Tag Archives: anglo-saxon

Æthelstan, Alfred or Bob: royal baby names that Willz n Kate should totes consider

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist  –  it seems that baby banter has royally exploded all over my facebook wall today, and even in rainy Reykjavík I can’t escape the hype seizing the thousands of Brits desperately clasping their union jack … Continue reading

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Who Are Mitt Romney’s Anglo-Saxons?

This week, the internet is full of macros like this, thanks to Romney’s aide’s comment that Obama ‘doesn’t understand Anglo-Saxon heritage.’ I think Mr. Sutton Hoo Helmet on the right is rather more handsome, don’t you? Romney’s general idiocy aside, … Continue reading

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The Beowulf Debate Response: Reassessing Beowulf’s Humanity

In a previous post in this series, Ryan presented a view of Beowulf as profoundly human hero, situated in a world shifting from a pagan to a christian paradigm. This is my response. I completely agree with Ryan’s characterization of … Continue reading

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Access

One of the major problems I am working through in my thesis is access: to information, services, and expertise. In a previous post, I mentioned the fact that in the 12th and 13th centuries, access to physicians was actually pretty … 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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