Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Medieval Saint of the Week #1: The Life and Grisly Death of Thomas á Becket

The pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales are traveling to the shrine of Thomas á Becket, whose tomb was one of the most important destinations for English Christians.  But who was Thomas á Becket, and what made his shrine so revered among the people?  It's a pretty interesting story, actually.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

First Day of Class

Did you know...
...that The Canterbury Tales was not written by a man named Edmund Canterbury?  But rather by a fellow named Geoffrey Chaucer who was, of all things, English?



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Arriving at Yale

Well, I am comfortably settled into my room at Yale and looking forward to my first day studying Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with Lee Patterson.  But before I begin looking forward, I would like to look backwards to the drive that got me up here.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

10 Interesting Yalies

I leave for a six-week seminar at Yale University on Friday, and I am reflecting upon the many, many remarkable people who have studied there.  As a preparation for starting my work there, I have written a little about ten Yalies that I find particularly interesting.  Most of them graduated from the university, but some of them left for one reason or the other.  Regardless, they are all part of Yale's tradition and are listed below in no real order at all.

10. Jonathan Edwards (Class of 1720)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Famous Last Words

Yesterday was the last day of school for the 2009-2010 year.  The last day of school!  It seems as if it should be a day of celebrating and throwing off the yoke of tyranny, but this day has always had an odd effect on me.