Category Archives: Anglo-Saxon/Old English

A Wooden Basilica in Montreal

I went to Montreal last week, and had a chance to visit the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal, a stunningly beautiful example of Neo-Gothic architecture: Now, while Neo-Gothic is really a 19th century interpretation of gothic style rather than an … Continue reading

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Pet Peeve

The hardest, and weirdest, part about studying medieval medicine is looking up the modern uses of plants, and not being sure where they’re getting their information. I remember one historian – M. L. Cameron, I think – complaining about tracing … Continue reading

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The Staffordshire Hoard: FAQ

(click images for more info) Since the summer of 2009, the Anglo-Saxonist community has been abuzz over what its keepers are calling “the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard ever found,” the so-called Staffordshire hoard. Comprised of over 3,500 items of gold, … Continue reading

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On Display: Lindisfarne Gospels Carpet Page

Probably one of the most appealing aspects of the Middle Ages is its aesthetic. We all love castles, horses, armour, celtic knots, the list goes on. So, in this series we’ll be posting images of artwork and material culture. I’ll … Continue reading

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Medicine and Speech Acts, England and Africa

Two days ago the New York Times featured an Op-Ed arguing that the solution to African infant malnutrition and mortality is a greater emphasis on breast-feeding. The article’s questionable logic aside, it mentioned in passing that: One mother near the … Continue reading

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The Truth About Celtic Runes

I saw a facebook ap recently called “Celtic Runes”. A friendly note from a frustrated medievalist: I know runes are all mysterious and such (a PSA for another day), and so are the Celts (ditto), but there is no such … Continue reading

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