History, Literature, Medieval

Reality TV, 1387 Edition (Redux)

Celebrating the 546th anniversary of William Caxton's printing of Dictes and Sayenges of the Phylosophers, perhaps the first book ever printed in the English language on November 18, 1477, by dusting off an old post with a tangential relationship to the subject:   Imagine yourself, if you will, as an inhabitant of late 14th-century England.… Continue reading Reality TV, 1387 Edition (Redux)

Feminism, History, Literature, Medieval

A Lapse in Deed, if not in Thought: Celebrating Geoffrey Chaucer

Yes, I thought about Geoffrey Chaucer one week ago today, on October 25, 2023.  I know perfectly well that that was the 623rd anniversary of his death, which occurred on October 25, 1400.  But I was otherwise occupied at the time, and I didn't get around to commemorating it. Herewith, an echo from well over… Continue reading A Lapse in Deed, if not in Thought: Celebrating Geoffrey Chaucer

Education, History, Literature, Medieval

The First Eighteen Lines: “Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote”

I know many of you know them by heart. I’ve seen some of you say so, on Ricochet, over the past thirteen years. At some point in your lives, you probably had them thrust at you; you might have struggled through them; maybe you cheated with the Cliffs Notes; perhaps you said you couldn’t possibly… Continue reading The First Eighteen Lines: “Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote”

Education, History, Literature, Medieval

Occasional Quote of the Day: The First Eighteen Lines

I know many of you know them by heart. I’ve seen some of you say so, on Ricochet, over the past nine years. At some point in your lives, you probably had them thrust at you; you might have struggled through them; maybe you cheated with the Cliffs Notes; perhaps you said you couldn’t possibly… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The First Eighteen Lines