A Medievalist’s Review of Brave

Disney’s newest movie, Brave, features a theme common to (almost required for) a story about a girl in the Middle Ages—Princess Merida is forced to marry against her will, pawned because she is female by a well-meaning family who fail … Continue reading

Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain: Reproduced from MS. Cotton Nero A.X.

This may be the greatest book I have ever owned. If you know me, that’s saying a lot. Medievalists, scholars, linguists, I present to you the Early English Text Society facsimile of the Cotton Nero A.x containing Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, … Continue reading

Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Societal Ignorance

Moneyball: “Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. And if I say it to anybody, I’m-I’m ostracized. I’m-I’m-I’m a leper.” My Cousin Vinny: “The laws are medieval down here. Do you know what the minimum age … Continue reading

The Mind of the Middle Ages: An Historical Survey, A.D. 200-1500

The back of the cover calls The Mind of the Middle Ages: An Historical Survey by Frederick B. Artz a “standard text for thousands of students and teachers.” I can’t argue with that. This book packs a massive amount of … Continue reading

Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Medicine

Bloodletting The most common concept of medieval medicine that I hear is “bloodletting to release the evil spirits.” Though I have found recommendations that people with certain dispositions undergo bloodletting at certain times of year, I have never found a … Continue reading

King Arthur’s Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure

Few copies of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure are available. I am indifferent in announcing that King Arthur’s Death by Larry D. Benson is perfectly mediocre. With that said, it’s also the only copy of the two … Continue reading

Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Women

One of most common statement about women in the Middle Ages is that they were “just property” and “lowly servants.” This statement ignores the accomplishments, achievements, and duties of the medieval woman. It encourages the idea that before the 1960s, … Continue reading

Medicine in Medieval England

My interest in medieval medicine started for two different reasons. I was doing research on head injuries in Arthurian literature and wanted to know how such injuries would have been realistically treated. I was also hoping to find some entertainingly … Continue reading