As you do.
The thing with being a medievalist is that you never run out of material; since the period covers roughly a thousand years, there’s always something you don’t know. So I’m always running across works I don’t know, especially in the later periods. I do the early stuff — Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, the people who shout RAHR! and believe that warriors rock.
Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
So when I occasionally lift my head from Beowulf and the vikings, I uncover new treasures that are fun, just for a change of pace. I’ve been discovering more works from medieval Scotland and getting into William Dunbar, who wrote a lot of comic and satirical verse, including one called, “A Wooing in Dunfermline” which might sound like a sweet poem, but oh baby, it’s all double entendres. This is how it opens:
This hindir nycht in…
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