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Thread on the "Dark Ages":

"Modern" people: The Middle Ages had no science, just theology and doctrine!

Someone in the late 1000s/early 1100s: I have been observing the yearly movement of the planets. Here are my observations

(BL, MS Royal 13 A XI, f. 143v) #MedievalTwitter
"Modern" people: Medieval ppl thought the earth was flat and that you could sail off the edge of it.

Medieval illustrator in 1464: The earth is a globe and which way is up depends on where you're standing. Ofc you can't fall off it.

(Royal 19 A IX, f. 42) #MedievalTwitter
"Modern" people: They were so superstitious! They thought eclipses were warnings sent by God!

Author in 1464: This is how the shadow of the earth and the moon creates both lunar and solar eclipses.

(BL, MS Royal 19 A IX f. 104, 106) #MedievalTwitter
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THREAD: In case you are sitting in the back: NOT BEING RACIST DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE ANTIRACIST. HERE'S A HANDY READING LIST PRESENTED IN SHOUTY ALL CAPS FOR ALL YOU MATURE READERS. #medievaltwitter #shakerace #AcademicChatter #twitterstorians #iloveoldenglish
2/22 Start with this book by @DrIbram on how to be antiracist. It is a fantastic guide. If you read nothing else, read: 'How to be Anti-Racist':…
3/22 Racism and its relationship with capitalism is something we need to think more deeply about. Start here with: Race, Nation, Class by Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein…
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Thread: Snr academic says he called grad students (incl. POC) “twats” to let them know that ppl will end their careers bc they (::checks notes::) ...tweeted support for antiracism. This is apparently good bc other snr academics would just quietly deny them jobs. #MedievalTwitter
No word yet on what pedagogical purpose calling a woman of color receiving death threats an “imperialist” served.
Or calling another woman of color “stupid.”
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Whose Middle Ages? is out and while it is a great teaching resource for your classes, there’s an important discussion that should accompany you using it. I blurbed the cover, so I obviously think it’s valuable. But don’t overlook how overwhelmingly white it is #MedievalTwitter/1
The impetus behind the volume was a white supremacist rally and the introduction makes explicit its anti-racist aims. YET, the volume was exclusively edited by white scholars and only TWO of its essays were written by scholars of color. /2
When I gave my blurb, I told one of the editors that I was disappointed by the lack of diversity. He acknowledged the problem and said they were trying to figure out how to address it. I am curious what they came up with and whether we will hear more about it from them directly/3
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Thread: did you know that smiling had different connotations in the European Middle Ages? I discovered this in Kim Philips' amazing article "The Grins of Others" for @postmedieval : grinning with your teeth was a sign of animality and racialized aggression. #MedievalTwitter
Philips and other scholars argued that, in the Middle Ages, Europeans saw open-mouthed smiles with visible teeth as signs of the "irrational and brutish" (87). Demons, wild animals, and racialized others often have toothy grins in medieval art.

(BL, MS Add. 28162, f. 3v)
Racialized others also bare their teeth frequently. Philips focuses on this trope in European depictions of Muslims, but it's visible as a racist trope everywhere. Look at the diff between the Muslims and Christians in this genealogical chart from BL Egerton MS 1500 (f. 5v).
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so… it’s about time. thread on Charlemagne incoming. 1/(don’t know) #medievaltwitter #twitterstorians
let’s start with some basic stuff (first about me).

