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Old English Wæter-hord at Midsummer Water Day

Originally posted on Old English Wordhord:
Pictures from today’s Old English Wæter-hord at Somerset House, a Midsummer Water Day event. Old English magnetic poetry: fantwæter nicor lagufæðme lagu baptismal water…

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Borders without boundaries: a weekend with the Canadian Society of Medievalists

Last month I attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists, held this year at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario. This was my experience.

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

@OEWordhord: origin story

As with any hoard the contents of a wordhord are valuable, if not to everyone at least to the person doing the hoarding. These contents may be removed from the hoard under special circumstances when the hoard is ‘unlocked’.

March 30, 2014 · 6 Comments

The internet, our 21st century bestiary

In his Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson describes the Internet as ‘an everyday electronic bestiary’. As humans we are drawn to mysterious and beautiful creatures, part real and part fantasy, animals that terrify, charm and edify all at once.

March 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Super saints and holy heroes

Saints are the superheroes of the Middle Ages. They’ve got the looks, the powers, the fame…they are the cultural icons.

February 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

From fighting to friendship: the Largs Viking Festival

Every year a small town in western Scotland has a festival commemorating a battle that was never actually won. Despite the initial hostility between the Vikings and the Scots, the theme of the Largs Viking Festival is ‘from fighting to friendship’.

September 15, 2013 · 5 Comments