I'm trying to find a quote from someone's user page I think, about a house razed and a family slayed.
A few months ago I think I read in someone's user page a quote that went something like:
“I returned home and my house was burnt to the ground and my wife and all my family had been killed. After that I had to walk for many days to try to find a place to live, and I walked through the battlefields and my feet bled and my clothes ripped from me.”
It may have gone on further.
It was apparently a quote from an old priest from the middle ages or something. When I first read it I googled a few lines and found one citation in Google Books where the same passage was quoted, but this time, IIRC, it was written in what was apparently the original old English. In both cases I think the quoted passage was about 5x the length of my re-imagined paraphrase.
I've tried googling “site:http://www.metafilter.com/user/” with different combinations of ‘wife’, ‘burned’, etc, but so far no luck.
Can anyone help me find this passage?
Thanks very much.