pater peccavi …

or, of things done and things that should have been left undone

Errm. Yes. Absent from blogging duties of late. Excuses: am in midst of putting together course blogs. As I am fortunate enough to live in an ideal world, this is indeed work.
Here’s a bit of everyday Medievalism, though.
Facebook had a rather splendid quiz:
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Here’s what I got:

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I wasn’t altogether content:

(1) I felt hampered by having to pretend to be a bloke. As ever.
(2) I knew I’d fudged being Tristan or Lancelot, but then again, don’t we all?
(3) I’d have quite liked to be Enide or Silence – had female/transvestite knights been an option. Or Nicolette, Blanchefleur, and more ladylike individuals like Fortune or Guinièvre – had “heroines” been an option.

But life’s not fair, and neither are quizzes. Especially for heroes in training. And my favourites are always the clever ones. OK, sometimes downright shady and deceitful.

So I took the quiz again.
Hey, I’m a girl, it’s the sort of thing we’re supposed to do.
Also to stick two gingers fingers up at the astrologically credulous: as a Gemini, I’m doubly supposed to do this sort of thing.

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1. Heroes can be beaten at their own game. By heroines, or by thinking like a heroine. Think: “what would Iseult do?” – ideally, a monstrous and marvellous combination of both Iseults.
2. It is thanks to Facebook applications and things of their ilk that the Medieval may remain relevant.
3. May Chrétien de Troyes’s book sales go through the roof.

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