• Celtic Myth,  Games Fairies Play,  History

    Bridget Cleary: Fairy Intrusion in Nineteenth Century Ireland

    Are you a witch? Are you a fairy? Are you the wife Of Michael Cleary? —Children’s rhyme from Southern Tipperary, Ireland I promised in my first post on fairies as other to look at a fairy intrusion in nineteenth century Ireland, specifically, the fairy burning of Bridget Cleary. In March of 1895 Bridget Boland Cleary (Bríd Ní Chléirig) was a trained seamstress, with a good eye for fashion, who owned her own Singer sewing machine. She lived with her husband Michael Cleary and her father Patrick Boland in a small cottage in Ballyvadlea, Tipperary, Ireland. Michael, like his wife, was atypical in that he could read and write; he worked…

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  • Celtic Myth,  Games Fairies Play

    Medieval Fairies as Other

    MacAllister Stone has been posting a series about the roles of the other in spec fic. You can find Part I Magical Negroes, expendable queers, and other well-worn tropes here, Part II here, and Part III, or, The Magical Other here. Part IV is likely to appear some day in the future. I wanted to pick up on two observations MacAllister makes that particularly intrigued me because they deal with the role of fairies as the øther in medieval literature. It’s something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot. First, MacAllister Stone defines Other as a term to describe the phenomenon of the outsider, particularly in fiction, who represents some…

  • Personal


    I created the first version of my Web site, Celtic Studies Resources, on June 1st of 1997. I didn’t know any HTML, and the site was a few pages hosted at AOL. You can see what it used to look like, sort of, here. In 1999 Michael bought the digitalmedievalist.com domain for me, and I expanded the site quite a lot. Celtic Studies Resources is ten years old now, and this blog, started in January of 2002, is five.

  • Conferences,  Games Fairies Play

    “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Tolkien’s ‘game with rules’,

    I’ve posted my Kalamazoo paper “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Tolkien’s ‘game with rules’,” here, such as it is. There’s a handout, too! Technorati Tags:Gawain, Kalamazoo

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  • Games Fairies Play,  Medieval manuscripts

    Gawain and Gough

    In a 1990 seminar Derek Pearsall made a passing reference to the Gough Map, in a discussion of the journey Gawain makes across the realm of Logres, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Gough Map is the oldest surviving road map of Great Britain, dating from around 1360. It’s roughly oblong in shape, made of two pieces of vellem, and is half map and half sketch. Not much is known about its provenance; the map was given to the Bodleian library in 1809 by its owner, Richard Gough. The dating is based on the inks and materials used to make the map, and on the place names. 691.…

  • Personal

    Requiescat in pace

    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow, Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go, Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery. Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell; And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then? One short sleep past,…

  • 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.

  • Personal

    Status Report

    Yeah, I know, I’m not exactly burning up the web with blog posts. But I figure the five people who actually read this probably know I’m working on the diss . . . thing. It’s actually going really well. Of course the minute I think that I think “what if the committee hates it?” but anyway, that’s why you’ve not heard much. But in the meantime, go read Teresa Nielson Hayden’s suitably medieval AS Bon Bons.

  • History,  Personal

    I’m [less] Ashamed

    Washington, DC, Dec. 10 (UPI) — The inaugural committee for U.S. President George Bush is looking to raise more than $40 million — a record price tag for the event. Washington Times And then here’s what we’re spending on immediate quake and tsunami relief. WASHINGTON : Two days after being criticised for not doing enough to aid in the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort, US President George Bush has announced a major American contribution. US$35 million will be made available immediately, with more to follow in the days and months ahead. Channel News Asia If President Bush had any class, or any true decency, he would minimize the inauguration expenses…

  • Personal


    I know, y’all are heartbroken at the dearth of posts. Well, it’s like this: I’m making lots of progress, lots of slow but steady progress, on the diss . . . the thing that shall not be named. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the university does not now, nor has it ever, offered me financial support (and no, being a T.A. is not “financial support.” It’s a professional apprenticeship, for me, and cheap labor, for them.) So I’m working as a technical editor, and doing a variety of other kinds of writing-for-money, so I can pay my registration fees (which I must pay if I want…