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Sad Medievalist Humor

19 August, 2005

Sad Medievalist Humor

Given the tone of the rest of the book, I doubt this was intentional, but it still made me smile:

“[Charles] Martel did not simply hammer out this system through brute force”

What, another sad medievalist? moi?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 August, 2005 2:37 am

    i’m really pleased that I get this.

  2. 20 August, 2005 4:09 am

    ROFL. Tell me, does he get to forge any alliances?

  3. 20 August, 2005 11:14 pm

    I think he might … LOL!

  4. 21 August, 2005 11:37 pm

    What book was it? What book was it???? How dare you leave us hanging!!!!

  5. 22 August, 2005 2:06 am

    OK — I’m sooo not answering that. It would be wrong. More wrong than deriving fun from the quote.

  6. 22 August, 2005 3:37 am

    Arrrggghhh! Okay, be that way. I doubt if it was intentional, anyway. Martel didn’t get the nickname until a few centuries later, and in my experience, a lot of medievalists don’t write with such a wry sense of humor. They can be funny in real life, but God forbid any humor gets into their books.

  7. 22 August, 2005 7:59 pm

    Yeah, it’s a fascinating convention/genre restriction–academic writing has to suck…

  8. 23 August, 2005 1:36 am

    Greg — I e-mailed you the name of the book

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