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Gosh. How did no-one tell me of HistoryTeachers, the best channel on the whole of the YouTubes? Dozens of tubes, covering topics ranging from prehistoric anthropology through the classical and medieval worlds up to the modern period. The formula might be simple (take pop song, make historical, profit) but damn if this isn’t relevant to my interests.

Okay, so the formula means that a few of the more interesting tidbits get sliced away to cram things into three-to-five minutes. She mispronounces scop (hint: it’s like ‘ship’) in the Beowulf video. The Crusades falls into traps about the Children’s Crusade and old-fashioned claims that it was about land-grabbing economics. These are the sorts of things that annoy me.

On the other hand, they acknowledgin’ the tradin’ inherent to goin’ a-vikin’.

The project is a great way to break folks into history-learnin’, and that is the point. You can open up the discussions about historical nuances and the more obscure facts after you get bored high-schoolers with their facetwitters and tumbooks to actually pay attention. Which these do. They are so much damn FUN, guys. SO MUCH. I wound up singing along to Charlemagne the first time I listened to it.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Mrs. B, the star of the videos, is gorgeous.

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.

[H/T Heavenfield]

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