Obscene and Offensive Early Medieval Nicknames

FAIR WARNING - there are some naughty words below. Nicknames are not an uncommon occurence in early medieval Europe, and can be given to all ranks and classes of peoples (although, notably, female nicknames are substantially less frequent). One of the remarkable features of early medieval nicknames is their shock factor. The frequency of names … Continue reading Obscene and Offensive Early Medieval Nicknames

‘Anglo-Saxon’ England – An Introduction

The 'Anglo-Saxons' inhabited what would become England following the fall of Rome, from c.410 up until the invasion of the Normans in 1066. Their lives covered some momentous social changes - the widescale (re?)adoption of Christianity, the emergence of an idea of 'England', invasion and occupation by the 'Vikings' and finally the introduction of feudalism. … Continue reading ‘Anglo-Saxon’ England – An Introduction

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Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

In my line of study, you end up coming across a broad range of very unpalatable opinions. The 'Anglo-Saxons' and 'Vikings' are tied up within a toxic popular imagination of Nationalism and White Supremacy, built partially on deliberate misinterpretation of history and mythology. Archaeology has been misused for political aims for centuries, and I have … Continue reading Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

Medieval Music Covers – Hildegard von Blingin’

We know remarkably little about medieval music and instruments, especially within an early medieval context. However, there seems to be a solution. Ever wanted to hear what Lady Gaga, Bonnie Tyler or Dolly Parton sounded like if they'd been Medieval musicians? That's what the Youtube channel Hildegard von Blingin' (great name by the way) sets … Continue reading Medieval Music Covers – Hildegard von Blingin’