Page 53. " Her hair was like Tartarean vines "


In classic mythology, below Uranus, Gaia, and Pontus is Tartarus, or Tartaros (Greek Τάρταρος, deep place). It is a deep, gloomy place, a pit, or an abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering that resides beneath the underworld. In the Gorgias, Plato (c. 400 BC) wrote that souls were judged after death and those who received punishment were sent to Tartarus. As a place of punishment, it can be considered a hell. The classic Hades, on the other hand, is more similar to Old Testament Sheol.

Page 60. " a cloak that appeared to be of the finest medieval cut "
Page 62. " a dragon named La Gargouille "

The Legend of  Gargouille

Page 62. " taking with him a bell, a Bible, a candle, and a cross "

Bell, book and candle refers to an archaic method of excommunication used by the Catholic Church for one who had committed a particularly grievous sin.

Page 65. " Jeanne d’Arc was burned at Rouen "

Joan of Arc

Page 68. " Non Omnis Moriar "

"Not all of me will die" Latin phrase expressing the belief that a part of the speaker will survive beyond death.

Page 68. " suffering is necessary to become spiritually beautiful "
Page 69. " Heinrich Seuse, German religious mystic "

Also known as Henry Suso