Jasper Fforde

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Tue Aug 24 16:46:00 EDT 2004


Ven:
>
> Apparently Napoleon was given to reading whilst
> riding, I wonder if he had some nifty book
> holding device affixed to his saddle.

:-) Conversely, Julius Caesar used to compose letters, reports and even IIRC
a Latin grammar, which he dictated (in true dictatorial manner) from
horseback as he travelled through Cisalpine Gaul. Presumably his scribes had
even niftier writing pads attached to *their* saddles - and all without the
aid of stirrups!

Charlie

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