Unfortunately, I got smothered by autumn leaves before I could offer “Quid Plura?” readers the annual Thanksgiving exercise in applied paleobromatology, such as last year’s medieval Islamic carrot jam, or candied Baghdad lamb, or medieval hogdepodge duck gone awry, or that much-googled classic, galangal ale.
Still, I’m grateful for those of you who stop by, and I’m equally thankful to the people who make the Internet a perpetual buffet of tidbits about art, books, history, and life. Settle in with a plate of leftovers—and these links—and stuff the cornucopia of your mind.
The Washington Independent Review reads Kimberly Cutter’s new Joan of Arc novel.
Weirdly, late medieval paintings of martyrs have become a hot commodity.
At the British Library, Book Haven browses royal manuscripts.
Steve Donoghue (whose reading time I envy) explores The Age of Bede.
Steve also wonders: Will we ever see a King Charles III?
I may need to check out Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier’s Middle Ages.
Patricia Emison remembers the Renaissance, and wants you to do the same.
Dr. Beachcomber seeks big bones in churches.
Anecdotal Evidence praises the worth of the hunt.
First Known When Lost finds Herrick in the teriyaki.
The Silver Key remembers pulp writer Harold Lamb.
Dylan pens “Viva Voce,” a nonsense rhyme that makes sense to me.
Lingwë wonders what Samwise Gamgee meant by “neekerbreekers.”
Collected Miscellany asks: Are All the Giants Dead?
Classical Bookworm hops the Bulgarian book bus.
Laudator Temporis Acti meets the First Earl of Balfour, bibliophile.
Wuthering Expectations hosts those two German horrors, Max und Moritz.
Adrian Murdoch likes a review of an Elagabalus biography.
For a police thriller with a Garden State twist, check out Steven Hart’s We All Fall Down.
A Momentary Taste reviews The Revisionists.
Thinking about the lack of novels about work, Bibliographing revisits “Office Space.”
Jake Seliger thinks too few students think thoughts of their own.
Lee Goldberg notes a spy writer who plagiarized damn near everything.
Cinerati suggests interesting kids in myth and history with Badass of the Week.
ZMKC jogs ’round Gellert Hill in Budapest.
Gabriele at Lost Fort tours castles in Thuringia.
As a Linguist paints a portrait of a polyglot.
Pete Lit links to a basketball sonnet.
Intelligent Life weighs up Warhol.
Philip A. Lobo reviews the game Bastion.
Ephemeral New York spots sheep heads on East 13th.