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The Lambert Bestiary Vocabulum: historical monsters periodical.

An introduction to the marvellous races.

The monsters of the past!

When I was studying my Undergraduate Degree, I came across a module called Medieval Monsters: Foreigners and Other Oddities in the Medieval Imagination taught by the fabulous Sarah Lambert at Goldsmiths, University of London.

What I discovered on this module was not only is history serious, but it is fun! This module ignited my passion for history, and I firmly believe that it was this love for this bizarre topic that put me on the path to becoming a teacher. However, when I think about this module two questions come to mind:

  1. Why did I have to wait to be 23 years old to be taught this?
  2. Why was this sense of fun missing from my earlier historical education?

Well, one thing I have learnt is that time waits for not man, and neither does fun. So instead of waiting for you to discover these beings, I am going to share some of these marvellous creatures with you periodically. As a thank you to this wonderful educator, let me formally welcome you to The Lambert Bestiary Vocabulum.

I will be introducing the monsters and providing an accompanied introduction. I will try and point you in the direction of further information. I am by no means an expert on monsters, but I wish to use this periodical as a way of sharing the joy that the study of history has given me.

To wet your appetite here is the beautiful monster that I will be introducing in my first feature. Enjoy!

The beautiful and bizarre Panotii.
The beautiful and bizarre Panotii.

2 comments on “The Lambert Bestiary Vocabulum: historical monsters periodical.

  1. justanotherloststudent

    Hey! I really love this idea of sharing the things you found fun and interesting in your degree. I remember really hating history at school and dropped it in year 9 because I thought it was completely boring – and yet 10 years later I will soon have a joint degree with history in it! Having the opportunity to learn history in an engaging way which focused on things I was interested in, particularly the civil rights movement and post colonial history, was an absolute turning point for me in actually enjoying and engaging with history! Its a shame these opportunities aren’t provided earlier – Avery

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    • I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply Avery, it’s been all action stations.
      I really want to explore the things I love, but, even more so, I want to share my new adventures. Teacher prep means I’m going through periods I’ve been pretty ignorant about, and I’m loving it (select parts more than others).
      If Teach First has taught me one things it’s this: My teacher may not have made me love history, but that meant I was able to discover history, not just learn about it.

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