Thursday, May 15, 2008

Morning Medieval Miscellany

Now, with all that Kalamazoo stuff out of the way, here's some other medieval stuff you might have missed.
  • Jonathan Jarrett reviews a book on Vikings with a long French title that I'm too lazy to type in here, and discusses a seminar entitled "Kings, Lords, Charters and the Political Culture of Twelfth-Century Wales."
  • They've found a buried medieval ship in Barcelona. It's right next to the train station, so I suppose if the trains don't run on time, you can always go by sea. h/t Cronaca.
  • Got Medieval has manuscript images of the dance of Salome. You should head over there, as this is one of the few opportunities you'll have to view work-safe nudity on your company computer.
  • The Weird Medieval Animal this week is the echeneis.
  • Today in Medieval History is about a building, rather than a person: The Lincoln Cathedral. By the way, I recently learned that a non-medieval friend of mine has developed a secret crush on Jennifer Lynn Jordan from watching her on TiMH. He seemed a little disappointed that I didn't get to meet her at Kalamazoo (as she wasn't there, I think). If we're both there next year, I must get a picture of me dancing with her, just to torture him.
  • Over at Heroic Dreams, Will Kalif has a homemade paper RPG called "Storm the Castle" that's available for free (!) download, along with a YouTube video explaining how to play. I haven't looked at it yet, but I might try it out this weekend.
  • There's a new medieval monsters blog, Mearcstapa. For those who don't know, "mearcstapa" is a title given for Grendel in Beowulf (line 103). "Mearc" means something like "mark" or "boundary," and "stapa" means something roughly like "stepper," so this is one of those challenging but fun words to translate where a good translater shows his ability. Some translations: Mitchell & Robinson "prowler on the outskirts," Ringler "a demon who prowled the dark borderlands," Raffel "who haunted the moors," Tuso "rover of the borders," Anderson "wrathful rover of borders and moors," Liuzza "mighty stalker of the marches," and Heaney "haunting the marshes." h/t In the Middle.
  • Medieval Material Culture has a bunch of new posts...
  • ... and so does News for Medievalists. Also, through NfM, I came across the newish blog, CyberMedievalist.
With Mearcstapa and Cybermedievalist joining us, don't forget to adjust your blogrolls/RSS feeds accordingly!

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't there this year- I had to stay home and work at NYU's commencement ceremonies. Bah! I will definitely be there next year, though, and will help you make anyone jealous that you need to!

    A secret internet crush! How exciting!