got even better. Wildgen turned all of her knowledge about the St. Lazarus Cathedral into a Southern Gothic thriller novel Fractal. She wove together modern-day suspense and an intrigue involving Gislebertus. Wildgen’s imagination turned the Middle Ages into “cool.”
Then I knew I could not miss seeing the cathedral that Gislebertus sculpted. So Norm, good guy that he is, took me to see this place that held tightly to my fascination.
And there, right under Jesus in Glory, was the sculptor’s signature – etched there almost nine hundred years ago. “Gislebertus hoc fecit,” or Gislebertus made this.
Oh, how art can make me feel alive – connected to those who have gone before me!
If you can’t make it to Autun, I invite you to read Wildgen’s works. Whether you choose to read her non-fiction treatise or her novel, you will take a glorious step back in time with no regrets.
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