hello! i’m a medieval historian but i work across disciplines, in large part because of my specific research. my first book was on the legend of Charlemagne before the “1st Crusade”…
but I also have published some other books on the Charlemagne legend, such as…
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Thread: abortion in the early Middle Ages. I tweeted about this briefly a few months ago. Some anti-choice tweeters got Very Mad and said I had no evidence, etc. SO, here are some sources. #MedievalTwitter
I will focus on the penitentials: books for priests that suggested appropriate penances for various sins. These books profoundly influenced later canon (and secular) laws, and provide insight into how priests dealt with these issues in confession.
The early medieval penitentials (approx. 500-1100 ADE) don't all discuss abortion (whereas they almost all discuss male homosexuality, for instance). Only two of the earliest ones (from Ireland) do. The heavy discussion of gay stuff suggests the Church's priorities, sin-wise.
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THREAD: I know it's Monday but what better day than to give us some more work, right? Many of you have come to me or asked other scholars of color what you can do, where you can start & what you are doing wrong. Come with me, let me be your guide. #medievaltwitter #shakerace 1/25
Lots of you have been working on speaking out, speaking to your students & trying to amplify voices of Scholars of Color in your chosen fields. I say this because I know that there are people listening &learning in fields outside of Medieval Studies. Hi, we support you too. 2/25
Keep doing that.

Today let's talk about what it means to be 'doing the work.' As Dr. Angela Davis says: "in a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." In other words, like @DrIbram notes "the opposite of racist is not 'not racist'". 3/25
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Thread for #MedievalTwitter: there's a new attack video about Dr. Rambaran-Olm by a popular racist vlogger. I watched it this morning, and it shows a few things about the connection btwn/white supremacy and medieval studies that white medievalists need to take srsly.
This dude pretty much has an Alex Jones yelling style, and the video is mostly a live reading of the Post article, with sarcastic interjections about the assault of "cultural Marxists" on "traditional" studies. He conflates "Marxists" and PoC repeatedly.
It starts out anti-Semitic right away, with a quote by a "Jewish Marxist" that he thinks shows the whole Marxist conspiracy, blah blah. He also repeats alt-right talking points about soyboys and lefty "attacks" on masculinity. So. Six basic points.
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Two letters have been found in which the Sengoku warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi recognizes the wife of warrior Munakata Ujisada as lord. The letters, addressed to the lord "Munakata Saikaku," include one with Hideyoshi's monogram and a red seal letter. 📜 #medievaltwitter #medieval
Ujisada died just before Hideyoshi's Kyushu campaigns. One letter praises obstruction of the opposing Shimazu family's progress north within Kyushu & confirm lands, so are likely from 1586. The other orders for consultation with Asano Nagamasa when the Munakata dispatch troops.
Ujisada appears as lord in other records, and other evidence also shows the bestowal of land to his wife-- since the letters are in agreement with these other records, it's likely that the wife herself was "Saikaku" and that she ruled after his death.
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THREAD: There are already regret votes. People who voted NO in haste and have changed their minds but can't vote again. Let me just say something about that. I'm sorry you can't vote again, but there is an important point to illustrate about racism here. 1/10 #medievaltwitter
I voted NO and now I want to change my vote = I voted no because who cares about PoC/marginalized voices dignity and safety, but hear hear, I want to switch my vote thanks to all the white people and big names in the field who have convinced me that times have changed. 2/10
Some of us have been saying for years that the field was rampant with racism. We have experienced, as our brothers and sisters in other fields have, blatant racism, as well as micro/macroaggressions for years. Stealth racism we experience would make some of your heads spin. 3/
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So there has been some discussion about bullying and harassment. We have a history of having academic bullies and by "we" I mean established, senior and even ECR scholars (like the one who did that Beowulf compilation). 1/10 #medievaltwitter #academictwitter
But this starts from the top. Maybe these individuals were bullied and abused and this is cyclical behavior. Maybe they too are also scarred by this abuse, but it's time to stop this. Your students and other scholars fear you and don't respect you. 2/10
You have created an atmosphere of fear. And we have the perfect illustration of how this works. The established "greatest historian in his field under the age of 60" was calling grad students 'twats', calling me an Imperialist and advising people not to listen to @erik_kaars . 3/
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Morning ISAS,
Since I was asked about points I want addressed in an email from someone representing you I will list them here:
1) Write and include a policy on harassment. Be firm with it and quit protecting predators. You owe victims an apology. 1/10 #MedievalTwitter
2) Strip lifetime membership from Sexual Predator. Do not give him more spaces to abuse people.

