Archive for the 'history' Category

Quite Gratifying

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

There’s nothing quite like seeing it in hard copy, is there? You can see proofs and previews but it isn’t until you hold the lovely object in your own hand that you know you’ve got another publication or three. I have three new reference entries on “Childbirth”, “Fatherhood” and “Motherhood” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of […]

I Could Do an Entire Course on This!

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

This term my senior seminar tackles the early modern life-cycle in England. We start with childbirth and end with death. Well, actually, we go beyond death, so to speak, and spend the very last week of class on wills (and probate records in general).
Wills are a great research resource for early modern social history. I […]

Cliopatria Winners!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Check out the cracker-jack listing over at History News Network. I was privileged to help judge in two of the categories and I’m sincere when I say it was a privilege.
Writing for the internet is not an easy skill (particularly for academics as we tend to be long-winded). To see so many blogs that do […]

(Pre)Modernity and Academe

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

In between bouts of marking and writing, I’ve been keeping up with the recent wave of talks about tenure, commitments to departments by junior hires and the sense of modernity (or post-modernity) in academic work/life balance and would highlight some of the interesting discussion ongoing at Geeky Mom’s blog as well as Dr. Crazy’s excellent […]

And They Probably Looked Like Wilma

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Well, obviously the only newsworthy part of uncovering a great European Neolithic settlement that revises our thinking about the start of metallurgy back about five hundred years, provides strong evidence for an active family life and valued role for children in the culture is that Prehistoric women had passion for fashion.
/headdesk
Sometimes it hurts to be […]

Perhaps it was Cruel

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

In the medieval history quizzes (you remember, for that class of nigh-unto 100 students?) I am marking, I have sequential “fill-in-the-blanks” that are properly answered with “The Fourth Crusade” and “The Fourth Lateran Council.”
1) In 1204 the leaders of __________________ made a “detour” and conquered Constantinople instead.
2) Innocent III presided over _______________ in 1215 […]

Lusher, Sexier, Britisher

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Rick Mercer is a god among men. This is proven for everyone who has even a passing interest in British history by this October 23, 2007 Rick Mercer Report segment riffing off of The Tudors, the world’s trashy “historical drama”: Lusher, Sexier, Britisher (youtube).
Make sure you watch all the way to the end of the […]

Shameless Promotion

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

This year I’ll be one of the lucky few judging the 2007 History Blogging Awards. Recognizing the best history writing in the blogosphere, you may nominate in the following categories:

Best Group Blog
Best Individual Blog
Best New Blog
Best Post
Best Series of Posts
Best Writer

History Bites

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Soon, thanks to the power of the intrawebs, the first collection of History Bites episodes will be mine, all mine!
I’m not sure exactly what’s contained in the first collection — one downfall of the listings. If it’s just season one, I’ll be quite happy as that includes several of my all-time favourites:

Dead Philosopher Walking : […]

Fun with Blurbs

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I was checking out the Cambridge online catalogue and discovered that a snippet from my glowing CJH review is featured on the listing for an essay collection dealing with early Tudor religious history.
That’s nice enough but what’s more amusing is the blurb featured a little bit further down the page:
“A valuable and highly recommended addition […]