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Aujourd’hui, c’est l’Ascension: un beau week-end de quatre jours en perspective...! Mais n'y aurait-il pas un peu trop de jours fériés...? Ce discours, porté ajd par le Medef par exemple, existe déjà au Moyen Âge. Un thread⬇️! #histoire #medievaltwitter Image
Il faut dire que les jours chômés sont alors nombreux. D'abord, les dimanches, puis une quantité croissante de fêtes liturgiques. Leur nombre varie en fonction des moments et des régions mais peut atteindre jusqu'à un tiers de l'année !
À partir du XIIe siècle, les spécialistes du droit canonique essaient de se mettre d’accord sur une liste complète et universelle des jours fériés. Gratien propose ainsi tous les dimanches et 36 jours de fêtes dédiées au Christ, à la Vierge, à quelques grands saints Image
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Le hashtag #SaccageParis attire l'attention sur la saleté de la capitale : ordures, couleur de la Seine, air pollué... Un vieux problème, que les autorités médiévales prenaient très au sérieux. Un thread ⬇️! #histoire #medievaltwitter
D'abord : oui, il y a de la pollution au Moyen Âge. Ce n'est pas la même que la nôtre (pas de gaz à effet de serre, pas de plastique...), mais elle existe. La saleté et la pollution font partie du ressenti des contemporains
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Cette pollution passe d'abord par... les défections, humaines ou animales. Dans le Paris médiéval, les sanitaires sont très rares, les égouts sont pratiquement abandonnés jusqu'au XIIIe siècle.
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Tuesday

Shelley P. Haley - "Re-imagining Classics: Audre Lorde Was Right"

Scott Manning Stevens - "Early Modern Indigenous Chronologies"

Jared Rodriguez - “Anti-Blackness, Medieval Studies, and Other Religions of Latin Christian Coloniality”

Q&A with Dan-El Padilla Peralta
Wednesday 1

Lubaaba Al-Azami - "Remembering Hans Sloane: Decolonial Disruptions to Archival Violence"

Lyra D. Monteiro - "What’s in a Column? Liberation Archaeology and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy"
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La « #PMApourtoutes » se fait encore attendre. Mais pas besoin d’attendre 2021 pour trouver des femmes qui se débrouillent pour avoir un bébé entre elles – du moins dans la fiction... La preuve avec un poème irlandais du XIIe siècle ! Un thread ⬇️! #histoire #medievaltwitter Image
Ce texte, conservé dans un manuscrit appelé le Book of Leinster, met en scène un roi irlandais du VIIIe siècle, Niall Frosach, donnant audience lors d’une foire. Vient le voir une femme avec un bébé, qui a l’air bien embêtée... Image
Cette femme jure en effet n’avoir pas couché avec un homme depuis des années : elle demande alors au roi d’utiliser son « pouvoir royal » pour trouver la vérité et lui dire qui est « le père charnel de cet enfant ». Image
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I recently discovered that the phrase "curry favor" comes from a medieval French *musical* about bestiality.

CW: thread contains image of a nun cleaning the horse's penis. #MedievalTwitter
The entire narrative is an allegory--with songs!--about sinfulness, in which a horse named Fauvel becomes powerful through the help of Dame Fortune, so much so that anyone wanting his favor has to brush him and clean up his shit.
The "currying" part comes from a section where people seek the powerful Fauvel's favor by currying (grooming) him (like the modern term "curry-comb"). We are told explicitly this involved cleaning up his dung.

