Before getting into the Twitter feed week-in-review, I want to first present a really great resource, and that is the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography. If you are interested in doing research into any period of British or Irish history, give that page a try.
Have modern film adaptations butchered the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf? Yes, according to one paper, especially in regard to drinking and debauchery. But that probably comes as no surprise to most people. Maybe if Anglo-Saxons were living today, they’d file suit against the film producers for the butchery. Read the new issue of Heroic Age to learn a bit about Anglo-Saxon laws, then imagine such a scenario.
Summer is fast approaching, and so too the summer tour of the Staffordshire Hoard. Make sure to book your place as the tour is a big hit. Before attending one of the events, learn a bit more about the Staffordshire Hoard gold, read a Q&A session with Kevin Leahy, one of the leading experts on the Hoard, and watch the original National Geographic show on the Staffordshire Hoard.
The Norse Mythology Blog has recently launched a fun and exciting addition, and that is NorseTube! It is the official YouTube channel for the blog, and it includes a fun selection of relevant videos. Of course, don’t forget that there is also Þæt Eald-Ænglisce Blog’s YouTube channel as well. If you have any videos you feel I should add to the collection, please leave a comment at the channel or in the comments for this post. I hope to add some more videos to the collection in the coming months.
Other exciting news, of a more ‘scholarly’ sort, let’s say, is the newly established Hjaltland Research Network which will conduct research into the Viking past of Shetland (and here’s another article, in case you can’t get enough).
Vikings, as we all know, were less than saints, and as such it isn’t shocking to hear about the Viking slave trade. And one person at a history forum recently suggested that Muslim silver supported the Viking raids raids throughout Europe. What do you think? Put in your two cents at the forum.
And lest I forget those who love Old Icelandic literature, here is the Viking Society for Northern Research’s Saga Book XXXIII which includes a paper on the Gylfaginning.
What could be a better segue into the Celts topic than a single paper on a Pictish burial and Norse settlement in Scotland? And Pictish stone-lovers rejoice, as there is a new lottery boost for Pictish stone and I have for you a webpage on Pictish Ogham inscriptions. If you are less interested in Celtic Scotland and more so in ‘Germanic’ Scotland (for lack of a better term), then perhaps you will prefer to read an interesting article on the dialects of the Scots language.
The Irish History Podcast blog published an absolutely fascinating post on the influence of paganism on Irish Christianity - I highly recommend giving it a read. For an additional look at the interworkings of paganism and Christianity in medieval Ireland, read a paper on the Battle of Clontarf which shows an interesting mishmash of historical fact and religious fiction.
Speaking of fact and fiction, I have two pieces of news in Wales which fit right in - one piece good, and the other potentially bad. To start with the bad, action is needed in order to save a hill farm in an area which is an important setting for the tale of the famous Welsh dragon. The good news, just to cheer you up a bit, is that Cardigan Castle has just received a substantial sum of money to aid in restoration work.
My Cornish readers - if I have any – will hopefully appreciate and enjoy a paper on medieval Cornish hedges. And for Cumbrians and anybody interested in Cumbria, a couple new posts were recently published on Eveling (faerie king or Celtic god?) and Owain map Urien.