3) You are finally considering a name-change. It's about time. /2
4) Include ECR on your Board. They have demonstrated time and time again that they are more invested in saving this field than most everyone on that board. Do not dare approach vulnerable MoC/PoC because they do not need the hassle of working with that current board. /3
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THREAD: It’s true. I’ve been running the @GroupBABEL Twitter account for way too long & no one gives a damn. Not to mention that I no longer want to be associated with this group since they attended @KzooICMS 2019 even though Medievalists of Color were iced out. #MedievalTwitter
To be super-frank, I’ve been (heart)sick because of @GroupBABEL’s inattention to divisive issues in the field ever since 2016 when I urged boycotting the Kalamazoo Congress after Allen Frantzen’s misogynist & racist writings came to light, to no avail. I haven’t been back since.
I spent a lot of time in 2016 ranting about Frantzen’s misogyny & racism (& theft of junior colleagues’ work) & also wrote letters to every learned society begging them to censure him, to no avail. But thank you @JonathanHsy, Suzanne Akbari & @muellerale for helping me with that.
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I have been awakened from my slumber here on Twitter to this article circulating YET AGAIN. Numerous scholars have responded in the past - Howard Williams, perhaps, in the most extensive and accessible way - but here we are two years later for some reason.
I want to slowly piece together my own response here, if I may. ‘Slowly’ because... well, among other things, I’m lazy, technologically impaired, and easily distracted. So, here it is, my first twitter thread.
I shall christen it, ‘let’s make this quick: have mercy on me and stop posting that dumb article, a twitter thread made while crying tears of frustration’
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1/ Given how the Int’l. Society of Anglo-Saxonists can’t get its act together to change its name, which is racist, & also has no problem sheltering predators & misogynists who are white men, we need to revisit our intellectual history. #RaceB4Race #MedievalTwitter #ASS
2/ Some scholars favor a name-change because they believe fascist-racist hate groups have misappropriated the subject matter of their field and thus we should distance ourselves from those folk. But others say: it’s not OUR fault that happens & we don’t want to erase our history.
3/ Scholars who believe the only thing wrong with “Anglo-Saxon” is that racist hate groups have appropriated it are terrible scholars, and worse historians. The first 2 attestations in English for “Anglo-Saxonist” are to John Mitchell Kemble (OED) & the 3rd time, in his obituary.
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On imagine souvent (en particulier à l'extrême-droite) le Moyen Âge comme une période de pureté ethnique et raciale. Mais les choses sont plus complexes. Aujourd'hui, explorons la façon dont les Scandinaves pensaient l'altérité raciale... Un thread ⬇️! #Histoire #medievaltwitter
C'est un sujet brûlant car de nombreux suprématistes blancs, aux Etats-Unis en particulier, s'approprient les symboles et l'imaginaire des « Vikings ». Il est donc très important de déconstruire ces récupérations historiques...
Les anciens Scandinaves (non, on ne dit pas « Vikings » ^^) entrent en contact, au fil de leurs explorations et raids, avec des hommes à la peau sombre.
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Hier soir, @France2tv 2 diffusait « la fabuleuse histoire de l'école », avec @bernstephane. La partie sur le Moyen Âge (30 premières minutes) est affligeante : entre erreurs, visions datées et clichés, petit décryptage ! Un thread ⬇️ #histoire #medievaltwitter
@France2tv @bernstephane Bon, d'abord, précisons que visuellement la partie est bien faite. Se centrer sur un chantier est intelligent, ça met à l'honneur le travail des artisans contemporains et l'importance de l'archéologie expérimentale (team #Guédélon !)
@France2tv @bernstephane L'émission cherche également à casser un certain nombre d'idées reçues sur la période médiévale : elle précise par exemple que non, Charlemagne n'a pas inventé l'école...
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The medieval Excel spreadsheet. Quipu made by the Inca could contain complex numerical information and even serve as a form of a relational database. The form, order, and relationship of the knots encodes the information. #GlobalMiddleAges

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The beauty of data in those knot and string structures is simply stunning. It is still debated if they contain (or could contain) non-numerical information. Those ones could date to the 15th C. and show how advanced the data structuring abilities were in the region.
I wonder how many tech gurus think about the fact, that data driven thinking is actually a premodern phenomenon? Quipu, tally sticks, rolls. Looking at the roots of relational data systems is a must for digital practitioners today.
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I hear fairly often how distant #medieval history is from the modern world, how irrelevant our work is, how it's a niche to only talk about dead white people with no connection to now.

