Medieval Battle as Memorial: Thoughts on War, LOTR, and Camille’s “Mirror in Parchment”

Posted: May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ok, so, not having had the time to write a good blog post recently, I’ve stooped to reblogging my own material. Low, I know. But I rather like this post, and as it has a lot of ideas I want to play with in the near future, why NOT reblog… Happy reading.

The Winds of War

June 16; definitely time for a post. Since Kalamazoo, things have been pretty crazy. Commencement, a wedding, spring cleaning, dissertation, to name a few. At the end of the day, I just haven’t had the drive or attention span do much of anything with the blogs, either of them.  But, after what has been an especially intense week, I’ve finally got some breathing space, and hope to get back to posting more regularly.  There WILL be a K’zoo write-up, for sure.

The title of this post reflects a question about which I’ve long speculated: why battles (as opposed to wars and warfare generally) have dominated historical memory to the extent they have. Partly, I suppose, it’s a reflection of a patriarchal society, as ancient, medieval, early modern and many modern battles have been fought primarily by men, and the women who participated in them rarely had the opportunity to make…

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