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Three months, or thereabouts, since last I wrote here. Even then, my last few weeks of posts were late, or incoherent, scrabbling desperately at the edges of reason for something interesting to say. I wish I could I say I were busy scribing at my thesis, or working on translations, or doing any of the myriad other things I have had to do. I wish I could.
From here on out we are Trying Again, during the last few weeks of my undergraduate career. Supervisor Doctor Dan issued the nearest thing he has to an ultimatem, declaring that I would write something each day, no matter how sad or pathetic I felt it was. No matter if I felt I wasn’t ready to commit yet- that the point of a thesis is the process, and that was how these things worked. I am… less than optimistic, but here we go!
Ergo, the Medievalism Rampart astride the heraldry of Sir Monday shall -henceforth- be rambling about either my thesis or whatever classwork projects I am engaged upon. It is to be open that by transferring thoughts from my brain onto blog it will becoming easier to write something semi-coherent. This semi-coherent mass may then be thrust upon Doctor Dan, as my writer-brain huddles away, hiding his head in shame.
Something like that. ONWARD!
I am a bad blogger. It’s okay, I admit it. I have spent the last four days catching up Beowulf translation, have procrastinated horribly, and utterly failed to prepare a post for today. It is now one in the morning, and I have work early tomorrow as well as a full day of study and writing planned. Hopefully I will have a real medieval post -one I have had planned for a fortnight- by the end of the day.
I say hopefully, because I also want to show this research to my honours supervisor on Tuesday morning, so we may discuss it Wednesday. It would be rather nice.
In the meantime, enjoy this rather awful documentary about a savage group of barbarian mercenaries. Hungry for power, fiercely pagan, their culture thrives on treachery…
…they are called the SAXONS.
Scientia Pro Publica #27, hosted at Melliferax, features my somewhat disorganized post on the Medieval Climate Anomaly, “…and the sun was given the power to scorch people with fire.” Melliferax is a fascinating young blog mostly focused upon bees, one of the most fascinating of insects, and the keeping thereof. Which reminds me that at some point I should translate the Anglo-Saxon bee charm for the sheer pleasure of it.
Carnivalesque #61 (ancient/medieval), hosted at Even in a Little Thing, features my brilliant idea to fuse the Western genre with Settlement-Era Iceland. Not to be excessively modest, or anything. It was also the host’s birthday a few days ago, so go be nice to the man.
These carnivals link to a number of other fascinating posts. Those of you interested in science or history (respectively) owe it to yourselves to check them out. Google Reader has swelled with the addition of several new blogs this evening.
[Incidentally, if people use carnivalia as a plural, does that make the singular carnivalium?]
Salve! This is a blog that is soon-to-be. Mostly we shall be discussing history and literature from the early middle ages, with elements of religious discussion thrown in for good measure. The author is an atheist and a scholar-in-training of early English medieval history. He is diligently scribing away in his cupboard.
There will be regular updates Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday, and occasionally smaller posts shall fill in the gaps. The regular posts shall follow a rough pattern something like:
Monday: Medieval Monday! On Mondays will be posts discussing medieval history and modern medievalisms. As work on my thesis progresses, I anticipate that much of this content will be focused on 7thC northern Britain.
Wednesday: Wednesdays shall be days of poetry and translation; mostly translations of poetry from dead languages. Rest assured that there will be no original poetry coming from the blog’s author, mostly because he cannot write any. Your relief is palpable.
Friday: Friday is the day where we get to speak about anything I find interesting. Mostly this will be about other histories, sciences and the like. Occasional short book reviews shall also fall on such days.
Sunday: The holiest day of the week, Atheism Sunday is when I shall be levelling charges against religion, discussing the nature of affirmative atheism, and the like. Much of this may well be personal, but I can roll with the punches.
“For I Have Tasted the Fruit” will have content beginning Monday the 29th of March, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Ten. That is very soon!