Historical Medieval swordsmanship based on the teachings of Master Johannes Liechtenauer with the German Longsword. Additionally, there are sword and buckler combinations, polehammers, and dussacks. This is the stuff the knights in armor were taught to survive with. These photos are from a demonstration the Bridgewater College Comitatus club gave at a local elementary school. 

This is the third time this picture has made it into local newspapers. Thats me on the left! This time a good year or two after it was taken! At the time we were giving a lecture and demonstration on Medieval swordsmanship and other weaponry at a local elementary school. The kids loved it (especially the sparring) and were a great audience. Now were giving a free lecture and demonstration at our college open to the surrounding community.

The Transparency and Translation of Scribal Culture

Marshall McLuhan’s discussion of the move from reading aloud to a post-printing press development of silent reading led me back to thinking about manuscripts and the kinds of scripts of finds in them. Particularly, I was thinking about the spacing issue. Reading aloud perhaps facilitates the careful distinguishing of individual words, which requires a slower approach to the text. Obviously, these texts often lacked regular punctuation too. Punctuation, spelling, and spacing were not common features of text until later.

For example, here is a section of a manuscript page from an eighth century psalter written in an uncial script (British Library, Cotton Vespasian A 1, f.53r):

What I find especially interesting is the discussion of simplification. McLuhan writes, “It is easy to gauge the degree of acceptance of print culture in any time or country by its effect in eliminating pun, point, alliteration, and aphorism from literature.” (118) McLuhan is pointing to the fact that the shift from oral to textual culture means that mnemonics and other memory techniques such as rhyme and alliteration are no longer necessary because one does not need to retain the words in quite the same way. However, thinking back to matters of orality, there is also an issue of cementing that occurs. Just look at Alfred’s translation of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, a text he felt was important for all men to know. His ‘translation’ was not the faithful kind of translation we think of in modern textual culture. He translated ideas as much as words. Boethius’s text obviously concerns itself with issues of predestination, providence, and fortune. Alfred takes some of these themes, but reorients them around matters of the comitatus ethic. In other words, concerns of loyalty to the group, leadership, and community. I mentioned in a post last week the interlacing of themes and mythic figures in Beowulf. This is a similar concept. The oral quality of the culture permits the blending of ideas in a way that concrete text does not. Memory is no longer the key issue. So, texts become concrete narratives or treatises that today we would not dare rewrite or restructure, even when translating.

McLuhan relates these ideas to transparency and Gothic architecture. He discusses the perceptual issue of light either coming through or onto a text. The ideas transmitted by a text were not on the page so much as coming through it. McLuhan writes, “After Gutenberg the new visual intensity will require light on everything. And its idea of space and time will change to regard them as containers to be filled with objects or activities.” (123) Obviously, this is how modern readers view the page. It contains ideas, a notion very much connected to how we read the page and how we participate in receiving the concepts in the text. There is no active auditory/verbal engagement – at least not in the same way as there was in scribal culture.

Works Cited:

McLuhan, Marshall. The Gutenberg Galaxy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Comitatus faz homenagem a George Harrison no Bourbon Street

Comitatus faz homenagem a George Harrison no Bourbon Street


A banda Comitatus foi criada para reproduzir da forma mais fiel as músicas dos Beatles e comemorar sua influência no rock internacional.

Dia 25 de fevereiro seria aniversário de George Harrison. Uma grande homenagem ao músico será feita, lembrando a trajetória e o repertório excepcional, incluindo canções de sua fase nos Beatles e de sua carreira solo.

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Unferth doubly damns a doomed Beowulf (ll.520-528)

In this week’s #Beowulf #translation & #commentary, Unferth wraps up his damning & dooming of Beowulf. >

Unferth’s biting conclusion
Normal words spiced with speculation

A medieval depiction of a donkey. An apt animal for Unferth.

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Unferth finishes his account of Beowulf and Breca’s swimming match before predicting Beowulf’s doom at the hands of Grendel.

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“‘Then he sought his dear father land
those dear to him, the land of…

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“I am the Creator”: Birgitta of Sweden’s Feminine Divine

by Yvonne Bruce

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 32(1) (2001)


Critical writings about Saint Birgitta of Sweden (1302/3–1373) adopt a curious tone: the literature marvels at her wide-reaching political, ecclesiastical, and secular influence, remarkable for a woman even in an age that saw Saint Catherine of Siena and Julian of Norwich achieve religious authority while maintaining popular appeal. Yet this marvel is checked by hesitation; surely no fourteenth-century mystic could have achieved such authoritative status except as an orthodox agent of the church, and historians have typically been cautious of seeing Birgitta as a forerunner of the Reformation. Ingvar Fogelqvist, for example, is reluctant to “judge the later Middle Ages through the viewpoint of the Protestant Reformation,” yet his own study of “apostasy and reform” in Birgitta’s Revelations reveals the saint’s struggles between old ideas and “new reformatory ones.” Joan Bechtold attributes Birgitta’s articulation of the feminine to “internal struggle, rather than … simple acquiescence” to a masculine ideology, but negates her “feminist victories” by asserting that she “rose to power by defending a system created by men more fervently than did her male counterparts”; a few lines later, Bechtold notes that Birgitta’s aristocratic background partly “explains the restraint she felt towards any subversive visionary or political activity.”

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The Trump Juggernaut Stumbles On

The Trump Juggernaut Stumbles On

Donald Trump’s quixotic presidential campaign continues to stumble upward, as the fumble-mouthed vanity candidate continues to rack up points in the polls, which now puts Trump in first place with 18 percent of the potential Republican primary vote,  4.2 percent ahead of Jeb Bush, as summarized by Real Clear Politics today. Aside from any mundane philosophical considerations, such as his…

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Name: Klaw Comitatus

Grade: Elite 5

Level: 28

Attempts: 1

Comments: I was wrong thinking he’s just a quick stop before Taran. The first time I attacked him, the 2 helpers on his sides and the 2 on the road aggro’d. After a lot of kiting, I finally shook them off. Was hard in such a small area.
Patriot Movement Paramilitaries in Oregon - Rural Organizing Project
In April 2015, armed right-wing paramilitaries converged on a mining claim in the Galice Mining District near Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon. Organizationally, it was a combination of different parts of what is called the Patriot movement: militias, 3%ers, Sovereign Citizens, and the Oath Keepers.

Oregon has a long and deep history of extreme right and far right organizing. The state had racial exclusion laws in the nineteenth century and elected a Klan-backed governor in the 1920s. In the 1930s, hundreds of Oregonians belonged to the pro-Nazi Silver Shirts organization, while in the 1940s, Oregonians of Japanese descent were sent to internment camps. In the 1970s, a Portland veteran of the Silver Shirts, Henry Lamont “Mike” Beach, became the most important publicist for Posse Comitatus. Chapters were established in a half-dozen counties, including Lane County, and in 1976 Posse members briefly took over a farm in Stanfield, Oregon.