"Queens of the Merovingians" has arrived! Woo! It is a beautiful book, and I foresee many an evening spent curled up with Google Translate.
"Performing Medieval Narrative" has also arrived! I got reacquainted with it when I taught the "Research for the Bardic Arts" class in Owlsherst a few months back. And then it popped up again as I began to work on the Guthrun project for the PBR class. I took the hint and found a copy (still at list price!) at Barnes and Noble, of all places.
Finally: Carrots! Last month, in preparing the Pop-Up Mead Hall, I read in Ann Hagen's books on Anglo-Saxon food that, while they had carrots, they were not the modern orange carrots. They were a reddish-purple color. I wondered where on earth one might go to find a purple carrot these days.
Answer: Local Community-Supported Agriculture farmer! Our pickup for this week included a choice of carrots - orange or purple! I pounced on the purple carrots and ate one as soon as we got home.
Verdict: Carroty. Milder flavor than the orange one. Beautiful red-purple color to about halfway through the root, then it turned orange.
I have no idea what the heritage of this particular varietal is (I suppose I could ask the farm), nor do I suppose that it's any closer to Ye Carrots of Olden Tyme than the orange ones. Still. How cool is that? Purple carrots!