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King Arthur’s Last Men: Stranded in the Arctic North? December 15, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
King Arthur's Last Men: Stranded in the Arctic North?

*** Sorry I’m an idiot, I accidentally published two posts yesterday, one was left and one was withdrawn: this was the second that should have come out today** The Inventio Fortunata is a lost English text describing Arctic exploration that survives only in an emended form in a copy of a copy of a copy. […]

Don’t Get Mad, Get William: The Authorship Question July 13, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Modern
Don't Get Mad, Get William: The Authorship Question

Beachcombing has written over 750 posts in the last couple of years with 2786 emails received in that time: two a week at the beginning, about twenty a day now…. And he’s glad to say that only 4 of these emails have been rude, though lots of others have included polite raps over much bruised […]

From the Mahogany Ship to Mons Badonicus: An Archaeological Fantasia October 17, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
From the Mahogany Ship to Mons Badonicus: An Archaeological Fantasia

Inspired by thoughts of Nag Hammadi, Howard Carter and Leslie Alcock at Cadbury Beachcombing spent an  evening wondering about archaeological fantasias, discoveries that he hopes will be made before he  himself becomes an archaeological subject and is put into the ground. Boudica’s grave. Boudica was, of course, the queen of the Iceni who gave Nero […]

King Arthur In Australia? June 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
King Arthur In Australia?

The Beachcombings are overjoyed as they have finally found a new aupair, an Australian tango dancer (truly). And in her honour Beach thought he would offer up today an obscure, indeed, an almost forgotten source for the Arthurian legend,  a twelfth-century poem by the name of Draco Normannicus (Norman Battle Standard) with an almost impossibly […]

Arthur’s Grave at Glastonbury Revisited: The Irish connection November 16, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Arthur's Grave at Glastonbury Revisited: The Irish connection

Beachcombing thought that today he would return to Arthur’s remains at Glastonbury, that extraordinary moment in the late twelfth century when the monks of Britain’s oldest monastery ’discovered’ Arthur’s body just outside their church: diggings revealed a trunk tomb and giant bones. True, Beachcombing looked at this matter several months ago, when he suggested that the bones might […]

Arthur’s Grave at Glastonbury September 13, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Arthur's Grave at Glastonbury

Beachcombing thought that he would recall tonight the first recorded archaeological dig to take place in the United Kingdom. The place? The magical abbey of Glastonbury on the fringes of the Celtic fringes. The time? Probably 1191, though different accounts give slightly different dating clues. The find? The body of Arthur, Lord of the Round […]

Latin or Celtic Arthur? August 10, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Latin or Celtic Arthur?

Beachcombing has that distinctive ringing in his inner ear: the sure sign that he has an Arthurian post coming on. In fact, he is being drawn, ‘like a dog returning to its vomit’ (Prov 26, 11), to an early obsession of his, the origin of the name Arthur. First, for those lucky folks who do not […]