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March 30, 2010

Clash of the Trivia - Week of March 29

What was unusual about the trial of Pope Formosus, held in 897? (And, no, the question doesn't have anything to do with the trivia title theme this week, sorry.)

Please send trivia responses by email to umn.cms.trivia@gmail.com

March 24, 2010

Medieval Studies Workshop - Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m.

Medieval Images of the Seven Deadly Sins: Their Survival in Reformation England

03-31-10-Carlson.jpgEric Carlson is a professor of History at Gustavus Adolphus College. Carlson has published three books: Marriage and the English Reformation (1994), 'Practical Divinity': The Works and Life of Revd Richard Greenham (with Kenneth L. Parker, 1998), and (as editor and contributor) Religion and the English People 1500-1640: New Voices/New Perspectives (1998). He also published several articles and essays on aspects of 16th and 17th century English religion, most notably the controversial "Clerical Marriage and the English Reformation (1992), "The origins, function, and status of the office of churchwarden, with particular reference to the diocese of Ely" (1995), "The Boring of the Ear: Shaping the Pastoral Practice of Preaching in England, 1540-1640" (2001), and "Good Pastors or Careless Shepherds? Parish Ministers and the English Reformation" (2003).

In preparation for this talk, please familiarize yourself with this short reading from Christopher Marlowe's Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

March 23, 2010

Erik Carlson awarded John Leyerle-CARA Prize

Erik Carlson, a fourth-year PhD student in English has won the John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research, a fellowship sponsored by The Medieval Academy of America. The fellowship only goes to one student in an international competition, and is for $1000.00 dollars to fund a research trip to use the collections at the University of Toronto. Erik will use the collections of Toronto's Dictionary of Old English project for research related to his dissertation on the emotion of fear in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture.

How to Train Your Trivia - Week of March 22

According to the hadith narrated by Abu Sa'id, and transmitted by Tirmidhi, how many poisonous dragons will torment an unbeliever in his grave until the time of resurrection?

Please send trivia responses by email to umn.cms.trivia@gmail.com.

Minnesotans at Kalamazoo 2010

We have a very impressive presence at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo this year. Please join us in supporting and congratulating such an impressive range of research by UMN professors and students.

The following session is sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies:

Session 100: Early Medievalisms: 1600 to 1900

There will also be two special sessions in honor of William D. Phillips and Carla Rahn Phillips
Session 316: Spain and the Sea, presided by Bernard S. Bachrach
Session 378: Contributions to Comparative Work, presided by Barbara A. Hanawalt,

Numerous students and faculty of the University of Minnesota will be presenting at the congress:

Session 14
"Von Norwaege über sê ein Koufschiff": The Spatial Construction of the
Foreign and the Familiar in Gottfried's Tristan and Tristrams saga ok Ísöndar
Adam Oberlin, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 24
Languages in Contact: Perception and Use of French and Dutch in the Medieval County of Flanders
Catherina Peersman, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 28
Institutionalizing Medieval Lay Religious Women's Communities
Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris

Session 106
Le reconstrucción de poemas épicos basados en la evidencia cronística
Benjamin Smith, Minnesota State Univ.-Moorhead

Session 138
Researching the Indian Contribution to Medieval Cooking and Medicine
Rachel Wexelbaum, St. Cloud State Univ.

Session 138
Sirat Bani Hilal: A Surviving Tradition
Donald Swanbeck, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 175
The Angevin Way of War: Geoffrey Plantagenet's Military Operations in Family Perspective
Bernard S. Bachrach, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 196
Robert Southwell at Kalamazoo
Response: John Watkins, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 208
In the Shadow of Zengi: Diplomatic Relations between Damascus and the
Crusader States during the Reign of King Fulk of Jerusalem
Basit Hammad Qureshi, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 230
A panel discussion with Lourdes María Álvarez, Catholic Univ. of America;
Michelle Hamilton, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities;

Session 247
Creating a Supportive Environment for Undergraduate Research
Christopher Corley, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato

Session 258
Re-gendering John Mirk's Festial
Gabriel Hill, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 316
The Capture of the Merchant Galley of Daniel Spinola: What Was Valuable in
the Late Thirteenth Century?
Lawrence V. Mott, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 319
Mapping Conquest: The Bounds of England in Accounts of the Battle of
Hastings from the Long Twelfth Century
Christopher Flack, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 327
Derivations of the Germanic Suffix -ster: Its Origin and Survival in Germanic Languages
Paul Peterson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 327
Heinzel and the Vienna Notker Psalms
Adrienne Damiani, Univ. of California-Berkeley

Session 327
Ulfilas's Vocabulary of Fear: Fright and Awe in Gothic
Erik A. Carlson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 329
Mothers and the Physical Expression of Emotions
Respondent: Christopher Corley, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato

Session 334
Trading Spaces: Negotiating Social Boundaries in the French Fabliaux
Rachel D. Gibson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 360
Transformations of Reading through the Scholastic Encyclopedia: Citations of
Hrabanus Maurus's De laudibus sanctae crucis in the Manuscripts of Vincent of
Beauvais's Speculum maius
Mary Franklin-Brown, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 367
Landscape and Imagination in Egil's Saga
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris

Session 379
Gregory IX and the Crusades
Michael Lower, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 387
Chastisements in the Vestry after Mass: Reform and Resistance in Lárentíus
saga biskups
Elizabeth M. Swedo, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 509
Conduct Unbecoming? Malory, Chivalry, and Friendship in Morte Darthur
Lindsay A. R. Craig

Session 533
"It is enough to make the dead rise out of their graves!": Tolkien, Oliphant, and
Gendered Conventions of the Supernatural
Sharin Schroeder, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 540
Forensic Philology: An Examination of the Vienna Notker Psalms Codex
Michel van der Hoek, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

March 17, 2010

The Girl with the Trivia Tattoo - Week of March 15

According to Saxo Grammaticus (and others), who rescued Þóra borgarhjörtr, daughter of the Earl of Gotland, from the lindworm that encircled her home?

Please send trivia responses by email to umn.cms.trivia@gmail.com.

March 9, 2010

Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.

03-23-10-Nirenberg2.jpgDavid Nirenberg, the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will talk to us about "The Letter Kills: Dangers of "Judaism" in Medieval Poetry, Painting and Politics." Much of his work has focused on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures constitute themselves by inter-relating with or thinking about each other. His first book, Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1998), studied social interaction between the three groups within the context of Spain and France in order to understand the role of violence in shaping the possibilities for coexistence. His more recent work has taken a less anthropological and more hermeneutical approach, exploring the work that "Judaism," "Christianity," and "Islam" do as figures in each other's thought about the nature of language and the world. The talk will be held at 4:00 p.m. in 140 Nolte Center.

Trivia Zone - Week of March 8

According to the 10th century scholar Al-Qadl Abu-Qasim at-Tanukhi, Al-Mansur's palace in Baghdad was surmounted by a green dome, and atop the dome was a statue. What did the statue depict and what was its significance?

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March 3, 2010

Alice in Trivialand - Week of March 1

In the late eleventh century, what two Catalan noblemen had a falling out over an inheritance dispute that led to the one dying in a "hunting accident" and the other ceding the inheritance to the dead man's son before undertaking a pilgrimage to Jerusalem that coincided with the First Crusade?

As there were no correct responses, the following hint is provided: The two individuals in question were twin brothers. The question was also edited slightly as it originally read "dead man's brother" rather than "dead man's son," and while I could make a technical argument for that being true, it was unfortunately a confusing mistake.

Please send trivia responses by email to umn.cms.triva@gmail.com.