I was reading a review of an urban fantasy book Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, and one of the characters was described as:

"Professor Harold Postmartin, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), and B.Mon, is the Folly’s chief (and only) archivist."

What does "B. Mon" mean? Seems to be some kind of a degree, but I haven't ever heard that abbreviation before. Google was unhelpful.

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    For reference here is a link to original text where the review is picking up the acronym books.google.co.uk/…
    – k1eran
    Jan 7 '17 at 22:10
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    From that link I see the character is at least when introduced to the plot giving consultancy on an old German grimoire (a book of magic spells and invocations) ... which may or not be relevant to the B.Mon !
    – k1eran
    Jan 7 '17 at 22:20
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    If a degree, it would likely by bachelors of something, thought I can't identify Mon. Interesting though that there is not artticle
    – Unrelated
    Jan 7 '17 at 22:23
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    Considering that the work that this sentence comes from is about a magical world, and the character described is an archivist at a branch of the police devoted to magical crimes, it could be anything at all. Bachelor of Monsters, anyone? Jan 7 '17 at 23:47

The author Ben Aaronovitch kindly replied via a Tweet :

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  • Nice going straight to the source. Except this doesn't actually provide an answer, just progress. It's a Pratchett reference to ... what?
    – Mitch
    Jan 8 '17 at 18:03
  • @Mitch Yep, this answer is indeed "work-in-progress" and not a "done deal". Maybe Bachelor of Mon Repos, (Quirmian for "My Place of Rest") in Discworld?!? But as that's just a guess, I've sent him a followup tweet for clarification ... hopefully he'll reply again.
    – k1eran
    Jan 8 '17 at 18:20

The closest I could find is BMon, Bulletin monumental, a journal of the French Society for Archeology, for amateurs and passionates. Mentions for instance in Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology By Nancy Thomson de Grummond:


Would a subscription to such a journal denote a certain personality trait, in complement to the D. Phil. and F. R. S. mentions?

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