“Names are not always what they seem. The common Welsh name BZJXXLLWCP is pronounced Jackson.” Puddinhead Wilson (Mark Twain, Following the Equator) For an English speaker, Welsh is not easy. The following is a quick guide: a ‘ah’ as in
I spent twenty years telling myself I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. I told myself I wasn’t a visual person. I don’t paint and photoshop is beyond me, but I know when something is beautiful and right.
It is a stereotype that women in the Middle Ages had two career options: mother or holy woman, with prostitute or chattel filling in the gaps between those two. Whether we like it or not, for the most part this stereotype is accurate
I don’t usually link to all my guest posts, but today, David Gaughran (I was one of the authors featured in his book, ‘Let’s Get Digital’) is special and a friend. ________________ A New Strategy for a New Year –
Wikipedia is blacked out today. Here’s why: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SOPA_logo.png I am opposed to internet piracy. I make my living off my books and if people pirate my books, they don’t pay me. At the same time, I see no point in
Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn was a contemporary of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales who died in 1282. He was father to Owain, who with Dafydd ap Gruffydd, Llywelyn’s brother, conspired to murder Llywelyn in 1274. Gruffydd was born sometime
On Christmas Day in 1175, William de Braose, a Marcher lord (the 4th Lord of Bramber), summoned Seisyll ap Dyfnwal, Seisyll’s eldest son, Geoffrey, and a number of other local leading Welshmen from Gwent to Abergavenny Castle to hear a royal proclamation.
The idea of ‘Robin Hood’–one who steals from the rich and gives to the poor–or even someone who is on the side of the weak and downtrodden against the unjust ruler, is very old. One of my favorite books, Sherwood by
Medieval lords had castle accounts, right? On what were these written? Did they call them paper, or parchment? Were they made of dried skins, linen, paper? Account books could have been made of paper, which was viewed as less sturdy
This is Sir Taran ap Deiniol (my son) wearing a full coif and tunic of crocheted mail. The ‘ap’ in his name means ‘son of’ for the Welsh. If he were a girl, the ‘ap’ would become ‘ferch’, meaning ‘daughter