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King Arthur & Oxford

July 2nd, 2013
The Boy's King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Edited for Boys by Sidney Lanier

The Boy’s King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Edited for Boys by Sidney Lanier

From the BBC article:

A medieval tome which popularised the story of King Arthur is thought to have been written in a lost Oxford chapel.
Researchers now believe Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain was penned at St George’s chapel, before it was demolished to make way for Oxford Castle.
Deeds from the time have revealed the Welsh scholar was serving canon there when writing the chronicle in 1136.
Professor Helen Fulton called it an “exciting” find.
Charters and deeds dating from 1129 to 1151 signed by Geoffrey and countersigned by the Archdeacon of Oxford have been analysed by experts.
The chapel was a teaching base for Oxford students, and Geoffrey indicates in the paperwork his profession as a “magister” – meaning teacher.
Prof Fulton, a professor of medieval literature at the University of York and an expert in Arthurian literature, called it a “new piece of the jigsaw in the quest to trace the origins of the Arthurian legends”.
“He would have been based there when he wrote his famous Latin chronicle, Historia Regum Britanniae,” she said.
“It was Geoffrey who introduced the figures of King Arthur and Merlin to a wide medieval readership and paved the way for the enormous popularity of the Arthurian legends in later centuries, right up to modern times.”

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New Term Officially Recognised

July 2nd, 2013

99px-CF46618267_109996904033When a term or phrase gets into the Oxford English Dictionary you know that it’s for real: whatever it refers to really does exist.

I have denied the existence of this particular phenomenon for years, but now the BBC tells me that:

“Last month, this distinctive style [of dancing] was officially recognised when the phrase “dad dancing” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Its definition: “An awkward, unfashionable, or unrestrained style of dancing to pop music, as characteristically performed by middle-aged or older men.”

If you must, you can watch a video on the BBC site that illustrates the phenomenon, and some nice daughters who are trying to help their dads get over this handicap.