Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Friday, December 25, 2009
Now burn, new-born to the world,
Double-natured name,
The heaven-flung, heart-fleshed, maiden-furled
Mid-numbered He in three of the thunder-throne!

--Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, "The Wreck of the Deutschland"

Saint Francis and Saint Benedight
Bless this house from wicked wight;
From the night-mare and the goblin,
That is hight good-fellow Robin;
Keep it from all evil spirits,
Fairies, weazles, rats, and ferrets'

From curfew-time
To the next prime.

- "Cartwright" (quoted in the Christmas Eve chapter from Washington Irving's Sketchbook)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009
Ready for some serious scholarship on early Scotland?
James E. Fraser, From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795, New Edinburgh History of Scotland I, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2009. Pp. xii + 436; illus. Paperback ISBN 9780748612321, £19.99. Alex Woolf, From Pictland to Alba 789–1070, New Edinburgh History of Scotland II, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2007. Pp. xv + 384; illus. Paperback ISBN 9780748612345, £19.99.
First page of an academic review can be viewed here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
UK judge issues arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister for pursuing foreign policy someone in UK doesn't like

Only one way to stop this kind of "universal jurisdiction"/"human rights" horseshit: Israel can issue a warrant for the judge who issued the warrant. And drop a hint that Israel, unlike the airhead rest of the world, actually knows something about extraterritorial enforcement.

UPDATE: "UK ponders law change after Tzipi Livni arrest warrant." Jolly good and about bloody time. Don't miss the Livni video statement in this link.

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Eve on why "all that matters is that you get to Heaven" can't possibly be right from a sound-and-orthodox Catholic viewpoint: here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009
"William V." Start practicing saying it?