Byzantium and conspiracy theories: because Prokopios – another short essay.

Continuing on my "I have all these ridiculous topics I've written about" side quest, additional digging into the bowels of my external hard drive has produced this gem. Note that this one delves into the more complex nature of religion during the Byzantine period, but does little to define them for folks that are unsure … Continue reading Byzantium and conspiracy theories: because Prokopios – another short essay.

Insult “Culture” and Violence in Early Merovingian Gaul – short essay

I have a treasure trove of weird, short papers I've done throughout my academic and professional career. Every now and then, I revisit my folders to find a source, and run into an occasional gem of an essay that was either an assignment, or a way for me to start additional research that I never … Continue reading Insult “Culture” and Violence in Early Merovingian Gaul – short essay

How I became a liturgist: The Coronation Ordo of Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III

In November, I was asked (or rather, crashed a Facebook convo) regarding the new Eastern heirs coronation wishes. Byzantine! Having worked with the couple before for their first coronation (wherein I was a spooky Vestal Virgin reading a scary prophecy) I knew that their love of display and theater is something that I had missed … Continue reading How I became a liturgist: The Coronation Ordo of Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III

Women in the Middle Ages were badass, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

Yet another find of women's bones in a Norse gravesite, and the media blows up that she was a a fierce, Viking warrior before the archaeologists get her in the lab. It seems like modern men and women, dazzled by the success of Vikings, really want to grasp at anything that comes across questionable websites … Continue reading Women in the Middle Ages were badass, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.