Monday, August 25, 2008

Morning Medieval Miscellany

I'm doing Dragon*Con this weekend, and am part of the Tolkien/Lewis Breakfast Roundtable on Saturday morning. Between now and then, I've got to get my tenure & promotion package in. I hope you enjoy this Miscellany, because if this week is anywhere near as busy as it looks, there might not be another coming until after Labor Day! So, until then:
  • Cinerati discusses the D&D: Tiny Adventures app for Facebook, which I haven't been able to install right.
  • Jonathan Jarrett discusses Muslim Spain.
  • Michelle of Heavenfield discusses why King Ecgfrith was buried in Iona.
  • The Heroic Age has had about a dozen or more new CfPs since last I linked there. Also, the K'zoo deadlines are coming up (Sept 15th?).
  • In addition to its usual fare of medieval stories in the news, News for Medievalists also has some CfPs and other tidbits this time 'round, including a list of medieval history PhD dissertations completed so far this year.
  • Old Norse News tells us of the Myth and Memory Conference coming up in Aarhus this November.
  • Eileen Joy discusses the impact (and sometimes lack thereof) of theorists like Frantzen, Overing, and Hermann on Anglo-Saxon studies.
  • This isn't strictly medieval, but Steve Muhlberger reacts to a couple of Michael Drout's posts on models of scholarship. In one of them, I'm compared to Steven Jay Gould, Tom Shippey, and Michelle Brown. Among those luminaries, I kinda feel like Dan Ackroyd in "We Are the World" -- glad to be in that company, but wondering how I got there.
  • The Naked Philologist has a post on medieval propaganda, including this line telling me we're on the same wavelength: "O blogosphere, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Just look at the Wulfstanian tenor of that passage!"
  • The Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry project is making progress on Elene and Guthlac A.
  • Senchus has a post on Scottish origins, and the relationship with the Irish.
  • Furnace of Doubt has been replaced by Debilitas Mentis. Time to update blogrolls and subscriptions accordingly.
  • Lingwe has a fuller report on MythCon.
  • The Medieval History Term of the Week is joist. No, that's not the New England version of "joust."
  • Jeff Sypeck has a post on Icelanders, lava, and swimming four miles.
  • Also, and thanks to Jeff Sypeck for pointing this out, Kid Beowulf and the Blood-bound Oath has been out for a month now. Lex, you toot your own horn a bit louder and let the medieval blogosphere know about such things! By complete coincidence, I ran across this absolutely brilliant review of KBatBBO by a young wordsmith who no doubt will set the lit-crit world on fire with her taste, insight, and good gene stock. Long after Kid Beowulf has faded from memory, future scholars will point to this young reviewer as the 21st Century's Alexander Pope.
Um, I know I'm going to regret this link, but Jennifer Lynn Jordan tried to figure out what people are looking for when they google "middleageporn," and the answer is in the video below. Don't worry, it's safe for work.


  1. Anonymous7:28 PM

    I forgot Dragon*Con was this weekend! If you see Robert Englund hanging around try to steal some of his aura and energy and bring back for me okay LOL...Fawn

  2. Anonymous12:17 PM

    You can't really regret a Bill Bailey link till you've posted either the Cockney Medley or his skit about Continental European ambulance sirens, don't worry...