• Celtic Art & Archaeology,  Outreach

    Iron Men, Natural History Magazine, and Simon James

    Via the customary cursory glace at my referrals, I noticed that a new article on the Natural History magazine Web site links to me via the following: At Lisa L. Spangenberg’s Digital Medievalist site you can find a good list of Celtic Web Resources (scroll down). At one of them, Simon James’s Ancient Celts Page, the author, who is an archaeologist at the University of Leicester in England, presents alternative views on this culture. After presenting the conventional wisdom, he gives an alternate history of “Celticness,” which examines the justification for unifying so many tribes under one banner—with particular attention to the British Isles. I very much respect the work…

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  • Outreach

    I get Email

    My site is pretty much all about things Celtic. It’s free. There are links to Amazon and other book sellers, but I don’t personally sell anything. But I still get weird scam/phishing spam. Like this one: Hello Sales, Am Daniel wool am interested in purchasing some of your products, I will like to know if you can ship to NewZealand, I also want you to know my mode of payment for this order is via Credit Card. Get back to me if you can ship to that destination and also if you accept the payment type I indicated. Kindly return this email with your Website Or Attached the wholesale price…

  • Outreach

    Medieval Summer Camp

    “I want you to paint your catapult! I want you to name your catapult! I want you to love your catapult!” instructed John Wineburg, director of the Medieval Survivor Tournament at Adventureland Day Camp.

  • Celtic Art & Archaeology,  History,  Outreach,  Personal

    It’s a Carnival

    My body in the bog post, The Girl of Uchter Moor, got linked at the History Carnival XI, under the category “Fun and Phantasmagoria. Cool — I’m ashamed to admit that this is my first exposure to a blog carnival; I think it’s a very clever idea, and while it’s a lot of work, it looks like fun as well.

  • History,  Language & Lingusitics,  Outreach

    Philological Public Service Announcement

    Beowulf is in Old English. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is in Middle English. Every fall, and then again every spring, as various colleges and universities begin their semesters, I see a dramatic increase in the number of people visiting my site after using search phrases like: canterbury tales in old english general prologue old english chaucer old english chaucer angled saxon chaucer anglo-saxon Old English requires some special effort to read and understand; it really is a different language. Middle English is much closer to our own Modern English, albeit with funny spelling. You can get a good idea of how different Old and Middle English are by looking at the…

  • Outreach

    Just a little Help: Tsunami Relief

    As best I can determine, any money you donate will go entirely to quake/tsunami relief. If you’d rather, you can donate to the Red Cross/Red Crescent via Amazon with a single click. The British Red Cross page, with a direct donation link is here. Oxfam UK is here. CNN has a list of sites from agencies accepting donations here. If you’re thinking of buying something from Amazon, do it via Crooked Timber; they’re donating all their Amazon commissions to relief. American Red Cross International Response Fund AmeriCares South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund Direct Relief International International Assistance Fund Médecins Sans Frontières International Tsunami Emergency Appeal Oxfam Asian Earthquake & Tsunami…

  • Language & Lingusitics,  Outreach

    More on the Yogh

    You’d be amazed at how hard it is to find information about the yogh. First, I’ve managed to learn that Unicode 4.0 Latin Extended B does indeed have both an upper and a lower case yogh, a yogh is that not an ezh. Take a look, if your browser supports Unicode 4.0 characters: an uppercase yogh Ȝ or U+021C and a lower case yogh ȝ or U+021D. And there are even Mac OS X fonts that support yogh as part of the Unicode character set (I particularly like Junicode). That’s the good news. The problem is that the only word processor (versus text editor) for Mac OS X that supports…

  • Outreach

    I want my Yogh

    There is a glyph in Middle English called the yogh.You can see a manuscript version of a yogh here. The yogh was used almost exclusively for Middle English in England, but it lingered through the eighteenth century in Scotland. The yogh, along with the thorn, another of the four special medieval English characters, is used in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Orfeo, two core texts for my dissertation. Unfortunately, there is no yogh in Unicode. There should be; the other Medieval English characters are represented in Unicode. I’m not sure why there isn’t yogh, but there’s a very good discussion of why there should be a yogh…

  • Celtic Studies Books,  Outreach

    Medieval Comic Construction Kit

    Metafilter brings us this Flash 6 driven “Historic Tale Construction Kit” which allows you to assemble comic style frame-by-frame stories with text and images, add them to a gallery to email them to friends. The images are taken from the Bayeux Tapestry, itself constructed to celebrate the victories of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

  • 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.