Friday, February 29, 2008

Morning Medieval Miscellany

For your consideration:
  • Michael Drout has a post on crackpot theories and Beowulf.
  • The Medieval Club of New York has the announcement for their "The Subjects of Friendship, Medieval and Medievalist" event on Friday, March 7th. Me, I'll be at a gala at the Fitzgerald Museum, but if you're out that-a-way, you should consider going.
  • The Heroic Age has an update with all sorts of Calls for Papers and the like.
  • Steven Till has the medieval term of the day, investiture, as well as the cover art for George R.R. Martin's next book.
  • Navit struggles with primogeniture in Beowulf.
  • Heavenfield has questions about King Alfrith of Northumbria, his relationship to Aldhelm, and his baptism.
  • The weird medieval tribe this week is the Panotioi. Many of the descendants of the Panotioi have either been President or have run for the office.
  • JLJ also gives us another installment of Today in Medieval History, in which she explains the origins of leap year. Please note, however, the skull & crossbones on her arm -- she's turned to piracy!
  • Modern Medieval has been boasting that it is the top Google hit for the phrase "medieval porn." In an effort to attain medieval online supremacy, therefore, I include the following words in this post, carefully selected from Google Zeitgeist: American Idol, anna nicole smith, badoo, barack obama, bill richardson, britney spears, chris benoit, club penguin, dailymotion, ebuddy, facebook, fred thompson, Heroes, hillary clinton, hi5, iphone, iran, joe biden, john edwards, john mccain, mitt romney, myspace, nokes (ok, not really, but I was feeling left out), paris hilton, ron paul, rudy giuliani, second life, tmz, transformers, vanessa hudgens, webkinz, youtube, 2007 cricket world cup.

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