And I get that. I do. I have read those books and taken those classes. But.
None of us emerged as medievalists in a vacuum. Ask people on #medievaltwitter how they became a medievalist and all of the reasons are a connection moderated through something or someone else. Those texts, sites, ideologies, people are all present concerns.
We may delve into archives to look at primary documents about people long-dead in Europe, or even about Europe, but what we do with those archives, how those archives came to be, how and why those documents survive, are modern history.
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THREAD on why the new @AfterThePlague1 PNAS paper on sixth-century #plague in Britain is so important, and why we need to pay more attention to the plague in discussions of the early medieval world #medievaltwitter… 1/10
The reach of the First Pandemic (or Justinianic plague) was massive. First recorded in Egypt in 541AD, it spread rapidly to Byzantium, and then further west, reaching Gaul in 543AD, and Ireland in 544AD. We now know that it reached Britain at the same time too 2/10
In addition to the new evidence from Britain, Y. pestis DNA has also been found in several cemeteries in Bavaria, where there are also no historical records of pestilence. This means that we’re probably seriously underestimating just how much of Europe was affected! 3/10
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La dernière saison de #GameofThrones convoque un hiver très long, des zombies, des #dragons et même un dragon zombie. Rien de nouveau sous le soleil : c'est déjà la recette du Ragnarök des mythes nordiques médiévaux. Un thread ⬇️ ! #histoire #MedievalTwitter
L'article du jour a été écrit par Jules Piet, doctorant à l'Université de Strasbourg (@unistra) et à l'Université d'Islande. Spéciale dédicace à la @GuildePerouges puisqu'on s'était rencontrés en octobre lors de Fest'Ain d'Histoire !
Le grand poème mythologique Völuspa, conservé dans un manuscrit de la fin du XIIIe siècle, annonce que le Ragnarök commencera par le fimbulvetr, un atroce hiver de trois ans, durant lequel les familles s’entre déchireront dans des guerres. #winteriscoming
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OK folks a few more thoughts for #MedievalTwitter on that NYT article as #Kzoo2019 approaches. [THREAD] #LitPOC #NotAMonk
1/ I’m glad that the #NotAMonk convos are pointing out problems with the NYT article's opening quote (Richard Utz, prominent white male medievalist, “speaking for” the field as if it were “apolitical” and as if monks were apolitical — in the past or present).
2/ But such convos are still uneven in naming the harms of such framing: this kind of statement is part of a continued pattern of sidelining marginalized medievalists (esp. BIPOC) and casting such ppl/allies as “inappropriately” political or “imposing” on an innocent field.
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Aujourd'hui et demain, on vous propose un « livetweet » du colloque « Transferts culturels : France et Orient latin, XIIe-XIIIe siècles », un gros colloque international co-organisé par @EstelleIngrandV et Martin Aurell. Suivez le thread ! ⬇️🙂 #histoire #medievaltwitter
Le colloque se tient au @CESCM_7302 de Poitiers (co-organisé avec @Stanford). Bon il fait gris et au niveau température on a juste l'impression d'être mi-octobre, mais à part ça, tout va bien... 😉
J'interviens vendredi matin (c'est Florian [Besson] aux manettes, au passage) et vu que c'est vraiment un colloque pile dans mon sujet de recherche (d'où ma présence #logique #cestlematin), je me suis dit que ce livetweet pouvait vous intéresser...
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