This gets....graphic.
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The trans & genderqueer saints' stickers have officially landed and I am 😍😍😍

We'll be giving sets away for free as part of the online launch for the Trans and Genderqueer Subjects collection, so keep an eye out for more details if you'd like to snag a set! #MedievalTwitter A set of five stickers on a white sheet: a Gothic pillar wit
@MxComan's cover art looks so awesome as stickerd! I spotted the graffiti'd pillar on a lockdown walk a little while back, at the boundary of the Houses of Parliament - a powerful image showing inscription of trans lives on history & the affirmation of trans lives in politics
Big thanks to @SegoAG for the digital edits to isolate the images!
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Pour apprendre les arts martiaux médiévaux, rien de tel qu’un manuel ! Il n’y a pas mort d’homme ! Enfin… sauf peut-être avec notre œuvre du mois ! ⚔️#medievaltwitter
Ce Traité de combat est divisé en 3 sections et vise à donner une vision globale de toutes les techniques. Il y a de quoi faire : de l’épée à la dague, toutes les armes y sont représentées !
Savoir se battre n’est pas utile qu’en temps de guerre ! Tournois, duels judiciaires ou querelles, les occasions ne manquent pas au #MoyenAge.
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A reminder that the UK historically pushed the myth of an "Anglo-Saxon race" in America.

This 1891 American op-ed complains that the British are stoking this racial myth in order to make Americans feel like they are natural allies of the UK. #MedievalTwitter Screenshot of the North American Review from 1891 reads &quo
This author, John Fleming, is hardly arguing against racism: he just doesn't like the racial narrative of America being an "Anglo-Saxon" country bc he thinks it leaves out a bunch of other white ppl. Screenshot of article reads "Is it necessary, in order
Fleming argues that British writers are trying to popularize the narrative of "Anglo-Saxon superiority" in America because they see the US becoming dominant on the world stage and want to merely claim that it is a "young branch of the Anglo-Saxon race." Screenshot of article reads "Those great writers are En
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I was meant to be on a roundtable @ White Rose Conference sponsored by York @WRMedieval but after all these events & seeing how hostile ppl like Guy Halsall still are, I don't think it's safe for BIPOC/marginalized folk to be there. I've pulled out of that event. #medievaltwitter
I fully support the organizers and I am saddened to let them down bc what they are working for is so important but I think my &other marginalized folks' safety is important particularly w/ scholarly activism. It also doesn't speak well of the dept. As Dr. Hendricks has
wisely recommended, we should excise hostile, racist ppl from our lives. Hopefully there will be future opportunities to work w/ some of the good folk but if @yorkmedieval is serious abt antiracism then they will have to work hard.
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Il paraît que les confinements à répétition font exploser les ventes de sex-toys... L'objet est très ancien et apparaît de temps en temps dans des textes médiévaux. Par exemple dans un fabliau de Jean Bodel, à la fin du XIIe siècle. Un thread ⬇️! #histoire #medievaltwitter
Dans ce texte, intitulé Le Sohait des Vez, l'auteur met en scène un couple qui se retrouve après une longue absence. Les deux s'embrassent, mangent ensemble, s'aiment visiblement tendrement - ce qui est rare dans les fabliaux... !
En réalité, la femme espère de son mari un « autre plaisir » : cela fait « deux mois que je ne me suis pas couchée avec lui ni lui avec moi », dit-elle. Elle est donc sur des charbons ardents et ne pense qu'à la nuit qui doit suivre...
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I don't think I ever showed this letter from the Chief Exec officer at ASU who sent this to announce that a donor had given #RaceB4Race $$$ in honor of me, which will serve as awards for students, scholars & the org. It's from last year but I'm reminded of this
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as academic conference season is rolling in. I see lots of people torn about conference fees and want to remind ppl that #RaceB4Race has always been free and accessible (even online as well as pre-pandemic).
So if you have funds, why not donate to ensure that conferences like #RACEB4RACE can continue to support underrepresented communities in premodern studies?
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With joyous fanfare, @chantermestuet & I can announce that Trans & Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography is officially out now with @AmsterdamUPress! #MedievalTwitter Trans and Genderqueer Subje...
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As promised, as an expert on the Harrowing, here's your lesson on parallels between @LilNasX LilNasX's Montero song/video & the 10th-cent. Old English poem 'John the Baptist's Prayer' (JP for short). You'll see how LilNasX is a savior figure & similar imagery. #medievaltwitter ImageImage
Before we even get into details we see some non-binary bodies referenced, which is an allusion to Plato's work. See here:
In the Old English JP-poem, we get ambiguous pronoun use in the FIRST LINE. The poem starts in media res & in the early hours of the morning where a group of women (described as "him") are mourning their Prince's death. Snippets taken from my book. ImageImageImage
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I just published "Decolonizing Language: Unshackling “Dark” & “Black” from Metaphoric Representations of Negative Attributes" : an invitation to World Peace through language link.medium.com/In15TEiz1eb

