“You say I’m a dreamer; we’re two of a kind,” Charlemagne’s adviser Angilbert wrote to the king’s daughter Berta in A.D. 798, “both of us searching for some perfect world we know we’ll never find.” Angilbert and Berta went on to have children together, and Angilbert’s education ensured his prominence an abbot, administrator, ambassador, and poet in an otherwise imperfect world. Were Angilbert alive today, he’d likely endorse these interesting links.
The Cloisters blog nibbles on real plants in the unicorn tapestries.
Gabriele makes sense of the development of Roman helmets.
Steve Muhlberger reads the investigation of a modern jouster’s death. (Incidentally, Steve’s book about chivalric combat in the late Middle Ages just garnered some praise.)
Here’s a creepy fantasy tale about girldom: “Ponies.”
A philosopher-in-training meets an owl.
Just how is James Franco’s short-story collection?
Mark Athitakis peels back myths about J.D. Salinger’s crankiness.
Nicole at Bibliographing re-reads Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Jason unveils a new anthology of Tolkien source criticism.
Why not buy recordings of Old English poems? (I have ‘em; they’re good.)
Leslie gives advice to the MFA-curious.
Pete notes the dearth of fiction about finance.
Jake ponders imaginative career paths.