• Celtic Studies Books,  SF and Fantasy

    Neal Stephenson and Beowulf

    Neal Stephenson, one of my favorite authors, was interviewed by Slashdot. Stephenson is best known for his SF, especially for Snowcrash and The Diamond Age. His recent work, including a mammoth trilogyThe Baroque Cycle, has brought him to the attention of people who might not ordinarily read SF. Stephenson has also written In the Beginning was the Command Line, a very readable treatise on the nature of computer interfaces. In the Slashdot interview, Stephenson draws a distinction between two types of modern writers and, in an extended analogy, compares them with Dante, who had wealthy aristocratic patrons, and to the Beowulf poet. Regarding the Beowulf poet Stephenson says: But I…

  • Celtic Art & Archaeology,  Language & Lingusitics

    Celtic, Roots, Trees and Cladistics

    Since I’ve been horribly derelict in posting about Joseph Eska’s article regarding Indo-European, Celtic languages, family trees and cladistics, I’m going to simply point to the very helpful post from Angelo Mercado of Sauvage Noble. Go read it.

  • Medieval manuscripts,  Resource

    Late Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on the Web

    I’m still working on the, you know thing, but I stumbled across the Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts – Books of Hours 1400-1530 guide from The Institute for the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts in Denmark, and wanted to point it out. And while I’m posting, I ought to mention this article which discusses the British Library’s recent purchases of three of the missing leaves from the Sforza Hours. While you’re at the British Library’s site, you should definitely visit their Illuminating the Renaissance site about Flemish manuscript painting.

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