Ærend-gewrit: Wicu 14-20 February 2011 on Twittere

To begin with, for all those budding medievalists out there, Witan Publishing now offers epublishing service for medieval scholars. It sounds like a great opportunity to get your work out there, so hit them up for further info.

An article of general interest but not falling within any of the specific groupings below is on Medieval Political Assemblies c. 870-1141, which is definitely a good read for those interested in medieval political studies.

Now for the week-in-review from the Twitter feed.


Medievalists.net posted a couple Anglo-Saxon related articles this week, namely one on women’s rights in early England and another on the Mersea Charter of Edward the Confessor. There’s also a new podcast available to download from the History of England podcast series, episode 9: Unshakeable Pillar of the Western People.

In the past couple decades living history was become increasingly popular, and so too experimental archeology that tries to better understand the past by recreating certain historical aspects. Channel 4’s tv programme “Time Team” aired an episode on Sunday the 13th of February on searching for Saxons in West Langton. You can read the journal entry of one of the members and watch the episode online.

A couple new books have recently been published, albeit on old topics. One is a collection of scholarly essays on King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry and the other is a printing of The Ecclesiastical History of the English People.  


This week featured Vikings in all kinds of locales, including the Viking hoards around Stockholm, the Orkney Islands and Jarlshof in Shetland, as well as in what can be called “the Vikings’ Finest Failure: Vinland”. All the Viking travels of course makes one think of the raids in mainland Europe, which begs the question: how much material damage did the Vikings do?

For those more interested in Old Norse literature and manuscripts, an article worth reading is on the localisation of medieval Icelandic manuscripts.


The big archeological news in Ireland last week was about a medieval fish trap in danger of being destroyed by the elements. Read more on the original research project to get a greater understanding. Another place to increase your knowledge will be at the proposed medieval museum in Waterford. While we wait for that project to be complete, however, head on over to medievalists.net and read about the role of the high cross in early Christian Ireland from the 8th to 11th centuries and the Irish fool.

Moving across the water, there was a fascinating post recently on the term Dál Riata and the origin of the Gaelic speaking population in Scotland. And speaking of Scotland, a new publication was released on significant archeological treasures of Scotland found in the years 2009 and 2010.

Things are still looking rough for languages in both Scotland and Ireland. In Scotland, the official response reveals little government commitment to Scots language in literature, and of course there’s the ongoing battle against the language myth that Scots is dialect of English. Meanwhile in Ireland, there was a silent protest: students oppose Irish language proposal. But to cheer you up, have a gander at An Unedited Welsh Poem from Peniarth 49: Cywydd y Gal – happy readying!

And last but not least, for those who wish to pursue graduate studies, NYU offers an M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies and the University of Liverpool offers an MA in Manx Studies based on the Isle of Man.

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