Monday, June 30, 2008
Reading this article about unoriginal originality brought to mind an old post of mine about the "Kinkade Code," and this earlier post by someone I'd never heard of. After running across that, I googled "Kincade Code" and came up with any number of other posts with the same joke. Some follow my own post, and could theoretically have been influenced by it, but many pre-date it, so short of some sort-of wormhole in space/time, we came up with the idea independently.
As a colleague of mine used to say, "Great minds think in the same rut." Or this, too.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
- Lingwë's word of the day is actually a phrase, obscurum per obscurius.
- Julie K. Rose has an entry on fairy loaves, or fossilized sea urchins.
Early Medieval Art has had several new entries since last I included her. If you'd like to hear her lovely voice, here 'tis.
- Steven Till has also had several new posts, including one on medieval history magazines (don't neglect the further recommendations in the comment thread), one on George R.R. Martin's Dreamsongs, and the medieval history term of the week, virgate.
- In answer to a post about rhyming at Futility Closet, Scribal Terror explains that some things rhyming in Middle English rhyme no longer.
- The Swain's new series on Medieval Literature I Didn't Know, which has only one entry so far, has already started to bear some fruit, as a discussion has broken out about Worcester Fragment A -- and I'd like to point out that Larry Swain still has yet to name it with a cooler name than "Worcester Fragment A." I'm with Prof. de Breeze on this one -- I assumed the new teachers were the Normans, because it feels like it. Now, a feeling ain't evidence, but neither is it something to be ignored.
- The Swain also has a bleg about a tough question regarding who received Latin composition training in the Middle Ages (and given the context of the question, probably specifically in England).
- The Swain also points us to a 9 minute excerpt of a lecture on the Book of Kells by Timothy Graham. You can also download a fuller version, or an audio version. h/t The Heroic Age.
- Steve Muhlberger has a post about sex slavery and some other not-so-nice elements of the Middle Ages.
- Medieval Material Culture Blog links to a competing claim for ownership of the Bayeux Tapestry, and also Daily Mail Bayeux Tapestry for the 21st Century. I suppose one would have to read British tabloids regularly to find it funny.
- Over at In the Middle, JJ Cohen asks whether medieval people could conceptualize a world without them without them. The discussion in the comment thread is quite good.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I finished "Egil's Saga" today and started working on "The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal," which proposes, among other things, that the best way to ingratiate yourself to your future in-laws is to stab their ne'er-do-well son in his sleep.
My favorite section of "Egil's Saga" is:
Everyone became very drunk, and for every toast that Armod drank he said, "I drink this to your health, Egil."
The men of the household drank to his companions' health, with the same words. A man was given the job of keeping Egil and his companions served with one toast after another, and he urged them to drink it up at once. Egil told his companions that they should not drink any more, and he drank theirs for them too when there was no way to avoid it.
Egil started to feel that he would not be able to go on like this. He stood up and walked across the floor to where Armod was sitting, seized him by the shoulders and thrust him up against a wall-post. Then Egil spewed a torrent of vomit that gushed all over Armod's face, filling his eyes and nostrils and mouth and pouring down his beard and chest. Armod was close to choking, and when he managed to let out his breath, a jet of vomit gushed out with it. All Armod's men who were there said that Egil had done a base and despicable deed by not going outside when he needed to vomit, but had made a spectacle of himself in the drinking-room instead.
Egil said, "Don't blame me for following the master of the house's example. He's spewing his guts up just as much as I am." (138-139)
And that, my friends, is a classic of world literature. What did you have to read for your job today?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- Heavenfield has "Audrey, Cuthbert, and the Durham Stole," showing that just because you're a churchman doesn't mean you can't be stylin'.
- The Weird Medieval Animal this week is the cock. Insert your own ribald pun here.
- The Heroic Age has an update with a CfP and a job opening, as well as an obituary for Michael Hendy.
- Heroic Dreams has a post on catapults.
- In the Middle has a post on gender in the Middle Ages.
- Speaking of gender, the Naked Philologist discusses the anachronism in talking about "anti-feminism" in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
- Magistra responds to a Timothy Burke post on the justifications of history in the third entry of Modern Medieval's Blog Forum. I just realized that Magister et Mater is on my blogroll, but somehow wasn't in my RSS feed, so I've corrected that.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Indeed, right now I've got a four-year-old repeating "What are you typing?" ad naseum right next to me. Maybe I'll try doing a Morning Medieval Miscellany at night ... kind of like when Saturday Night Live was taped and didn't air on Saturdays.
