The shield boss and other hardware from the Sutton Hoo shield.

Protecting Your Head with Jesus: a Note on ‘Helm’

It’s always interesting to see what a culture uses in its material metaphors. For instance, while English-speaking couples talk to one another, one of the most common terms we see used is “dear,” which was something I always understood as just a placeholder for “someone I hold dear” when my parents would use it. Well, […]

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The purse lid from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, which is on display at the British Museum.

Stuff: Connecting Medieval to Modern

The reason I’m writing my dissertation on the material culture that appears in Old English poetry is because I’m like most of my fellow Americans: I dig stuff. I like things. I enjoy having, using, making, and breaking doodads, doohickeys, gizmos, gadgets, and gear. As someone who also enjoys thinking about the middle ages, and […]

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