#medievaltwitter #decolonizeyourmind @brockbahler @philewell @ISASaxonists
By way of abstract...
1/ The issue, as I see it, is NOT that the words "black", "dark", or even "Negro" are themselves slurs; they are , in fact NOT slurs. Rather , the problem is that in a world that is so saturated in anti-blackness, both historically and now, especially, ...
2/ ... even otherwise "neutral" color terms —especially terms that denote blackness or darkness, even, and especially when they refer to people— absorb, in the popular imagination, negative connotations becuase every day, ordinary language persistently reinforces ...
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The medieval historian @monicaMedHist has transformed our understanding of the #BlackDeath. In the midst of a global pandemic, the stakes for understanding how pandemics happen couldn't be higher. Now @SmithsonianMag.

Please read and RT! smithsonianmag.com/history/did-bl…
@monicaMedHist @SmithsonianMag Green's work is important for its own sake: The Black Death is one of the few things people generally learn about the Middle Ages, but the story we've been teaching wasn't complete. Green has added a whole new 13th-century component to our narrative here. #medievaltwitter
@SmithsonianMag But in the context of living through our own global pandemic, the stakes are raised, the relevance intensified.
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🧵My favorite article rn & one that's a must-read for the entire of #medievaltwitter is Dr. Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez's @Archaeofiend's "Colonial representations of race in alternative museums: The ‘African’ of St Benet’s, the ‘Arab’ of Jorvik, and the ‘Black Viking.’"
As an Indigenous scholar at the forefront of heritage studies @Archaeofiend's article follows his research at the Jorvik Center where he examines the impact that displays, descriptions & terms have on the public, specifically in England. All of this matters in terms of
decolonization & history. A challenge for us as visitors/scholars, etc. is to be more perceptive abt how museums are presenting history. What is fact &why? As @Archaeofiend reminds us, museums can be used as vehicles of social change, but "will never remove their colonial roots."
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#MedievalTwitter #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC This is a PSA for an incident that happened earlier that smacked of some overt misogynoir. A bunch of those tweets have been erased but I am tweeting now to discuss some things related to ideas of BIPOC scholars & "rigor." 1/
#MedievalTwitter #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC There are certain premodern study "skills" or "areas" that white premodern studies loves to wave around as the only way to go & use it as some sort of cudgel for gatekeeping that smacks of a kind of "white premodern only" 2/
#MedievalTwitter #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC so people are in "shock" when premodern BIPOC scholars actually have these skills and in spades. One of them is often book history, material book culture, paleography etc. But the other one discussed is "philology". 3/
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Here's a short thread to exemplify how the term "Anglo-Saxon" is used to mean 'wyte', associated w/ wyte supremacy & misused not only by Americans but equally by British ppl, & also scholars. Before you steal my work, cite me. Here we go: #medievaltwitter 1/
Lots of the examples here are from the past few years, most recently this week tho. I'll try & explain as I go. Let's start with this one educator who resents having to say the words "Old English" instead of "Anglo-Saxon." Imagine being resentful over that. #medievaltwitter 2/
British ppl claiming they are "Anglo-Saxon" without actually understanding what that means (what does that mean?). The misconception is that ONLY wyte supremacists are using this. You are wrong. #medievaltwitter 3/
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On continue notre travail de fact-checking de l'émission « La belle histoire de France » animée par Franck Ferrand et Marc Menant sur CNEWS. Dimanche dernier, c'était sur les Mérovingiens, de Dagobert à Pépin le Bref. Décryptage et critique ⬇️! #histoire #medievaltwitter
1' [Christine Kelly] « on aura de la violence aussi ? » [F. Ferrand] « pas mal, du sang, du sang, du sang ! »