Just to be a nice guy, I'll embed a video of a pretty girl in medieval garb playing the dulcimer. Does she look a little like the Mona Lisa to you?
Monday, June 23, 2008
- Steven Till asks what we think about Christian Bale as Robin Hood.
- Mary Kate Hurley has a post about Beowulf and love, or the lack thereof. I'm with MKH on this one -- I'm not feeling the love.
- News for Medievalists has several new posts, including one telling us that Dante is no longer exiled from Florence. If they really meant it, they'd exhume him, clone him, and then make the clone mayor.
- The Naked Philologist has a few new posts as well, including one on "The Humerous Later Life of St. Æðelðrið," a post on Templar trial papers, and a bleg for feedback on a paper proposal about Archbishop Wulfstan. My own opinion: The paper looks quite interesting, but I think Wulfstan is so cool that I'd listen to a paper speculating on Wulfstan's favorite color, so I'm not the most objective judge. Being as objective as possible, though, it looks pretty good to me.
- Jonathan Jarrett has a post on problems working with charters of Cluny, and includes this phrase I intend to steal in the future: "Preservation by neglect."
- OK, this isn't really medieval, but the word "dwarf" made it appear on my fantasy mytho-medieval radar. This article really ticks me off -- how is it relevant that the woman was a dwarf? The subtext of the piece seems to be something like: "Hey, look at that! A dwarf pimp! I wonder if she whistles while she pimps? *snicker* Let's now all imagine kinky sex with dwarves!" The dwarfism has nothing at all to do with the charges against her ... they just seem to have thrown it in for puerile interest.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
In case you're wondering, the book is well worth the $10 donation -- which I think is probably tax-deductable, too, so if you itemize, it's free! A wonderful, readable history of Charlemagne written by a really cool guy, heck, you can't go wrong!
Hurry ... he has a very limited supply! Do it NOW!*
*Don't all the exclamation points in this post communicate urgency? What are you doing reading a footnote when you could be doing a good deed and getting a book? Move it, mister!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
h/t The Anchoress
- Prof. de Breeze wonders if "maybe I'll make it into Scott Nokes's Morning Medieval Miscellany" for a post on Ælfric's De Temporibus Anni and how it seduced at least one young innocent into the world of medievalism. How could I deny someone like that?
- Steve Muhlberger has an account of Old World and New World medievalisms meeting in a crusader pageant.
- Larry Swain is putting together a list of the required great books of medieval lit.
- Stephen Till has three new posts, including one on the diffusion of the stirrup through Europe, one on Bernard Cornwell, author of a great deal of historical fiction (whom I like very much), and the medieval term of the week, castle-guard.
- Random Dafydd has a post on the Bobbio Orosius, which is a medieval manuscript, not a little-known Rat Packer.
- Moyen Age celebrates Midsummer's Eve with a poem from John Lydgate.
- Modern Medieval has the second installment in its blog forum, on witchcraft in the Middle Ages and today.
- Karl Steel gets in on the weird medieval animal action with the zybo.
- Speaking of weird medieval animals, my brother-in-law sent me Joseph Wu's Origami page, which includes a fantasy gaming gallery.
- Also on the weird medieval animal front, several people sent me links about a "unicorn deer" in Italy. I kept forgetting to include it until today.
- Stephanie Trigg gives us a post on long garter ties, and also offers the text of "The Originall and Continuance of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, as it was Spoken before the King’s Majestie on Saint George’s Day Last, anno domn. 1616. By W.Fennor."
- The Heroic Age has several new CfPs and the like.
- Jennifer Lynn Jordan has a post on the Stone of Destiny as a medieval forgery.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Larry Swain has an exciting new series over at The Ruminate, "Medieval Literature I Didn't Know," focusing on little-studied medieval texts. Given the amount of work even a single post must take, I doubt he'll be able to meet the once-per-week mark, but even once-per-month would be an outstanding contribution.
His first entry is a neat little poem about the loss of Christian learning in England. I note that it is untitled, probably suggesting that no one has ever entitled it before. Larry, since you have now published it online, along with your own translation, I think that gives you the right to entitle it!
You guys would have gotten it, though, right? Here are a few other things you'll likely get:
- Lots of medievalists are talking about the 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, so I'm guessing we'll be well-represented there.
- The Heroic Age has a CfP for the 5th annual Australian Early Medieval Association Conference.
