• 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.

  • 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.

  • Medieval manuscripts,  Outreach

    Medieval Puzzle

    I was making one of my regular “search the web for digitized manuscripts” searches when I discovered this web-based interactive jig saw puzzle based on an image from a Parisian Book of Hours. Try it, it’s fun!

  • Celtic Studies Books,  Outreach

    Roman and Celtic Olfactory History

    I’m working on my diss, and I notice that one of my citations lacks the publication date. I borrowed the book from a friend, and returned it long ago, so I decide to use Amazon to check the data. In the process I discover that there are, I kid you not, scratch and sniff history texts for kids. Like Roman Aromas, of which the publisher says: Young readers will learn that smells have played a powerful role in our history with these often funny tours back in time When the Romans arrived in Britain they soon showed the rampaging Celts the way to perfumed perfection. Poor old Celts–with their oils,…