- Squadratomagico talks about the first time she ever held a medieval manuscript. Reading her post, I felt my heart racing, as I was transported back to my first time with a manuscript. It's an almost indescribable thrill, combined with an irrational terror that somehow ink is going to squirt out of your eyes, or somehow it'll catch on fire while you're holding it, and this artifact will be forever lost ... and it will be your fault. Or, maybe, you'll discover in the manuscript something everyone else missed, and it will change the way we look at the medieval world, and it will be because of your insight. A beautiful feeling.
- Magistra et Mater continues her two-part post on prestige and the decline of medieval history in the UK.
- Lingwe questions whether there really is a Marathi translation of Tolkien.
- Steven Till discusses the growth of Christian fantasy.
- News for Medievalists has several new posts, including an audio report on the conference at Leeds from the Guardian. We've got a lot of techno-saavy medievalists who went to Leeds this year -- where are all the (substantive) blog posts about it?
- Polysyllabic has a post on Old English profanity, or the lack thereof in the extant corpus. h/t Papa's Secret Voodoo Boot.
- The Naked Philologist has some great little icons for other philologists, clothed or not. More here.
- LCMcCabe has a long, detailed post with lots of pictures on the castle at Guedelon.
- Anthromama has a post on kids learning the lyrics to medieval songs (with a link to the lyrics), and a post with beautiful images from the Luttrell Psalter.
- Medieval Cripples has a comic strip that ends with a little medieval joke.
- In the Middle has a CfP for a K'zoo 2009 session on animals and ethics. Frankly, I've always found animals to be a bit on the unethical side.
- Speaking of K'zoo, Mac Stone has posted her paper from this year.
- Jennifer Lynn Jordan points us to Enter the Middle Ages. I'm sure there's a Bruce Lee pun to be found somewhere there, but I'm too tired to think of one.
- Got Medieval tells us that the Rifftrack for the Zemeckis Beowulf is worth the money.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Morning Medieval Miscellany
I hate doing one Miscellany after the other, without original material, but I wasn't able to write what I was going to today, and if I wait until after the July Feast, it will have grown out of control. Until then: