It’s just like the Swiss to put tons of medieval manuscripts up online gratis. This is a scene from Gaston Febus’ “Livre de la chasse” in Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 169. Ole’ Phoebus was quite simply too legit to quit. Read Foissart. One does not toy with the Count of Foix. Anyhow. E-Codices project=Awesome. Other countries should copy like it’s hot.
Just thought some of you might be interested in this. This one of my professor’s blogs. He teaches medieval lit here at UVA, but blogs about intersections of literature, academics, and culture. More long form essays than little tumblr blurbs. Lots of thought provoking election year stuff at the moment. Y’all should check it out.
Here is the ‘follow on Tumblr’ link
Two of the best covers ever. Modernists just don’t get stuff this good. More reasons to stick with pre-1800 stuff and avoid all that Post-Interesting stuff. (Taken with Instagram)
I love working with such cool people. The best thing about being a medievalist is getting to roll- getting medieval- with other medievalists. We make virtue of necessity and transgress all disciplinary bounds and generally have a lot of fun together and occasionally someone (never me) comes up with something brilliant. One of my biggest goals in the great grad school hunt was finding a place with a vibrant medieval community and UVA has one for sure. Life’s crazy thus the paucity of posts, but the people are good.
Why yes, that IS Simon de Montfort, John of Gaunt, and Robert de Vere. Just bumbling through Circa and happened upon three of my favs from English history and they followed me home. Imagine that! Cheeky bastards. (Taken with Instagram)
Free beer alert- The Hospital of St. Cross in Winchester has been dispensing The Wayfarer’s Dole gratis since 1136. I love my work, it takes me to such interesting places, on Wednesday I spent the day in Winchester. Ostensibly I was there to analyze a manuscript at Winchester College- which I did do- but I made sure I got up early enough to have time to nose around before my appointment at the Archives.
Gonna toot a friend’s horn. A very good friend is helping curate this. If you are in London this summer, check it out. Info here. I will certainly be going.
For the Medievalists that follow this, check these guys out. Run by very good people, whom I met at the Zoo, it is a great place to stay hip with the field. OK, we are never ‘hip,’ but you get what I mean.
Kalamazoo, MI, that is for the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Yes, it exists: it is both possible and awesome, therefore it ‘obtizzles’ (recondite epistemology/metaphysics joke for those who care). Gonna get medieval with Oxford friends, future UVA colleagues, and assorted others. Even gonna bash some Lollards.
Publisher’s proofs of my first real academic article w/my final corrections/revisions. Now, I did write this 2 years ago and while I stand with the broad lines, I think I would say things a bit more maturely now (or at least I hope so) but time and the bell have buried the day (dear God someone please get the allusion…SO MANY people quote him and have read so very little of him) and it is as it is and I am not unhappy with it. Please ask for permission before reblogging as this actually represents professional work for me. If you have a good reason I am liable to give permission. As a rule I don’t care if people reblog photos with out asking but this is kind of different to me. Anyhow, only like 3 people will find it interesting anyhow, not 3 people on tumblr, but more like 3 people world wide.
Jacob Burckhardt, The State as a Work of Art, Penguin Great Ideas #90, p. 43.
I LOVE the Italian Renaissance. Note Burckhardt’s nuance w/r/t the relative morality of murder in principle vs. being caught for murder. Oh yah, homeboy was a part of the ‘Holy League’ and lover of Lucrezia Borgia the illegitimate daughter (Q.E.D) of Rodrigo Borgia, AKA Pople Alexander VI, and sister of Ceasar Borgia
I love that I have friends who are re-creating the Canterbury Tales for charity. i.e. walking from Southwark to Canterbury while boozing and telling tall tales along the way. To raise money for literacy. You should give because:
1. Literacy is a good thing
2. It supports hilarious people doing something awesome for which the world will be a better place.
2. Strike none of your own followers , or if you do, send the injured man far away
3. Don’t ride a hard-mouthed horse, or one that drops his shoe"
Anonymous asked: You are the reason people have fantasies about librarians while spending inordinate amounts of time in the stacks.
If a person is stuck in the stacks fantasizing about librarians, I’m assuming it’s because they can’t find their book and need help real...
It takes an ocean not to break.
“Poetry must resemble prose, and both must accept the vocabulary of their time.”— William Butler Yeats on modern poetry in a rare 1936 BBC recording.