Marcolf challenged Solomon on malice toward men

By Douglas Galbi, the author of purple motes

I spread out my hands to the heavens,
and lamented my ignorance of her.

Draw near to me, you who are uneducated,
and lodge in the house of instruction.

let your souls receive instruction;
it is to be found close by. [1]

Solomon and Marcolf matches King Solomon, eminent author of wisdom and ruler from the magnificent temple at Jerusalem, with Marcolf, an ugly, rude peasant.  Solomon and Marcolf was a highly popular work in medieval Europe.  In a status-based, hierarchical, and illiberal society, Solomon and Marcolf could never pass through the social machinery of moralistic screening and mass marketing.  That makes this medieval work particularly important in the U.S. today.  Without Marcolf, the balance in Solomon’s wisdom sinks with malice toward men….

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