Record battu : moins d'une minute et on est déjà en plein dans le cliché du Moyen Âge sanglant, brutal, violent. Une idée qui revient en permanence dans l'émission...
On comprend bien pourquoi : c'est à la fois confortable et vendeur. Historiquement, cela n'a aucun intérêt : les historiens ne se demandent pas si une période était violente (toutes le sont !), mais comment chaque période a pensé, régulé, pratiqué la violence
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Le dernier épisode de « La belle histoire de France », animé par Franck Ferrand sur @CNEWS, portait sur la période des "grandes invasions". Comme le précédent, c'est un mélange d'erreurs, de clichés et de visions politiquement orientées. Un thread ⬇️! #medievaltwitter #histoire
Des erreurs, d'abord. Par exemple ici :

"A Andrinople, les Wisigoths ont carrément mis en fuite l'empereur romain d'Orient Valens" (03'51)

Jolie boulette, car lors de la bataille d'Andrinople l'empereur Valens est "carrément"... tué. Oupsy.
"les Alains viennent d'Iran, comme vous pouvez le voir..." (4'47)

Les Alains sont effectivement un peuple originaire de l'actuel Iran, mais à ce moment-là Franck Ferrand montre l'Ukraine ou le sud-ouest de la Russie. Vivement qu'il anime une émission de géographie... !
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Emmanuel #Macron, président « jupitérien » ? Lui-même n'a employé la formule qu'une seule fois, mais elle a vite envahi les médias. Or cette comparaison entre un dirigeant et les dieux de l'Antiquité a une longue histoire... ! Un thread ⬇️ #histoire #medievaltwitter
On pourrait bien sûr penser à la manière dont Louis XIV s'est comparé à Apollon, construisant sa légitimité autour de l'image du « roi Soleil ». Mais ces rapprochements sont également utilisés dès le Moyen Âge !
Vers la fin du XIIe siècle, Pierre d'Eboli, chroniqueur du sud de l'Italie, écrit un éloge de l'empereur Henri VI, sur commande du chancelier impérial. L'empereur y est souvent appelé « Jupiter Tonnant » et son épouse « Junon ».
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To India! We go together with one of the most original minds of the late antique and early medieval world: Cosmas Indicopleustes. Cosmas thought that the world was a box. He thought that god resided in its lid. But he also travelled a large part of that box! 1/ #medievaltwitter
Cosmas was born at the end of the fifth or the beginning of the sixth century probably in Alexandria, the great city of Roman Egypt. We actually don’t know his real name, Cosmas the India-Sailor is a monicker he got around 9th century. 2/
We know though that he became a merchant in Constantinople. From there he traveled south to Egypt and then to the kingdom of Aksum, modern day Ethiopia. He is best informed about the topography of the region and there is little doubt that he visited it in person. 3/
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Comparing Trump to the Avignon papacy, with lots of discussion from Joëlle Rollo-Koster. To read later. #medievaltwitter
at least he asked a medievalist.
I don't think it's an accurate analogy but it may be a useful analogy
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Have I got a *wild* medieval story for you.

A woman sleeps with someone in exchange for presents, and her husband gets mad. So she sets out to prove that her husband would ALSO allow a man to have sex with him in exchange for presents. #MedievalTwitter Image
This is a 13th-century German story by a writer named Dietrich of the Glezze/Gletze.

And it is a LOT. It's also a fascinating insight in how complicated medieval ideas of sexuality and gender could be.

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So. There's a married couple, both beautiful and virtuous. One day, while her husband is gone, the woman is sitting in her garden. A strange knight passes by, is lovestruck by her beauty, and approaches her. Basically, he confesses his love and begs her for sex.
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