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Tolkien
This is a slightly different tack for DailyMedieval, but many fans of his fiction are unaware of his career as a medievalist. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 - 2 September 1973) graduated college with a specialty in Old Norse before he went not fi...
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Tolkien
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Ultima Thule
A 1537 rendition of Thule On New Year's Eve 2018, a NASA probe transmitted pictures of Ultima Thule, an object 4 billion miles from Earth. "Ultima Thule" is not your typical astronomical naming convention. Ultima Thule, or the "ultimate Thule," was first de...
Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
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Why a Boar's Head?
From a feast at the University of Rochester Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the Boar's Head Carol. The version we use most often today (there are slight variations, including a version for serving poultry) was recorded in a book of Christmas...
Why a Boar's Head?
Why a Boar's Head?
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Was THIS Robin Hood?
Statue in Nottingham We have established that the first mention of Robin Hood is in the 1370s. And in the mid 1400s, someone places him in 1283 living in "English Woods." In the legends as they developed later, Robin (along with a band of men) lives in Sher...
Was THIS Robin Hood?
Was THIS Robin Hood?
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Robin Hood and the Monk
Although most depictions of Robin Hood place him in England when Richard Lionheart was away on Crusade and King John was messing up the country (the 1190s), there are no mentions of him in any literature until significantly later. The earliest is in  Piers ...
Robin Hood and the Monk
Robin Hood and the Monk
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Andrew Wyntoun, Scot
When Robert Burns published his Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect  (1786), no one knew that it would become such a success that the reading public would be eager to lap up anything old and Scottish. But 1790 saw the publication of the  Orygynale Cronyk...
Andrew Wyntoun, Scot
Andrew Wyntoun, Scot
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Rabies
Rabies, from the Latin rabies  which means "madness," has been noticed for a long time. The Codex of Eshnunna (c.1930BCE), found on two cuneiform tablets and pre-dating the Code of Hammurabi, declares the owner of a dog who shows signs of rabies is to be fi...
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Rabies
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Patron Saint of Hunting
...and of mathematicians, and opticians, and metalworkers, and more. Saint Hubertus' conversion from materialism to piety was first discussed here . After he died, on 30 May 727, his bones moved around a bit. He was buried in the church of St. Peter in Lièg...
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Saint Hubertus
Saint Hubertus (c.656 - 30 May 727), also called the Apostle of the Ardennes, was said to be the eldest son of Duke Bertrand of Aquitaine. He was a well-liked young man who found fame and position wherever he went, ultimately being named "grand-master of th...
Saint Hubertus
Saint Hubertus
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Odo the Great
The Umayyad Caliphate at the time of Odo This blog has mentioned several men named Odo in the past, but never "the Great." He was born in southwest Gaul and became the Duke of Aquitaine as early as 679, or maybe 688, or even 692, but for certain by 700. Gau...
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Odo the Great
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