The other Monk has been busy over at Monk's Modern Medieval Cuisine. He has produced two new things related to the Benedictine monks of St Andrew's Priory, Rochester.
First, a video about a flan. Yes, every Easter the beloved brethren of Rochester gave a delicious dairy flan to one of their chief servants, the master miller (who doubled up as the master baker). So follow the video below to find out how you can make it yourself. Needless to say, I have already had a piece. There have to be some perks to this job.
And, secondly, he has just written a post about the monastic consumption of quadrupeds! Oh, blessed ones, I must right now, if you would permit me, indulge in a shiver of embarrassment, nay shame, for my Rochester brothers have succumbed to eating meat on a regular basis. (Back of hand to head moment.)
Here, in the eleventh century, we monks are faithfully adhering to St Benedict's Rule, forbidding the eating of such meat except when we are gravely ill. But as Dr Monk explains, there has been quite a shift in attitudes in Rochester by the early thirteenth century.
Admittedly, quite a few of my contemporaries here do appear to fall dangerously ill with alarming consistency only to return from the infirmary a week later rejuvenated by flesh. But I must not judge. It is beneath me.
So, blessed ones, if you care to read the gory details about the St Andrew's monks and their carnivorous habits, just follow the link below.
May you all be blessed.
Dr Monk appears on today's BBC Radio 4 programme
Abigail Youngman explores the lives of the women who embroidered the Bayeux Tapestry, interviewing a number of Bayeux Tapestry scholars, including Dr Alexandra Makin, Dr Daisy Black, Professor Gale Owen-Crocker, Dr Michael Lewis and Dr Christopher Monk.
The programme is live at 11.30 UK time.
It will be made available via the BBC Sounds App shortly after it has been broadcasted.
Dr Monk has been busy scribing away for Rochester Cathedral. He has re-written a piece, Origins and Beginnings, which in its original guise appeared on this website back in 2016, and to accompany this he has also produced a new edition, a line-by-line rendering, and a full translation of Æthelberht's Code, the oldest set of laws in England, dating to the year 600.
If you would like to avail yourself of these, admittedly half decent, pieces of scholarship, just follow the links below.
Oh, and there's a video of him reading some of the clauses from the law-code. It was produced in 2014. I remember it well, because they didn't ask me to read it!
May you all be blessed,
The Medieval Monk
Dr Monk has been busy creating a short video for Rochester Cathedral on my YouTube channel. I know, I'm a generous soul.
The video relates to eighteenth-century scholar Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1758) and her interaction with Textus Roffensis, arguably the most important collection of early medieval English laws in existence (in your twenty-first century, that is).
Elstob was a pioneering scholar of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) during the reign of Queen Anne (r. 1702-14), whom I once met. It's a long story, for another time.
Anyhow, as well as publishing editions and translations of major Old English texts, she is celebrated for writing the first Old English grammar to use modern English, rather than the expected Latin, thus making the study of Old English works far more accessible, particularly to other women of the time.
In the short video below, Dr Monk takes a look at the 'Saxon Characters' she left behind on one of the pages of Textus Roffensis, produced by a very industrious monk-scribe at Rochester's Cathedral Priory, around 1123.
If you wish, and I can recommend it, you can also watch the video as part of a more detailed piece about Elstob on Rochester Cathedral's website, written by Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff, Bishop's Chaplain at the cathedral.
May you all be blessed!
Here's an update on the Song of the Wildlands Project in which the other Monk has been involved, as the writer of the Old English words for the choral sections of the record.
Crime Records has released an official lyric video of the dramatic Dragon Fire. You can sing along with Beowulf and also the Wildland Warriors choir as they belt out the Old English bewailing of the flames.
If you can work out the meaning of what the Wildland Warriors are singing, let me know in the comments, and I will offer you an extra prayer.