Category Archives: Monarchy

In 1215 at Runnymede, Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah

Magna Carta is now 800 years old, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do to celebrate the birthday of a document. The main way academia seems to be calling attention to it is by destroying some of the … Continue reading

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Don’t Sleep in the Ring of Fire

Brunhilda is a figure from Norse myths and legends who has somehow come into popular culture as a really fat woman. In fact, thanks to Wagner, she IS the singing fat lady of the saying. And while I certainly don’t … Continue reading

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Norway Begins

As I mentioned here, I was looking through the introduction by the Brothers Grimm to their fairy tale collection to see what mythology they referenced, and one of the figures mentioned was someone named Harald the Fair-Haired. It turns out … Continue reading

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Franks and Beans

While I’m mainly concentrating on theologians for these Sunday posts (well, they’re USUALLY on Sundays, anyway), I don’t think it would be out of place to discuss Charlemagne, one of the most significant kings in the post-Roman era. While not … Continue reading

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The Blood of Kings

If the monarchical system is obsessed with one thing, it’s bloodlines. And if it’s obsessed with two things, the other one is authority from God. So it’s no surprise that a few different royal families traced their lineage to King … Continue reading

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