HTML Giant reviewer AD Jameson
reviewed the movie The World's End. He didn't love it at first
. Then he thought about it more. Then he thought about it a lot. [Warning, every link in this post contains spoilers] [more inside]
After a long personal
hiatus, pithy history blog Got Medieval
recently returned (previously: 1
). It comes back with a new project, an ongoing series of posts
] on the author’s dissertation topic, the role of Uther in the story of King Arthur as told in the less-than-accurate 12th century Historia Regum Brittanae
by Geoffrey of Monmouth. If you want more, the saints feasts calendar commentaries
may be completed now, but don’t worry, the marginalia
posts continue (e.g. sketches of naked men in a nun’s devotional book
How well do you really know old Arty? It all began with the Welsh: The The Annales Cabriae (inside) and parts of the Welsh oral tradition (later collected into the Mabinogion
) give a very different picture of the popular King Arthur than contemporary readers are familiar with: no Lancelot, three or four different Guens, no love triangles or Holy Grails. A look at the vast scope of the Arthurian legend. [more inside]
Physicist Howard Wiseman has a hobby, history
. On his website he has three history subsites, filled with lots of information: 1) Ruin and Conquest of Britain
2) 18 Centuries of Roman Empire
3) Twenty Centuries of "British" "Empires"
. Especially informative are his many maps. As he says himself: "Drawing historical maps of all sorts has been a hobby of mine since my mid teens. Now I can do it digitally, and inflict it upon the world!"
Sing to us, O Muse, of our Timeless Myths
. A site dedicated to Classical, Norse & Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends.
Narts! The Nart Sagas are arguably the most essential ingredient of Circassian Culture, to which they are what Greek mythology is to Western Civilization. Though much less known than their Greek counterparts, the Nart epic tales are no less developed. The heroism, sagacity, guile and ferocity of the Nart demi-gods are more than matches
to those of the Greek Pantheon.
If this selection of stories
captures your interest, you might want John Colarusso's Nart Sagas from the Caucasus
; you can read the introduction
online ("A ship sailing across the Black Sea in the year 1780 eventually would have come upon a lush shore at the eastern end of the dark gray waters..."). Although they seem to have been brought by the Ossetes
(and J. Cassian is posting an Ossetian tale, The Death of Soslan
, on his blog
), they're everywhere
in the Northern Caucasus. And some people
say they were the source of the King Arthur stories.
The Camelot Project
A wonderful collection of Arthurian images, e-texts, and bibliographies, comprising everything from the Alliterative Morte Arthure
to the eccentric Robert Stephen Hawker's "The Quest for the Sangraal." See also this
extensive two-part list of on-line Arthurian resources, courtesy of Kathleen L. Nichols (Pittsburg State University).