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Welcome to Woruldhord

July 10th, 2010

Dr. Stuart Lee at the Oxford Computing Services department, has begun a new website, Woruldhord (Old English for World-hoard),

to collect together into an online hoard, digital objects related to the teaching, study, or research of Old English and the Anglo-Saxon period of history.

What a wonderful way to collect and revel in Old English material, even (especially?) if it’s not part of your daily life any more.

Looks like Dr. Lee created other websites, one a digital archive for World War I poetry and another, Dragons in the Sky, for “English-Speaking Communities at the Close of the Millennia” (although it hasn’t been updated recently — the July 2006 article by Dr Catherine Clarke, “Compensation Culture,” is still marked “New”).

Source: post (’s-largest-archive-on-anglo-saxon-england/)

“Seven Ages Of Britain”: BBC’s New Multi-Part History of Britain

January 23rd, 2010
The Alfred Jewel (source:

The Alfred Jewel (source:

BBC presents a new series called “Seven Ages Of Britain” starting on 1/31/2010. Each of the seven episodes represents an era in British history, narrated by David Dimbleby. I’m particularly interested in the first age:

Programme 1: Age Of Conquest (AD 43-1066) – For a thousand years, from Emperor Claudius to William the Conqueror, the British Isles were defined by invasion, each successive wave bringing something new to the mix. The Romans brought figurative art, the Anglo-Saxons epic poetry, the Normans monumental architecture. David Dimbleby travels throughout Britain and beyond – to France, Italy and Turkey – in search of the greatest creations of the age.

Programme includes: bronze bust of Hadrian (British Museum); fragment of triumphal arch commemorating Claudius’ conquest of Britain (Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome); Roman coin of Britannia (Pantheon, Rome); frieze of Britannia under the heel of Emperor Claudius (Aphrodisias, Turkey); Roman gold brooch (Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Wales); Oceanus Dish (British Museum); Roman mosaic work (Bignor Roman Villa); Beowulf; Sutton Hoo treasure (Sutton Hoo and British Museum); Celtic Cross (Iona); Jarrow Monastery; Codex Amiatinus (Laurentian Library, Florence); Alfred Jewel (Ashmolean Museum); Alfred’s translation of Pastoral Care (Bodleian Library); Caen Castle and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Normandy); Bayeux Tapestry (Normandy); the Tower of London.

Thanks to Medieval News for the original blog post.

362 – Greek To Me: Mapping Mutual Incomprehension « Strange Maps

March 28th, 2009

Ever wonder what other language speakers say when they don’t understand something? Is it Greek to everyone? What is it to Greek-speakers? Now you can know, thanks to 362 – Greek To Me: Mapping Mutual Incomprehension « Strange Maps. Very interesting. Guess the Japanese don’t have a comparative expression, since their bubble doesn’t link out… Anyone know?