- Heroic Dreams has posts on DIY mead and catapults. Warning: Do no operate catapults under the influence of mead. In legal terms, this is known as a CUI, or "Catapulting Under the Influence."
- News for Medievalists has several new posts.
- Jeff Sypeck reviews Lloyd Alexander's The Rope Trick.
- Julie K. Rose has a post on primroses.
- Scribal Terror has a nice little post on jousting, that also contains video from a tournament in Slovakia in 2007. I'll join in the fun by embedding a different tournament video below.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Among the various tracks I have going is the resurrection of the old Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) organization on campus. Years ago Troy University was home to Falling Star, but that went defunct when all the students who formed it graduated. The plan is to bring it back to life under a different name. I've already been talking to the nearby Shire about the plan, and will get in contact with the Kingdom as soon as I get a better sense of direction.
My first little foray will be to invite folks in this area to come to the July Feast, July 11-13 in Cullman, Alabama. I'm planning to be there for the whole thing, though if you don't want to camp and just want to stay the day, July 12th is the only full day. If you're interested but don't want to be alone, don't worry -- I'll be there too, and I'm a newb as well.
What to expect? Well, Friday night is mostly people setting up their campsites. That's when I'll probably be arriving, because I also enjoy the camping aspect as well. Sunday morning, on the other hand, is mostly tear-down. If you are thinking you want to camp out just one night, I'd recommend Saturday-Sunday, because some of the fun runs until late into the night, so you'll probably want to just return to your tent to crash.
Saturday, then, will be when most of the fun stuff happens. There will be arts & crafts, sword fighting (both heavy weapons & rapiers), music, dance, and storytelling. Basically, think of a Renaissance Faire, but much cheaper, and everyone is in on the action. You can see images of and commentary on my first SCA event here.
So, what's it gonna cost you? Assuming you aren't an SCA member, it's $17 for adults, $10 for children (though it's cheaper if you only come for Saturday -- $14 and $8.50 , respectively). Food is included in that price, though lunch on Saturday is a fundraiser. By any measure, that's a dirt-cheap weekend.
If you plan to go, try to let me or Lady Georgianna (334-868-1513 or ladygeorgianna AT bellsouth DOT net) know at least a week in advance if possible. Everyone is suppose to be in garb (medieval-style clothing), and since most folks don't have that laying around, we'll have to arrange for some loaner-clothes for you so you won't feel out of place.
So, if you're interested, come join me. Pitch your tent next to mine, and explore all the fun we can have together. It's fun, it's cheap, it's nearby, and the food should be delicious!
Over the last couple of days, though, Tracksy has been giving me a "timed out" error, and now I see that it claims I only had 9 visitors yesterday. Now, the previous day when it said I only had 35, I suspected an error, but decided to assume traffic had just dropped of. NINE visitors, though? I generally only get traffic in the 90's on holiday weekends and such, so there's no way I'll believe only 9 visitors.
Am I the only one having trouble with Tracksy?
Monday, June 16, 2008
- Mmm ... Marginalia is of a stanza wrangler.
- The Person of the Week is Abbot Berhthun of Beverly, who, among other things, healed "the dumb boy with the scabby head." How terrible to go through history known as the dumb boy with the scabby head!
- The Weird Medieval Animal of the Week is the cerastes.
- Blog Forum 1 on the relevance of medieval stuff is up -- hooray! The first post is by Cybermedievalist, and is entitled, "Why I Care about Medieval History, and So Should You." I'm not participating in this at the moment because I wanted to give other people a chance (after all, I've been writing about this topic for three years), but I'm looking forward to reading these.
- The Naked Philologist has a post about a 14th-century execution.
- News for Medievalists has a post about a dig at Hungate and how Open University is using that to make training films. Medieval archeology is interesting and all, but I could never do it; with my bald head, all that outdoor work would give me skin cancer for sure.
- Fresh from the word-hoard of Julie K. Rose are twelfindus, devove, and ganch.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
- In a prescient understanding of medievalism, the Romans played Dungeons & Dragons. Well, not really, but check this out anyway.
- Julie K. Rose has a kind of mappa mundi ideogram I've never seen before.
- Early Medieval Art has a few new entries.
- The Medieval History Term of the Week is pavise.
- Scribal Terror reminds us that Friday the 13th is a bad day for Templars.
- Among the more bizarre offerings is "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise: Mattress Salesman and Customer." h/t The Ruminate.
- Jeff Sypeck explores some New Orleans medievalism, a shrine to St. Roche.
