Latin or the Empire of a Sign, Franeuise Waquet, Verso £13. "Latin is dead and this book is its epitaph," said the Daily Telegraph of the hardback edition. "It is the merit and interest of Waquet's survey that she finds Latin not only deployed for the liturgy, but also to describe things carnal, pornographic or otherwise shameful. Defended with extraordi
nary tenacity by the Church, Latin survived long past its vernacular; indeed, it reached into most people's lives — until perhaps 50 years ago. Anyone who finds that rather sad will enjoy this sprightly survey.
Way of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in the Americas, edited by Virgil Elizondo, Rowman and Littlefield £12.95. The Stations of the Cross have a powerful meaning for Latin American Catholics. These
are penitential meditations, leaning heavily towards liberation theology contributors include Guitcrrez and Boff.
The Walsingham Way by John Merrill. Walk & Write, Longcliffe, Derbs DE4, 4HN £4.95. An appealing little hook with useful maps tracing the 72-mile medieval route from Ely to Walsingham.