Diana's inscription in my book

My signed copy of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER arrived yesterday, and I'm just delighted with the inscription!

In case you can't quite make it out (click on the picture to see a bigger version), it says:

"For Karen, my most thoughtful and generous Aedile Curule!"

What's an Aedile Curule? That was a title bestowed on me by Birdie on Compuserve in September, 2011:
I move that Karen be elected Aedile here and now....I was sitting with the Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary within arm's reach and here's the nitty-gritty on "aedile" specifically, "aedile curule", which I think fits Karen's role to a T.
"aediles curules...held joint responsibility for the care of the fabric and the people of the city, its corn supply and its public games."
Not every [forum] is so fortunate to have someone as dedicated and capable as is Karen to serve as its Aedile Curule.
Diana has been jokingly referring to me as Aedile, or Aedile Curule, ever since. I like it, even if it's difficult to say. It really does fit my role on the forum very well.  I'm told, by the way, by my friend Zan Marie (who used to teach Latin), that it's pronounced "eye-dih-leh ku-ru-leh".

I hope all of you are enjoying THE SCOTTISH PRISONER as much as I am!  I started my second re-read on Thursday and I intend to spend quite a bit of time reading this weekend.

If you'd like an autographed copy of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, either for yourself or as a gift for the OUTLANDER fan on your list, just contact the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.


Hildy said...

Karen, that's lovely!!

I'm almost at the halfway point. I'm loving it. I'm trying to finish this weekend so that I can chat about it on Monday.

Cari said...

Oh Karen, that's so sweet! I saw the Latin reference in the SP acknowledgements, and I meant to ask you about it.

I hope to be ready to chat about all things SP on Monday night as well! :-)

BetsyG said...

Karen that's a lovely inscription and a wonderful tribute name! I am glad you translated it as it has been years since my high school Latin! I finished the book last night and had to jump here and say that the best part for me was after all the Jamie and John I loved turning the last page and having a few moments with Claire--I don't read spoilers but what Diana included was just PERFECT since I have been holding my breathe since finishing Echo!

Juliazun said...

Karen, that's fantastic! So happy for you. :)

Unknown said...

That is lovely! I got mine and I'm planning on starting this weekend.
I can't wait!

cornelia said...

hello AC--May I trouble you for the link to Diana's Daily Lines? I cant
find it listed anymore and I dont want to miss A THING!!!
Thank you

Karen Henry said...


Try the tips in this thread on Compuserve. Hope this helps!


Deniz Bevan said...

Lovely, Karen!

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