Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Michelle at Heavenfield has tagged me with a History Meme. After sitting on it for awhile, I decided I'd best get busy and respond to her.

1. Link to the person who tagged you.

See above. Michelle has been making some interesting posts, so check it out.

2. List 7 random/weird things about your favorite historical figure.

Well, wow, whom to pick; there are so many interesting figures to choose from. And some of the figures I would choose, there aren't 7 things known about them personally! Aelfric of Eynsham is one example: the most prolific writer of Anglo-Saxon England and yet we know practically NOTHING about him personally: not his birth, not his death, not when he became a priest, nor even exactly when he became an abbot. We know he wrote Old English and Latin texts, that he was very concerned with teaching the basics of Christianity; we know he was at Westminster in 987 and was sent to Cerne Abbas where he taught Latin and wrote the first grammar in English, and that he was a student of both Dunstan and Aethelwold. Sometime between 1002 and 1005 he was abbot of the refounded house at Eynsham where he continued to write, translate etc. Oddly, he lives in the midst of Viking depradations, but never once mentions anything specific about them. I think that's 7 things.

3. Tag seven more people at the end of your blog and link to theirs.

Are there 7 medieval bloggers left to tag? I'll have to catch up on that one later.

4. Let the person know they have been tagged by leaving a note on their blog.

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