• Resource

    Celtica in PDF

    Celtica, an excellent scholarly journal on Celtic Studies published by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies has, for several years, made the more recent volumes available on the web as downloadable and printable .pdf files. Currently the last three volumes are available here. I can’t say enough good things about this endeavor, and the value it offers both advanced scholars and students who may not be able to read Celtica at their libraries. You need a .pdf reader in order to view or print these files. Adobe’s reader is availabler for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Windows here at no charge. Buy me a Coffee! If you…

  • Language & Lingusitics,  Resource

    In Dúil Bélrai

    Dennis King has created “In Dúil Bélrai“, an antique term for a glossary. In this case, a new English – Old Irish glossary in the form of a searchable database, with over 5,000 Old and Middle Irish words, with a little Early Modern Irish mixed in. Dennis King writes to the Old Irish List “We’re still tinkering with it and adding new vocabulary, but we invite you all to give it a try.”

  • Celtic Art & Archaeology

    In Search of Ancient Ireland

    This three-part PBS series, filmed in Ireland, airs on three Wednesday nights, the 12, 19 and 26th of June. There’s a companion book, VHS tapes, and a web site. I’ve only seen the first episode, “Heroes,” to be followed in turn by “Saints” and “Warlords.” It’s been fun to see familiar faces of various Celticists, historians and archaeologists, all of whom were very much involved in making the films, and the site’s nicely done. I’m not sure I agree with all the conclusions, but it’s well worth watching.

  • Outreach

    Sent from MetaFilter?

    If you’re coming from MetaFilter, or more specifically, MetaTalk, my main site, Celtic Studies Resources, emphasizes Celtic medieval studies. But there are a number of more general links on things medieval there, in the Resources section. There are also some good meta sites on things medieval. Labryinth is one. Orb is another. I’m rather fond of Websites Medievalists Should Know. There are a few others listed in my bio.

  • Uncategorized

    Other Medieval Blogs

    Yes, that’s right, I’m not the only one. There’s Traveling Shoes from Dr. H. D. Miller, and Ideofact (though he claims he’s not a real medievalist, he thinks and writes like one), and the self-described “Cranky Professor, who, any crankiness aside, is well worth the reading.

  • Language & Lingusitics,  Resource

    Scots wha’ Hae

    Dave Winer points to a BBC story: “A new dictionary is being compiled which will put tens of thousands of Scots words dating back as far as 800 years on the Internet.” Sponsored by the University of Dundee, the project will created a web site for the online dictionary that will contain illustrative quotations for each word, necessitating at text archive. The acronym for the text archive (all such dictionaries must have acronyms!) will be (SCOTS)—the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech. The resulting dictionary is a Scots version of things like the Oxford English Dictionary, the OED, or Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, GPC, the Dictionary of the Welsh Language. These…

  • Calendar,  Medieval manuscripts

    June

    Most calendars in Books of Hours show either sheep shearing or haying for the labor of June. Some June pages instead depict the crab for Cancer and a scene from scripture. The June image from the Buchanan e. 3 ms. from the Bodleian, is a Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French; France, Rouen; c. 1500 for June is a typical June image.     There’s a man with a scythe on the top left, with the symbol for Cancer (though here the crab is more like a crayfish) on the bottom left. In the middle is the actual calendar, with the dates of various Saint’s days and other…