The enduring charm of hybridity

In at least one respect, we’re not too far away from the Middle Ages, and that’s in our cultural bend towards hybridity. I’m not taking about hybrid cars, or maybe I am. One question historians very rarely ask is: what’s in a hybrid? Sure, the word is familiar enough, and it conjures up images rangingContinue reading “The enduring charm of hybridity”

‘Augustine was a highly credulous thinker’: a tale of monsters and portents

I was reading today a book by Josie P. Campbell titled ‘Popular Culture in the Middle Ages’. Here’s what the author wrote about Augustine (p. 19): According to Campbell, ‘Augustine was a highly credulous thinker’, not just credulous, but highly so. I felt┬árather favourable towards an exposition in support of this adventurous claim. Augustine wroteContinue reading “‘Augustine was a highly credulous thinker’: a tale of monsters and portents”