Over at In the Middle, Eileen Joy has a very moving post up now, building off of a recent viewing of the Ken Loach film, "The Wind that Shakes the Barley." I share her concern, as I've noted elsewhere, that no history (memory?) should be considered" sacred. It is precisely our job, as academics, medievalists, and public intellectuals, to problematize those "sacred" narratives, especially when they tend towards the troubling, violent, and/or exclusionary.
Another thing that struck me, being a pseudo-Carolingianist (or Car-oh-LING-ee-ahn-ist, for those of the more UK persuasion), was her note about Michael Moore's forthcoming book on Frankish bishops. Man, does that sound intersesting. I don't know, however, how true it is that popular scholarly opinion holds that "force" is the most decisive factor in how things turn out. It seems to me like it could be a bit of a straw man argument. That being said, I'm getting this third-hand, have not seen anything Prof. Moore has written, and I'm perfectly willing to be convinced otherwise. He is, however, certainly right that few write "big" histories anymore. But that too might be changing, I think. Watch out for Brett Whalen's monograph from Harvard UP, in a year or so. I might even have something to say about something (eventually).