- The medieval word(s) of the day are parchment and vellum.
- October 14th is Norman Conquest day! To celebrate, I plan to shoot an Englishman in the eye.
- I was disappointed that this story about ritual pits discovered in Bulgaria wasn't about anything gruesome.
- The MLA is doing a survey for the 2nd edition of Approaches to Teaching Beowulf.
- Drout talks about his own participation in Clash of the Gods: The Lord of the Rings. Though he's a little bit grumpy about it, it seems to me that the errors were small, and mostly those of emphasis rather than fact. Considering that it could have been a more along the lines of Monster Hunters, etc., I was pleased with it.
- A Stitch in Time is working with gold thread. Beautiful!
- Steven Till writes about A Feast for Crows.
- Karma talks about "angel knights" in Chretien de Troyes.
- The Swain discusses whether or not Kalamazoo has grown looney. If the midterms that come in later today don't wipe me out mentally, I may weigh in.
- News for Medievalists has over a dozen new articles. Don't miss it.
- Here's Kunera, a website with thousands of medieval badges and ampullae. h/t Medieval Silkwork.
- Muhlberger points us to a new translation of the Menagier of Paris, and discusses the prowess of the small of stature.
- Medieval Material Culture Blog has about a dozen new exhibits.
- Magistra et Mater discusses Louis the Pious.
- The Lost Fort has images of medieval Brunswick.
- The folks at In the Middle take offense to Chivas Regal's "Live with Chivalry" ads.
- I want to have a book launch with swordfighting too!
- The Dark Ages Recreation Company tells us how to sign up.
- If you ever want to assault a castle, all you need is a bowling ball and a bicycle wheel.
- The Heroic Age has over a dozen new posts.
- Got Medieval has your October Saints Calendar.
- Dame Eleanor Hull talks about visual memory and manuscript pages. Back in the day when I worked more regularly with manuscripts, I was deeply impressed (and envious) of scholars who could recall with accuracy the most minute details of a leaf. As for me, the other day I forgot the shelfmark of one of the two manuscripts I wrote my dissertation about!
- Archaeology in Europe has a few new medieval items.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Morning Medieval Miscellany
Let's see how much I can get done before the supplicants come regarding their midterms: