The British Library is making an effort to buy the earliest extant European book: see British Library launches bid to save St Cuthbert Gospel at the BBC website. Otherwise, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

I wish the little video showed the manuscript text more, but it's not even a minute and a half; do take a look.
The British Library is making an effort to buy the earliest extant European book: see British Library launches bid to save St Cuthbert Gospel at the BBC website. Otherwise, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

I wish the little video showed the manuscript text more, but it's not even a minute and a half; do take a look.
From BBC News: "Medieval mural of King Henry VIII uncovered in Somerset". The snarky voice in my head keeps saying, "How amazingly prescient! Some medieval painter managed to make a mural of an early modern king before the early modern era started!" Medievalists sometimes argue with our early modernist colleagues about when medieval ends and early modern begins, but no one puts Henry VIII in the Middle Ages—except, apparently, BBC News. The story is quite interesting, and the video fun to watch, if you ignore the huge blooper in the headline and once in the body of the item.

Meanwhile, the Chaucer blogger is at it again with "Fab-Lib: The Gentil Compaignye of Three". Read the whole thing. Really. You'll thank me later.

And from [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi: Beowulf sock pattern, for when you really want to get wrapped up in Old English.
From BBC News: "Medieval mural of King Henry VIII uncovered in Somerset". The snarky voice in my head keeps saying, "How amazingly prescient! Some medieval painter managed to make a mural of an early modern king before the early modern era started!" Medievalists sometimes argue with our early modernist colleagues about when medieval ends and early modern begins, but no one puts Henry VIII in the Middle Ages—except, apparently, BBC News. The story is quite interesting, and the video fun to watch, if you ignore the huge blooper in the headline and once in the body of the item.

Meanwhile, the Chaucer blogger is at it again with "Fab-Lib: The Gentil Compaignye of Three". Read the whole thing. Really. You'll thank me later.

And from [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi: Beowulf sock pattern, for when you really want to get wrapped up in Old English.
The British Library has been digitizing manuscripts for a while now--lots of Greek, a few medieval, a few post-medieval. They have now digitized the glorious Lindisfarne Gospels and the Old English Hexateuch.

It would be nice if you could just click links from their little article to the two specific manuscripts, but of course I can't seem to do anything that sensible. You can follow their link to the search page, though, and then enter "Lindisfarne" as the Keyword to see the one, and Hexateuch to see the other. They are amazing.
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The British Library has been digitizing manuscripts for a while now--lots of Greek, a few medieval, a few post-medieval. They have now digitized the glorious Lindisfarne Gospels and the Old English Hexateuch.

It would be nice if you could just click links from their little article to the two specific manuscripts, but of course I can't seem to do anything that sensible. You can follow their link to the search page, though, and then enter "Lindisfarne" as the Keyword to see the one, and Hexateuch to see the other. They are amazing.
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( Oct. 19th, 2010 08:20 pm)
This article is called "A Viking Mystery", by David Keys for The Smithsonian, but—SPOILER ALERT!—some of us had heard about this before. (I thought I'd posted on it, but I can only find links to a different Viking burial.)

You have to persevere through all the pages to get all the information, but they think this grave comes from the St. Brice's Day massacre. With other recent findings, it seems to confirm that young men of fighting age were particularly targeted. It doesn't really make the massacre better (massacres don't get "better"), but it tells us more about something we've been wanting to know. It's a good article and worth reading. (I wish they'd put it all on one page.)
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aelfgyfu_mead: (helmet)
( Oct. 19th, 2010 08:20 pm)
This article is called "A Viking Mystery", by David Keys for The Smithsonian, but—SPOILER ALERT!—some of us had heard about this before. (I thought I'd posted on it, but I can only find links to a different Viking burial.)

You have to persevere through all the pages to get all the information, but they think this grave comes from the St. Brice's Day massacre. With other recent findings, it seems to confirm that young men of fighting age were particularly targeted. It doesn't really make the massacre better (massacres don't get "better"), but it tells us more about something we've been wanting to know. It's a good article and worth reading. (I wish they'd put it all on one page.)
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi for a fascinating article on "Mapping Ancient Germania"! The title of the first part is a little misleading; it wasn't a matter of cracking a deliberate code but of correcting for a series of errors. Note too that despite the caption, the first photo can't be "A 2nd-century map"; the article mentions a thirteenth-century copy, and perhaps that is it. That's not a picture of a second-century manuscript.

Yes, I'm nitpicky. It's still really exciting! As the second part of the article suggests, this research may help archaeologists have a better sense of where to focus their efforts.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi for a fascinating article on "Mapping Ancient Germania"! The title of the first part is a little misleading; it wasn't a matter of cracking a deliberate code but of correcting for a series of errors. Note too that despite the caption, the first photo can't be "A 2nd-century map"; the article mentions a thirteenth-century copy, and perhaps that is it. That's not a picture of a second-century manuscript.

Yes, I'm nitpicky. It's still really exciting! As the second part of the article suggests, this research may help archaeologists have a better sense of where to focus their efforts.
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The University of South Carolina now has a complete medieval English Bible, circa 1240, about 7" by 5.5". That's the only complete English Bible in the American South. sigh It's a bit of a drive from Florida.

The second half of the little video clip in the article shows the Bible itself.
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The University of South Carolina now has a complete medieval English Bible, circa 1240, about 7" by 5.5". That's the only complete English Bible in the American South. sigh It's a bit of a drive from Florida.

The second half of the little video clip in the article shows the Bible itself.
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This news is at least ten days old now, but here it is anyway: "Long-Sought Viking Settlement Found" from Science Now. I'm surprised it was such a fight to get funding—but maybe I shouldn't be.

Still, exciting!
This news is at least ten days old now, but here it is anyway: "Long-Sought Viking Settlement Found" from Science Now. I'm surprised it was such a fight to get funding—but maybe I shouldn't be.

Still, exciting!
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Psych)
( Jul. 31st, 2010 04:30 pm)
Hoo boy! Summer has given me more time for tv, including a new obsession (for which I totally blame LJ friends, and I would blame you by name if I remembered properly). I hope you will read the parts for any shows you watch, and discuss, even if you haven't seen some of these eps in a while! Just skip the ones that don't interest you. Don't let the size of the post deter you. Talk to me about tv! That's kind of why I'm here on LJ!

I miss Chuck; we're waiting for last season on DVD!

In no particular order, with spoilers through the episodes indicated:

Greatest American Hero into early s2 )



The Sarah Jane Adventures, through 2.8, but with general comments and not reviews of each episode )

Can anyone tell me how much SJA has shown in the UK? I'm so far out of it I don't know if they've completed s3, or started s4, or anything.



Psych through this week's 'Not Even Close . . . Encounters' )



Doctor Who, the whole first season of Matt Smith )



And now the moment you've all been waiting for! (What? You weren't? Huh.) Y'all have hooked me on White Collar. I know it was more than one of you, but I don't entirely remember whom to blame. Please, take responsibility in the comments (and let me talk about the show with you!).

The one person I know I can credit is [livejournal.com profile] stasha2g; I liked some of her recs in other fandoms so much that I actually read White Collar fic before I saw the show, which sounds kind of crazy, but the last straw was her rec for "I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal (and I Just Don't Get Any Respect)" by fiercelydreamed. I read that story for Leverage though it's a crossover with WC and made Brilliant Husband read it, even though that's not exactly the way I see Leverage. Then I had to watch the show because the story made me helpless with laughter, and I wanted to get more of Peter, Neal, and Elizabeth. If you want another gem, by the way, read "Four Cups of Tea (and a waffle iron)" by LithiumDoll.
White Collar: we've seen 1.1–1.3 and 2.1–2.2 )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Psych)
( Jul. 31st, 2010 04:30 pm)
Hoo boy! Summer has given me more time for tv, including a new obsession (for which I totally blame LJ friends, and I would blame you by name if I remembered properly). I hope you will read the parts for any shows you watch, and discuss, even if you haven't seen some of these eps in a while! Just skip the ones that don't interest you. Don't let the size of the post deter you. Talk to me about tv! That's kind of why I'm here on LJ!

I miss Chuck; we're waiting for last season on DVD!

In no particular order, with spoilers through the episodes indicated:

Greatest American Hero into early s2 )



The Sarah Jane Adventures, through 2.8, but with general comments and not reviews of each episode )

Can anyone tell me how much SJA has shown in the UK? I'm so far out of it I don't know if they've completed s3, or started s4, or anything.



Psych through this week's 'Not Even Close . . . Encounters' )



Doctor Who, the whole first season of Matt Smith )



And now the moment you've all been waiting for! (What? You weren't? Huh.) Y'all have hooked me on White Collar. I know it was more than one of you, but I don't entirely remember whom to blame. Please, take responsibility in the comments (and let me talk about the show with you!).

The one person I know I can credit is [livejournal.com profile] stasha2g; I liked some of her recs in other fandoms so much that I actually read White Collar fic before I saw the show, which sounds kind of crazy, but the last straw was her rec for "I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal (and I Just Don't Get Any Respect)" by fiercelydreamed. I read that story for Leverage though it's a crossover with WC and made Brilliant Husband read it, even though that's not exactly the way I see Leverage. Then I had to watch the show because the story made me helpless with laughter, and I wanted to get more of Peter, Neal, and Elizabeth. If you want another gem, by the way, read "Four Cups of Tea (and a waffle iron)" by LithiumDoll.
White Collar: we've seen 1.1–1.3 and 2.1–2.2 )
I debated whether or not to give this item any more attention, but I just have to see what others think. From The New York Times: "Is Jousting the Next Extreme Sport?". (WARNING: I have not watched the video and so cannot deliver a proper warning; I don't need to see "Hard Hits." Second Warning: brief description of injury to sensitive portion of male anatomy in the article itself. [Third Warning: asking husbands what they think about such injuries may not go over well, if my sample size=1 experience is any indication.])

I enjoy Renaissance Festivals with all their anachronisms and their cheap junk (that my daughter wants) and the occasional good find. I enjoy historical recreations, in general, though I never got into SCA for a variety of reasons (money and time chief among them). So I'm curious about this European league that stresses accuracy in armor and tries to minimize injury.

The American league?
“I want to see another guy get paralyzed,” a boy in front of me squealed, waving a toy sword.
Now what parents wouldn't be proud of this kid?

I am well aware of the irony: I'm sure medieval audiences had a lot in common with audiences nowadays. I bet medieval knights had a lot in common with these extreme contemporary jousters. In downplaying the historical details, these violent people are in some ways giving a more historically accurate experience!

What do you think?
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I debated whether or not to give this item any more attention, but I just have to see what others think. From The New York Times: "Is Jousting the Next Extreme Sport?". (WARNING: I have not watched the video and so cannot deliver a proper warning; I don't need to see "Hard Hits." Second Warning: brief description of injury to sensitive portion of male anatomy in the article itself. [Third Warning: asking husbands what they think about such injuries may not go over well, if my sample size=1 experience is any indication.])

I enjoy Renaissance Festivals with all their anachronisms and their cheap junk (that my daughter wants) and the occasional good find. I enjoy historical recreations, in general, though I never got into SCA for a variety of reasons (money and time chief among them). So I'm curious about this European league that stresses accuracy in armor and tries to minimize injury.

The American league?
“I want to see another guy get paralyzed,” a boy in front of me squealed, waving a toy sword.
Now what parents wouldn't be proud of this kid?

I am well aware of the irony: I'm sure medieval audiences had a lot in common with audiences nowadays. I bet medieval knights had a lot in common with these extreme contemporary jousters. In downplaying the historical details, these violent people are in some ways giving a more historically accurate experience!

What do you think?
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