The public library in my hometown is located within a few rooms of an old palace that long ago belonged to Andrea Chiaramonte’s family, who was one of the eminent noblemen in Sicily at the end of the fourteenth century. He fought against the Spanish, but was defeated by them and sentenced to death by beheading. He was executed in Palermo in front of the Steri Palace where he had established his court. Meanwhile, his family members forfeited all their assets in Sicily, including the prestigious palace in Enna, which later was split into three parts. One part was given to the Franciscan friars, one was used as a court of law, and the smallest part as a civic library.
The ancient and precious volumes are kept on the highest wooden shelves. To reach them you need a special ladder provided by the attendant. One day I was on the ladder looking for a book that told the history of my town, when something that looked like a scroll fell onto the floor after having slipped from a gap between two big volumes about the Spanish Inquisition in Sicily that were placed on the highest shelf. Therefore, the scroll was supposed to be a part of them, or was at least somehow connected to them.
This is an excerpt from A Hidden Sicilian History by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind