‘John Lydgate’s Medieval Identities: Monk, Poet, and Graffiti Artist’ The Newman Lecture

CAPGo1jWMAA7Ab6So after our Easter break we have the last Newman Lecture of this season. This one is by Dr. Karen Smyth of the University of East Anglia speaking on John Lydgate’s Medieval Identities Monk, Poet, and Graffiti Artist.

Karen Smyth is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia.

As always, Professor Charmley’s live tweeting of the lecture is included in Storify form in the link following the Soundcloud. please do follow the link, there are a lot of pictures with this one.

‘John Lydgate’s medieval identities: monk, poet, and graffiti artist’ Dr Karen Smyth (with images, tweets) · ProfJCharmley · Storify.

He’s Back

keep-calm-_-hes-backWell that was a long intermission. Like most people, we plan for failures, and maintain some duplicate things, different computers, and routers and such. What you might call a failure plan, and we’re no exception.

In large measure we use either older equipment, or less capable portable things that we use in the field. Normally it works out.

This time, most of that stuff is down in Oklahoma on a job, and so not available, and of course the piece that broke, our cable modem, is the one piece we don’t have a redundant replacement for.

In addition, my final back up, for really catastrophic events is Jessica, and this week she was in London at meetings as well, and so we just went dark.

The bear was hungry.

But what does a guy like me do when I don’t have internet? I go back to my old ways. I read. What do I read? Would you be very surprised if I told you history and economics, with a little religion mixed in.

Stuff like this:

A History of Conservative Politics since 1830John Charmley, second edition, copyright 2008 by Palgrave Macmillian

In full disclosure, Dr. Charmley is a friend of mine but still, this is academic history as it should be. All the notes and references are there but, it is readable, very readable in fact. He’s good enough with the language that he literally made me laugh out loud a few times. While this is about the British Conservative Party, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn with the Republican Party in the United States. This book, for the little it is worth, has the highest recommendation I have ever given.

A good follow on is:

Heretics, G.C. Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 12th edition 1912 by John Lane Company of New York City

A good follow-up from Dr. Charmley that informs us from a Christian view about some of the subtypes that are with us always using some very famous examples.

As we move into 2014, we are looking back at the centenary of The Great War and looking for lessons, this is a good start

1913, The Eve of War, Paul Ham, 2013, Endeavour Press, Ltd.

There will be much reading and writing done this year on the subject, and I found this an interesting overview

Others

The Large Catechism, Martin Luther

And two volumes of Herr Doktor Luther’s documents as well.

I’ve also been reviewing some old favorites,

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon

Complete Works and Historical Background, Flavius Josephus

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nation, Adam Smith

This is the multi volume set, which I have never attempted.

And because does anyone not consider the reign of Henry VIII fascinating?

Blood will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII, Kyra Cornelius Kramer, 2012, Ashwood Press, Bloomington, IN

One possible explanation of the change in Henry

And I have just started this, which is by a historian which we have featured here on occasion

1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, 2009, Lion Hudson.

Her take is different, and there are others as well, they’re all fascinating

All are available, and affordable for your Kindle, which has nearly saved my life this week.

Enjoy

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