Heavenfield Round-up 4: A Golden Hoard of Links

Cross of the Trumpington 'princess', c. 650-680

The news of the last week or so has certainly been the announcement of the discovery of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon “Trumpington Princess” and the blogs have been all over it. Here is a mini round-up of the coverage:

  • I think I may have been the first blog on the story (based on the earliest news reports) here :-)
  • Antiquarian’s Attic was also fast off the block with her story.
  • Nicola Griffith of Gemæcca has a post on Hild and the princess.
  • Past Horizons has a nice, complete post on the discovery.
  • Anthropologist Rosemary Joyce of Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives writes about nuns and princesses with a different focus on the finds at Trumpington.
  • Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie writes about Anglo-Saxon bed burials.

I also posted a presentation I did a couple years ago on St Æthelthryth and the Virgin Mary.

Tim Clarkson wrote about Govan and the kings of Strathcldye on his new blog Heart of the Kingdom. Tim writes about his visit to the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Dacre in Cumbria and its stonework on his blog Senchus.

Karen Jolly of Revealing Words explores the early medieval history of Workington in Cumbria.

Gold plaque, Bamburgh. Found summer 2011.

Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History and Folklore writes about Loki the Trickster and the Norse who brought him to  Cumbria.

Bamburgh Research Project updates us on the analysis of their gold fragment from last year’s excavation. The photo of Dr Whitfield with the fragment really puts its size in perspective.

I don’t usually cover pre-Roman Celtic society but there have been a couple interesting posts in the last few weeks. Past Horizons has a post on the virtual reconstruction of the Celtic village of the Remi in pre-Roman Gaul. Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie examines the diet and health of the Britons of Dorset during the late Iron Age and early Roman periods.

Moving on from Roman Britain, we have the Arthurian bloggers. Clas Merdin has an interesting post discussing the legends behind the standing stones named after the Sons of Arthur. Yes, its only in the post-Geoffrey world of Romance that Arthur is childless. Clas Merdin also has a second post teasing out the 40 tasks of Culhwch in the oldest Arthurian tale, How Culhwch won Olwen.

Mak Wilson of Badonicus continues his series exploring Arthurian lore with part IV on Arthur the Giant or Giant Slayer, part V on Arthur the Soldier, and part VI on the three types of Arthur in British lore – the giant, the superhero, and the soldier. Mak had an explosion of posts taking this series up to part 12! Just keep following the next post from the above links.

This time we have a little Beowulf to counterbalance Arthur. Michael Drout of Wormtalk and Slugspeak asks if Grendel can speak, how does he curse their weapons? I didn’t know there was a ‘current monster theory’… I learn something new all the time. In a second post, he muses some on the size and shape of the dragon in Beowulf.

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of the Tenth Century has returned to his blog with a review of the Treasures of Heaven exhibit at the British Museum, and on an unfortunately misnamed boundary tree, and a couple more seminars written up.

Guy Halsall of Historian on the Edge writes about the historical assumptions expressed in a 19th century painting of Late Antiquity.

Andy Gaunt of the Archaeology and History of Sherwood Forest writes about Queen Joan’s tenure as the keeper of Sherwood and about a case of trespass and pig rustling from Bestwood Park in 1440.

Carl Pyrdum of Got Medieval brings us Cake month to replace pi day.

Whew! and that’s it for this round-up.

Heavenfield Round-up 2: A Medieval Miscellany

St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral

Its been a little quiet in the medieval blogosphere lately. Good thing some bloggers are making up for the rest of us! Lets start off with a new blogger…

Dr Karen Jolly has begun a new blog called Revealing Words that looks like it will focus on the tenth century Northumbrian community of St Cuthbert and Anglo-Saxon material culture. Check it out, she has several posts up over the last week or so.

Bamburgh Research Project updates us on some of their finds in Bamburgh village.

Keeping with the tenth century, Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe writes about being a little upset with Michel Zimmermann’s omissions in his massive tome.

Curt Emanuel, the Medieval History Geek, updates us on his quest to conquer Late Antique Christianity.

Andy Gaunt of Archaeology and History of Sherwood Forest writes about the Archbishop of York in Sherwood Forest.

On Contagions, I wrote about efforts to map malaria in Anglo-Saxon England.

Guy Halsall of Historian on the Edge posted a huge list of translations of Late Antique sources that he will be using for his next book on the Worlds of Arthur.

Carl Pyrdum of Got Medieval has kept up his vow to post Thesis Thursdays and the latest looks at Geoffrey’s artistry in creating Arthur’s pedigree and his latest medieval marginalia.

Clas Merdin has a post on Carn Cabal, the burial site of Arthur’s dog.

Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History and Folklore has posts on a local Cumbrian god.

Heavenfield Round-up 1: Long Live the King (in the Blogosphere)

I tried for a while to do round-ups on my history of medicine blog that included medieval links, but I’m back to thinking that they need to be separate. Putting King Arthur and Norwalk Virus in the same round-up just seems wrong. Not all of my readers have as diverse taste in blogs as I do!

Thinking of good ole Arthur, he has been in the blogs for the last several weeks.

Carl Pyrdum of Got Medieval continues his Thesis Thursday feature with John Milton’s struggles to write on Arthur , on the legend that is Geoffrey Arthur of Monmouth, and on the actual topic of his thesis Uther Pendragon.

The Bamburgh Research Project Blog addresses the relationship between Bamburgh,  Arthur and ‘Joyous Garde’.

Tim Clarkson of Senchus writes about the latest theory placing Arthur in Scotland. Tim also has s a new blog named Heart of the Kingdom on the early medieval cultural center of Govan in the kingdom of Strathclyde. He has several posts up on some of the Govan sculpture like the sun stone , an introduction to the Govan school of stones, and on a 19th century engraving of the Govan sarcophagus.

Diane Mclimoyle of Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History and Folklore writes about the 6th century Cumbrian lullaby Dinogad’s Smock and on the funky Cumbrian Crosby Garret Roman helmet.

Curt Emanuel the Medieval History Geek shares a few thoughts on Ambrose of Milan and on learning that sometimes stuff we think we should like bores us to death.

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of the Tenth Century Europe is practicing for his next career as medieval tour guide, in Naples this time. It’s always good to have a fall back option. :-) Yes, he did eventually get to conference but I’ve decided not to put conference and seminar posts in round-ups anymore.

Magistra et Mater tells us about her new job at The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe project and the utility of creating a massive charter database.

Andy Gaunt of the Archaeology and History of Medieval Sherwood Forest writes about traveling from  Newstead Priory to King John’s palace.

Antiquarian’s Attic brings us a discovery of a 9th-10th century man killed by an arrow near Newcastle, Galway Co Ireland. and of a Roman brothel coin found in London.