Today is the first day of Lent, and for quite a while now (at least a decade), we've been observing something like a medieval style Lent as an exercise in foodways and medieval culture.
I'm an atheist, so there is no religious significance for me, per se, but, during the medeival period, Lent was a cultural experience as much as a religious one.
Here's a post from 2011 with some thoughts - https://www.aspiringluddite.com/Apr11/Lent.shtml
This might be useful to folks.
*How to Read Medieval Handwriting (Paleography)*
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Interesting (and funny) analysis of why the medieval west thought bestiality was bad. Spoiler alert - much of it has to do with medieval Christian theology.
Where has this been all my (professional) life?
I just finished 'Vita Nostra' by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (in translation, I confess)
I started out thinking it was like a dark Russian Harry Potter, and then it got weird.
Oddly, it seems like everything I'm bumping into now is about Soviet super children. We also just finished Stranger Things 3. And watched the first episode of Umbrella Academy.
When my left arm gets tired, my shield slips in every so slightly to my right, leaving a hole in my guard high on the outside of my left thigh.
Ask me how I know;-)
@cute @efi @Bashabez I was today years old when I learned that horses were not in fact introduced to the Americas by the Spanish, as I was always taught in school, and this lie is in fact a 500+ year old piece of Spanish colonial propaganda
We went up to York this past weekend for the Panto, and stumbled into this place. It's the best £40 meal I've had in a long time, and may be my new favourite restaurant ... we had the tasting menu, of course ...
The National Museum of Finland in Helsinki is very good indeed. Sadly the medieval exhibition is still being built, to open in 2020. The prehistoric section is as good as any I've seen, and the 'interactive' bits are excellent - so often, 'interactive' just means 'glue an iPad to the glass.'
Bonus points for having a section in the 'Story of Finland' dedicated to heavy metal - with a soundtrack including (among others) Nightwish, Children of Bodom, and Stone.
Actor/writer/musician/UNIX guru/cook/medievalist and more. http://www.aspiringluddite.com
Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.