A medievalist lost in the modern world

I just saw a headline on the BBC website: ‘Greek fire hits holiday Britons’. I immediately thought: what swine has started using Greek fire as a weapon again? (For non-specialists, it’s something a bit like napalm, that burns on contact with water). Yet another example of man’s inhumanity to man and the increasing barbarity of the twenty-first century, I thought. Then it dawned on me it was just headline speak for a fire near a Greek tourist resort. Oh well, back to ninth century abduction theology…

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