5 Minutes, 17 British Accents

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Do you know what separates the accents of Bilbo, the Dowager Countess, and Eddard Stark? Well, watch this and you will. H/T Open Culture [Read more...]

Richard III’s 3D Spine

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Because nothing is really real until it’s modeled in 3D, a team at the University of Leicester created a 3-D model of King Richard III’s spine. Here it is (hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor left or right to rotate): The bones have been subjected to more detailed analysis since their discovery, [Read More...]

A Middle English Poem About the Assumption

As a footnote to my posts about the last days of Mary, here’s a lovely little Middle English poem about the Assumption. It’s a pretty easy read, but I translated it anyway to clarify a couple of obscure words. Crist sayde to hur: “Com, my swete, com, my flour, Com, my culver, myn owne boure, Com, [Read More...]

The Ghost of St. Edmund Kills a King: The 1000th Anniversary!

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Edmund, King and Saint, was killed in a conflict with the Danes in 869, and afterward his cult grew, perhaps helped along by a legend (or was it!?) found in Archdeacon Hermann’s Miracles of St. Edmund (1096), and repeated and embellished thereafter. After the death of Edmund, the Danes continued to harass England, with Sweyn [Read More...]

The Radical Traditionalism of … Prince Charles?

I honestly didn’t not see this one coming. Stratford Caldicott writes about the well-nigh Distributist sensibilities of Prince Charles, a man I always filed under, “Daffy Monarchy: see also, Environmental Extremist, Sordid Love Affairs.” Shows you what I know. Let’s start with a good pull quote from Bonnie Prince Charlie, who says he is motivated [Read More...]

A Face From the Past

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You can be excused for thinking the face pictured above is a modern mugshot of some dude who just robbed a Piggly Wiggly. In fact, it’s an archer who died in the sinking of the Mary Rose,  a ship from the fleet of Henry VIII (spit). The Mary rose was sunk in 1545, discovered in [Read More...]

Some Thoughts on Richard III, History, and Catholicism

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Everyone by now has heard the big news: the bones of King Richard III–last king of the House of York, villain of one of Shakespeare’s most masterful historical plays, and a man long long regarded as a psychopath twisted in both body and mind–have been found under a parking lot in Leicester, England. DNA testing has confirmed [Read More...]

British Veterans Discover Remains of Ancient Soldier

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Operation Nightingale is an innovative program designed to help soldiers learn new skills while recovering from injuries. The soldiers, who had been wounded in Afghanistan, were performing a routine excavation to learn the techniques of archaeology. Instead, they turned up something more significant and, for them, meaningful: a warrior like themselves, buried 1400 years ago. Mike [Read More...]


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