Page 237. " 'What is truth?' said jesting Pilate "

 This comes from the New Testament, John 18:37-38:

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

(King James Version)

Read more about this quote here.

Page 241. " now we see as through a glass, darkly; but then we will see face to face. "

A quote from 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Keen-eyed readers will have spotted that this is the same chapter of the Bible that was read at Mark and Nicola's wedding (see bookmark to page 183, " love is patient, love is kind ") although the translations used are different; in the King James Version, which employs the phrase 'through a glass, darkly', the quote 'love is patient, love is kind' becomes 'charity suffers long, and is kind'.

Here is the entire chapter from the King James Version.

Page 248. " We spent a few weeks in a manoir in Normandy "

Manoir du Catel, Normandy
Creative Commons AttributionManoir du Catel, Normandy - Credit: isamiga76

A manoir is the French term for a manor house, a medieval country house that was the seat of the local gentry. Although they were often fortified by moats, walls or other defences, they were not military buildings in the sense of a castle (château) but residential buildings designed to impress.

Many manoirs in Normandy are now operated as holiday lets or hotels.

Page 249. " a crumbling medieval monastery with a mildly picturesque campanile "
Borgo di vigoleno campanile
Creative Commons AttributionBorgo di vigoleno campanile - Credit: Giorgio

 A campanile is the bell tower of an Italian church or monastery. Campaniles are usually free-standing buildings, separate to the main church building, although built very close to it. Famous examples of campaniles include the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Campanile di San Marco in Venice.