Ærend-gewrit: Wicu 7-13 February 2011 on Twittere

For your reading pleasure, another week-in-review from the Twitter feed.


To start off with, those who like Anglo-Saxon history and enjoy listening to podcasts might want be interested in a podcast series dedicated to the English Monarchs and another series looking at English history. Once you whet your appetite with the podcasts, check out an article on Essex from 700-1066. And learn more on ninth and tenth century Anglo-Saxon (and Frankish) society by way of a comparison of contemporaneous biographies on Alfred and Charlemagne.

For those interested in Anglo-Saxon artistry, Medievalists.net has recently posted articles on crucifix brooches and glassworking.

For those thinking of pursuing Anglo-Saxon studies, watch Medievalists.net’s interview with the organizers of the recent Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium held at the University of Toronto.


A huge resource for lovers of the Old Norse language and literature is the Dictionary of Old Norse Prose compiled and made available by Københavns Universitet. I personally will be consulting that source often.

And naturally this week there were some more articles on Norse mythology and the modern practise, such as “reading and living” the runestones. Also the latest part of an ongoing interview series with a pagan priestess was posted on The Norse Mythology Blog (which you can access through the preceding link). 


Unfortunately, it’s too late to celebrate the feastday (February 11) of St. Gobnet, a female Irish saint whose tale possibly incorporates some practices of worship of the ancient Celtic smith-god Gobniu.  But as today is Saint Valentine’s Day, there couldn’t be a better time to learn about marriage in medieval Ireland. Speaking of medieval Ireland, there is a new i-phone app which shows users medieval Dublin. With all this talk, it seems fitting to also mention a new prize for articles published on Irish medieval studies.

While the modern inhabitants of Wales today generally have no doubts as their Welshness, there was the question of Welsh identity in the eleventh century. And two of the key ingredients in the sense of identity is one’s native language and artistry unique to one’s society. The ancient Celtic artistry is quite astounding, naturally. 

As regards the modern insular Celtic languages, however, things look bleak, according to some. It has recently been proposed that the Irish language to no longer be required as part of the school curriculum, a move being heralded by some as leading to the possible extinction of Irish language. Some believe that Welsh too is in dire straits, as the Welsh language is becoming symbolic rather than living. As for the “dead” Goidelic language, well the BBC has just made available a small collection of articles written in Manx on Manx topics.

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