- The Naked Philologist has a post on the Tironean Note, 7 a post on Guðrun Osvifursdottir, 7 a post on St. Æðelþryð, 7 a bunch of her own ribald new icons for the saint. 7 now you know what the Tironean Note is, even if you didn't at the beginning of this post!
- Moyen Age has proof that monkeys ride unicorns.
- Medieval Material Culture Blog has a few new posts, including one about Prince Charles finally paying off an old debt. OK, it's an early modern debt, not really medieval. If he wanted to pay off a medieval debt, he'd buy me a medieval library to replace what Henry VIII destroyed in the dissolution of the monasteries.
- Stephanie Trigg writes about whether a garter is really a garter.
- Heroic Dreams has a post on the castle they're building for Medieval World. I called the folks there about a year ago to talk about their project; you can read my post here.
- The Heroic Age has a number of new posts, including CfPs for a Gender and Medieval Studies Conference and the Northeast MLA, as well as a post on the SCRIPTO ("Scholarly Codicological Research, Information & Paleographical Tools") program.
- Heavenfield has a story about John of Beverly's healing breath, and why you want to make sure you have a decent priest, lest you crack your skull and have an invalid baptism.
- Jonathan Jarrett asks where the evidence of medieval sex slaves is.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
'Warcraft' Sequel Lets Gamers Play A Character Playing 'Warcraft'
- I'm adding Random Dafydd, Julie K. Rose, and Lingwë - Musings of a Fish to my blogroll. It's weird, I thought I had Random Dafydd and JKR already subscribed and everything, but it turns out I didn't. Expect to see great things from these three in future Miscellanies.
- News for Medievalists had a big update with a dozen articles.
- Jonathan Jarrett has a post with lots of pretty pictures of medieval and semi-medieval things in Madrid.
- CyberMedievalist has a post about how Abelard and Heloise misunderstood each other. Other than exploring how their discussion of the Rule of St. Benedict was affected, it seems to me the argument only need be quite simple: Abelard & Heloise were married, ergo they misunderstood one another.
- Got Medieval has two manuscript posts, one on manicules as proto-emoticons, and one on the hunt of hares.
- Heavenfield has a post on Bede and the Plague.
- The Heroic Age has a couple of CfPs, job ads, and the like.
- Heroic Dreams offers a summer fantasy reading list for teens and young adults.
- Heroic Dreams also discussed the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, and Timothy Burke reveals that the digital tools Wizards of the Coast is promoting don't really exist ... at least not yet.
- Highly Eccentric has written some Gospel of Nichodemus fan fiction (!), and a review of all the hot guys in Disney's Prince Caspian. She says none of the dwarves are hot, but methinks the lady doth protest too much. Peter Dinklage is pretty cool, even if he spends half of that film under a ton of makeup.
- The Naked Philologist (Highly Eccentric's alter ego) has a post on Ælfric's editing of Passio Sancti Eadmundi.
- The Medieval Historical Fiction of the Week is War of the Gods.
- Early Medieval Art has a couple of posts on Bavarian art.
- Miglior Acque has a post on a couple of Boccaccio manuscripts.
- Also on the manuscript front, here's a static webpage with more manuscript links than you could shake a stick at -- you know, if you were the kind of person who went around shaking sticks at links.
- Steve Muhlberger has a post on 14th-Century robots. Medieval and robot content in the same post? Nearly a perfect 10 in geek rating!
- Jliedl calls for submissions to Carnivalesque, which is turning the big 4-0.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Chill. Out. Dude.
First of all, let's admit that though there were a lot of unfair or invalid accusations in Allen's article, there were some that had a grain of truth. There are a lot of half-baked papers at K'zoo, but Allen's interpretation of that fact (that K'zoo is for bottom-feeders) is backwards. In fact, so many people slap together such papers because they need funding to get to K'zoo because it is the BIG SHOW. That means you're going to find a bit of detritus around if you aren't careful to avoid it. If, like Allen, you go looking for it, you'll find the stink of it all over you.
Second, let's also admit that there are some serious faultlines between how historicist literary theorists think about history and the way certain historians think about history. Allen is firmly encamped on one side, so can it be any surprise that she lobs a few grenades at the other side? She doesn't develop those arguments, but she doesn't have to -- this was an article in a popular publication, and the arguments are (or should be) well-known to the scholars in the group.
