Bayeux Tapestry Replica

So this guy spent 10,000 hours and 18 years embroidering a smaller-version replica of the Bayeux Tapestry.  Holy smoke.

Mint condition 1800 year old tunic found

I have serious guilt about the melting glaciers revealing such awesome fabulous archeological finds as this tunic, found in Norway.  But ancient clothing rarely survives at all, and it’s almost unheard of for it to be in this excellent condition.

Vikings on the History Channel

I don’t have cable, so I’ll have to wait to see the new Vikings History Channel show on Netflix and reserve judgment until then.  Although as the co-author of a novel-in-progress about Vikings, it seems like nothing but good news.  In my fantasies, Vikings will be the next big thing, bigger than vampires and for sure bigger than zombies.  I don’t get the appeal of zombies anyway.  Vikings are much better.

Plus they filmed in Ireland!  Woot!

Sun Dancing (Geoffrey Moorhouse)

I picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend. It’s unusual. The first half is a set of imagined vignettes of the monks’ lives on Skellig Michael from its founding (circa 6th c) to eventual abandonment (circa 13th c). The second half is a set of non-fiction chapters about various aspects of early Irish history.

The whole book is well worth a look, although it’s good to remember that in the fifteen years since it was published, a fair amount of historical and archeological research has been done, some of which calls into question elements of the non-fiction chapters. For instance, the idea that anyone was wearing kilts (p. 205)this early in Irish (or Scottish) history has been reconsidered. Even so, it’s an accessible, intriguing entrypoint to the time period and culture.