Medieval news

Posted: December 18, 2013 in medieval history, military history, war

So, I was finishing up a fairly provocative post on military revolutions (so-called!), but WordPress on my iPad isn’t refreshing properly, so that’s not going to happen this morning. Things have been crazy these last couple days with finals coming up, but despite all that the dissertation is actually coming along very nicely. Two things are happening, both interesting from my point of view: one, I’m getting really excited at the prospect of defending in the spring, and two, I’m actually liking my project more, not less, as it comes to its end. So, huzzah for winter break!

In the mean time, here are a few medieval and military links that are worth looking at. Some you may have seen, others you might not have seen.

Medieval wall paintings uncovered in England….well, Wales actually. It IS an important distinction. But who doesn’t like a good St. George painting?

Marc Morris, whose work I admire very much, has a post today about the Lady Edith, Edward the Confessor’s widow, who passed away this day in 1075. As Morris remarks, if they had had children, there probably wouldn’t have been a Norman conquest.

Jail-break, Lancelot style. Oh, and if you don’t know about the Twitter or Tumblr feed of “Sexy Codicology,” you should.

There’s a great exhibit of WW2 propaganda going on at the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, till mid-February.

And to cap it off, my friend Maj. Bill Nance (now Dr. Bill–congrats!!) drew my attention to this utterly awesome Christmas poem redux: Santa Clausewitz.

Ok, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for some military revolution next…

  1. The oldest and most celebrated of the chansons de geste is The Song of Roland (earliest version composed c. 1098), seen by some as the national epic of France (comparable with Beowulf in England, the Song of the Nibelungs in Germany and the Lay of el Cid in Spain). It is perhaps no coincidence that the Song of Roland was first written down at a date very close to that of Pope Urban’s call (1095) for the First Crusade ; its plot may be seen as a glorification of the crusader ethos.

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