Let's also admit that one could make a firm case that the proper study of medievalists is the medieval (not medievalism), and if so, folks like me who examine and promote medievalism are wasting our energies on something frivolous. I rather obviously disagree with that position, but I think the medieval need always be the center of medievalism, so I understand her point there. It might be wrong, but it is a point-of-view with a fine pedigree.
Frankly (and here's where some of you are going to become angry with me), I don't think our response to "Dark Age" was the online medieval community's finest hour. Far too many of our critiques of the article were actually ad hominem attacks on Allen -- and the public attacks were tame compared to some of the e-mails I got. Aside from my preference for a more civil academic discourse, what does that really prove? Even if Allen is a kitten-beating, slave-owning, plagiarizing, telemarketing, cattle-raping, book-burning, Prius-driving, Keith Olbermann-watching, crack-smoking, Jesus-hating, baby-shaking, illiterate, left-handed daughter of a Klansman and Stalin's transgendered clone, none of that necessarily invalidates her arguments. While many people took her to task regarding the accuracy of what she wrote, too many of us lost our tempers. You might argue that her article had an ad hominem flavor to it, but as I tell my children (and frequently have to remind myself), you can't control what other people do, but you can control your own behavior.
Aside from all of the above, I think we've missed what's really noteworthy about Allen's article -- It is good news for medievalists. The Weekly Standard, an extremely influential publication with a circulation of more than 60k (some sources put it at over 80k) saw fit to run an article about the state of current medieval scholarship. The piece was not a fluffy article, but was seriously bemoaning the scholarship.
In other words, we're important. Medieval studies matter. They matter enough that the editors thought their readers would care about the supposedly-poor state of medieval studies. The old cliche that there is no such thing as bad publicity comes to mind.
A weird thing has happened since I started writing the Wordhoard: I've become a sort of bush-league public figure. No, I'm no Stanley Fish, but perhaps I'm a Stanley Baby Guppy. One of the side effects of that "success" (if you can call it that) is that perfect strangers e-mail me all the time to tell me what they think of me. Often it's nice, but I get my share of hate mail too ... in fact, I got a couple of anonymous pieces today. At first, when I these sorts of messages, I used to get my stomach in knots. I was angry at how they had unfairly accused me, or how they had twisted my words, and would lay awake in bed at night fantasizing about meeting that person and laying waste to them with the perfect comeback.
Over time, though, I came to realize that even the negative e-mails are an odd sort of compliment. They are affirmations that what I write on here is read by people and taken seriously. As such, those that try to make a valid point (beyond "you suck") deserve the respect of being taken seriously even if the writer didn't mean to offer me any respect. When the person offers a return e-mail address, I try to respond politely and respectfully. As Proverbs 15:1 says, "A gentle answer turns away wrath," and I've found that to be the case. In a few cases, I've managed to turn angry rebukers into friends.
So, cheer up! People care about your scholarship! People think you are important! If you want to respond, do so by finding a public forum to present your work to interested people outside the scholarly community. The Wordhoard is one such place, but if you seek out opportunities and learn how to present your work in a way non-specialists can understand it, I think you'll find you're satisfying a real hunger to hear about what you are doing.
Plus, if you were one of the people criticized in the article, next time someone asks you why your research is important, you can simply look surprised and respond, "Haven't you read about my work in The Weekly Standard?"
Sunday, June 08, 2008
The single most important medieval technology for inventing the modern world was the printing press, and one of the things the printing press allowed for was Protestantism. Medieval Christianity is a manuscript culture religion, and as such, while Protestantism could be considered in theory, in practice lack of access to Scriptures meant that it was impossible. If you wanted access to Christian scriptures in the West, you had to do it through someone with access to a Bible and the ability to read it.
In spite of (Because of?) that dynamic, you don't have strictly unified proto-Catholic Church through the Middle Ages. The various religious orders wax and wane, as do movements like the Benedictine Reform, the conflict between competing Church heirarchies (such as Bede describes between the Irish and Roman Church), and monasteries move from being lay organizations to clerical organizations.
If there were any proto-Protestants, they were the Lollards, but though the term technically refers to a specific religious movement, it tends to be used by medieval people as a catch-all term for heretics, especially anti-clerical heretics. Though there are some scholars who see Protestantism as growing out of Lollardy, I think that notion is in the minority.*
The idea of being "Catholic" with a big C is one born of the anxiety of the modern era. We could say that the Roman Catholic Church solidifies in the modern era in part because of competition from Protestants. Lollards were never a real threat, but Protestants were. In some ways, the Catholic Church strongly centralizes power to oppose Protestants, but in other ways, it is to respond to some of the more legitimate complaints of reformers by instituting a sort of "quality control," much as the aptly-named Gregory the Great did in his day.
