Date: Tue Jul 16, 2002 3:55 pm

Subject: Links: Pennsic Newspaper,Writing Research, Online Medieval Library, Medieval Review, Forks, Chainmail, Vatican Exhibit, Manuscript Lesson Plans, Resources, Anglosaxon Poetry & Charms, Old English, Stone Sculpture, Coins, Robin Hood, Encyclopedia Mythica, Hebrew Songs, Language Museum

Hello everyone! A colossal case of the 'flu is going to keep my commentary short this week. There is a little bit of this and that for you to pore over, especially if you are looking for early England-based literature, coins, research materials, or medieval-subject book reviews. There's a chain-mail how-to site, some history of eating utensils, lesson plans for teaching from medieval manuscripts, and there's even a guide for writing scholarly papers for University (also applicable for large A & S competitions).

Enjoy these sites, and feel free to pass the list or bits of it along wherever it will find interest.


Aoife, the perpetually sniffling librarian

The Known World Independent
(Site Excerpt) Your Source for SCA Known World News, Helpful Articles, And Literature On-line

This site, handy for people who wish to write research materials about medieval subjects, is an excellent tutorial for those who are NOT university students, as well as those who are.

Online Medieval and Classical Library
(Site Excerpt) The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization

The Medieval Review
(Site Excerpt) Since 1993, The Medieval Review (TMR; formerly the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) has been publishing reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies, a field it interprets as broadly as possible. The electronic medium allows for very rapid publication of reviews, and provides a computer searchable archive of past reviews, both of which are of great utility to scholars and students around the world.

A History of the Table Fork (Note that this is an SCA-centric site, and the word "period" in this context means 600 to 1650 CE, approximately)
(Site Excerpt) Many people think of the table fork as either "out of period" or "very late period." Often people insist that the only period forks have two tines. Actually, table forks were known and used before the year 1000 in the middle east [Boger, Giblin]. Forks made before 1600 with as many as five tines still exist today. What is the real history of the table fork? Let us see.

The History of Eating Utensils
(Site Excerpt) The Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences houses the Rietz Food Technology Collection. Containing approximately 1,700 items, this collection was assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, an inventor and businessman in the food industry. His interest in the industry led him on travels around the world to collect objects used in the production, processing, storage, presentation, preparation, and serving of food.

The Apprentice Armorer's Illustrated Handbook For Making Mail: A Clear Systematic Guide for the Do-It-Yourselfer
(Site Excerpt) This handbook is intended to provide a simple, systematic approach for making Mail Armor. While many books describe the use of mail and may show a picture of a person wearing it, the materials and processes for making mail have not been well addressed. This handbook contains clear illustrations and lessons-learned, so that anyone who has the curiosity can indulge in a new hobby. As a hobby, making mail may be rather new, but the concept has been in use for millenia. From the time of the Romans until about 1350 AD, Mail was the warrior's principle defense against cutting weapons.

Vatican Exhibit Main Hall (library of Congress)
(Site Excerpt, from Introduction) ROME REBORN: THE VATICAN LIBRARY & RENAISSANCE CULTURE, An Exhibit at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540 . ROME REBORN: THE VATICAN LIBRARY AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE presents some 200 of the Vatican Library's most precious manuscripts, books, and maps--many of which played a key role in the humanist recovery of the classical heritage of Greece and Rome. The exhibition presents the untold story of the Vatican Library as the intellectual driving force behind the emergence of Rome as a political and scholarly superpower during the Renaissance

Medieval Manuscript Lesson Plans
(Site Excerpt from Aknowledgements) The following sources have been consulted for the creation of the materials in this packet: The following sources have been consulted for the creation of the materials in this packet: The following sources have been consulted for the creation of the materials in this packet: Boussard, Jacques, The Civilization of Charlemagne. London: World University Library,1968 ; Brinton, Crane, et al Civilization in the West. NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1964; Denny, Rodney Heraldry and the Heralds. London: Jonathan Cape, 1982; Gies, Frances & Joseph, Women in the Middle Ages: The lives of real women in a vibrant age of transition. NY: Harper Perennial, 1980 ; Groiler Multimedia Encyclopedia 1996 version ; Lasko, Peter, The Kingdom of the Franks: Northwest Europe Before Charlemagne. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1971; Painter, Sydney, William Marshall: Knight-Errant, Baron and Regent of England; Baltimore: The John Hopkins Press, 1933; Peterson, Elizabeth A. Paging Through Medieval Lives: Catalog to the Exhibition, Tryst Press, Salt Lake City, 1997;

Medieval Resources
A list of links to other web and print-based resources for the study of the Middle Ages, including list-serves and discussion lists.

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry
This is a webbed version of the known collection of Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Although weighty to wade through, the About section is highly reccomended before reading the corpus.

Anglo Saxon Charms (note that a more complete set of Charms is located at the end of the above page, untranslated) (Site Excerpt) The following Anglo-Saxon charms were translated by Karen Louise Jolly in her book, Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (1996). Copyright is held by the University of North Carolina Press, who has granted permission for electronic publication at this site. Please feel free to use this site for educational purposes but maintain this copyright statement in all references. Thank you.

Old English Pages
(Site Excerpt) An encyclopedic compendium of resources for the study of Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. Part of ORB, the On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies.

AWRITAN ON ENGLISC: Englisc List Website--A Forum for Composition in Old English
(Site Excerpt) Wilcume, leofe lar-gebroðor ond lar- gesweostor! These pages announce the ENGLISC COMPOSITION LISTSERV, an electronic discussion group dedicated to writing and communicating in Old English. The following paragraphs include: The rationale for the listserv and its inception , How to subscribe , The aims and activities of ENGLISC , Finished or "in-progress" compositions in Old English , Other on-line resources for teaching and learning Old English .

Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture at the University of Durham
A collection of Anglo-Sasxon stone carvings, with links to other CORPUS collections.

Early Medieval Coin Finds
(Site Excerpt) A project to gather together into a single database all of the single finds of coins minted 410-1180 found in the British Isles. There are several thousand such coins, mostly Anglo-Saxon and Norman, but with a smattering of Frankish, Byzantine, even Arabic, and hundreds more are found every year. The EMC is the first attempt to collect all of the coins from the whole period (many of them previously unpublished) and present them in an easily accessible and searchable form. It is based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Checklist of Coin Hoards from the British Isles
(Site Excerpt) This is a revised and extended version of the article by Mark Blackburn and Hugh Pagan, 'A revised check-list of coin hoards from the British Isles, c.500-1100', in Anglo-Saxon Monetary History, ed. M. A. S. Blackburn (Leicester, 1986), pp. 291-313, which was itself a revision of a hoard listing by Michael Dolley published in 1966. The present web version includes a number of corrections to entries in the previous version, plus some 102 new hoards.

Robin Hood: The Early Poems
(Site Excerpt)Selected Studies by Thomas H. Ohlgren, Professor of English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Encyclopedia Mythica
(Site Excerpt) This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 6000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world. It is by no means a complete work and I try to update it frequently by adding new articles and expanding or revising existing articles. However, since this is rather a lot of work for one man to do, I welcome contributions; either more information on existing articles or completely new ones. You can find more information about contributing here.
While this site has a great many new songs, some old ones (Psalms for instance) are included, as well as sound clips.

Language Museum
Note that several dead languages are represented here. A written sample, translation, estimated population of speakers, and source for that language in the world. (Site Excerpt) Language Museum: the samples of 2000 languages in the world