My objection, then, is that the term "Catholic" is really anachronistic in this setting. To offer a parallel, it would be like calling medieval clocks "medieval non-digital clocks." It's absurd to draw the distinction because there was no such thing as a digital clock in the Middle Ages. To say "medieval non-digital clocks" implies the existence of medieval digital clocks -- and short of some really fantastic find of an LCD calculator watch buried for centuries in a bog somewhere, I think we can say with some certainty that there was no such thing.
In the same way, the phrase "medieval Catholics" implies that there was such a thing as medieval Protestants -- but there wasn't.
As I complain about here, a lot of Protestants want to discount the medieval Church as being the flyover country of religious history, with the First Century on one coast, and the Reformation on the other coast. In this view, nothing of much importance happened, and what little was of importance was bad, such as Crusades and the Inquisition** and whatnot. A lot of Catholics also like that distinction, because it allows them to say the equivalent of "Ha! We were the Church back when you Lutherans were still living in caves!" -- a bit of an exaggeration, but in that spirit.
This is bad for the Church generally. With each side saying "We are the civilized ones, and you are the barbarians," each side can discount large patches of Church history. That tension and rivalry doesn't weaken the Church, though ... it strengthens it.*** Reading the Acts of the Apostles, it is pretty clear that the early Church was full of conflict. To avoid this conflict by disowning the other strikes me as a pretty un-Berean attitude. Paul and Barnabus fight over whether to take Timothy along with them, and they fight so sharply that they go their separate ways, but neither one says anything like "You aren't even of the faith any more and I'm going to ignore you" -- and a good thing too, since Paul changes his mind about Timothy later.
At the end of the day, the phrase "medieval Catholics" can serve as a way for Protestants to disown the medieval Church, or it can serve as a way for Catholics to exclude Protestants from the common medieval Christian heritage. It's a shame, really, since the medieval Church has much to teach us all.
*That being said, I think it is acceptable to use the phrase "medieval Catholics" if you mean to distinguish them from medieval Lollards.
**Just a reminder that the Spanish Inquisition was actually a modern event, not medieval.
***And here's where I get all the angry e-mails.
Friday, June 06, 2008
- Jonathan Jarrett has a long, detailed analysis of this study (the original article is now behind a premium content wall). It looks scary at first, but it's a fascinating read. End result: the study doesn't tell us much about medieval history that we couldn't figure out using Occam's Razor (and perhaps a little of Occam's Patented Shaving Cream) ... but it wasn't really intended for that purpose anyway.
- Henchminion reviews Mongol, and finds it "adequate."
- Stephanie Trigg gives a nice little introduction to the poem Wynnere and Wastoure, including her own edition of an extract.
- Larsdatter answers the question, "What is Hell," and includes a bit of a Middle English verse sermon.
- Early Medieval Art has a post on the Cuthbert Gospels.
- The Medieval Term of the Week is enciente.
- The Naked Philologist has a post on St. Æðelðryð, "who was with two men and nevertheless remained a virgin." Hey, that's not so miraculous -- I went to high school with plenty of girls who were with a lot more than two men and nevertheless remained "virgins" if you asked 'em.
- Matthew Gabriele is calling for submissions to "a blog forum about what medieval studies and/ or medievalism has to offer a wider public." Send him your ideas before June 13th.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
- Mmm ... Marginalia is about medieval butt-shooting.
- The Weird Medieval Animal of the Week is the whale.
- Moyen Age has "Les Aventures de Sir Reginald," a story told with toys. I just realized how much silliness is in today's miscellany.
- The Naked Philologist has a pair of posts on Gawain and Roland. The second post is the more-developed one.
- Jeff Sypeck at Quid Plura has a post on Alex Fajardo's Kid Beowulf, including a link to an interview with Lex that I couldn't get to open. Since I can't offer you that interview, here's a re-run of a previous post about Fajardo.
- Dr. Virago has a post on referring to medieval Christians as Catholics. An old pet peeve of mine, and one that my students do all the time.
- Scribal Terror tells us that mercury may have been used to treat certain medieval diseases. Maybe Henry IV should have tried the mercury cure. She also reminds us of good medieval hygiene.
- The Heroic Age has several new posts...
- ... as does Medieval Material Culture ...
- ... as does News for Medievalists ...
- ... as does Early Medieval Art.