Textiles and clothes from Byzantium---two museum shows:
Have you ever come across the phrase "broken on the wheel"? This is what that means:
Some gore, mention of racism and cannibalism.
Do movie makers and book writers distort history for a "better" story? Yes. Is that a modern-only bad habit? No.
Want to be a berserker? It's not the bearskin that does the job:
(some of those should've stayed lost)
Health, Medieval style (which looks rather modern, mostly):
Last but far from least --- It's 14th century London, and everyone's white, right? Right??
Note especially the mixed-ancestry folks.
Save up your pennies, kids, they'll be valuable some day!:
assassination, particularly nasty politics
Students have always needed money from Dad. Always:
Medieval road trips were not fun:
The ol' Robin Hood/Sherwood Forest link may be a misunderstanding:
Some crime-fiction writers make their lives harder by making their detectives medieval:
Not much bunny-fur bikinis mentioned:
The Black Death is rampaging through Europe; where do you want to be? Poland! Poland? Poland:
Not all the Crusaders were western Europeans:
You've cut off some body part from some Anglo-Saxon. What punishment does the law lay down?:
Interesting details in the Bayeux Tapestry:
Post-SCA-period, but interesting:
Medieval rules for jousting: how to tell the winner:
A test on Vikings I hope you can all ace:
(I might laugh at you if you don't)
One of the less common writing materials:
"If you want it to sell, you've got to give it a good title":
This one is a lot of fun; enjoy! :-)
The staff of life, medieval style:
I'm no archeologist, but I'm not sure the case for this being a Slav is that much. I accept that's a South Baltic ax. But the presense of an Arabic coin (I'd be surprised if there's only one) shows this person was recipient of goods traded from far away---why not an ax? Also, I hope a forensic archeologist has checked the sex of the bones. ;-)
Still, I may be too doubtful. It's good to see evidence of mobility and trade in what too many people think was a "Dark Age".
How to be foul-mouthed, medievally:
Info on what medieval warfare was actually like, and on one of the most interesting writers from back then.
And you thought the SCA camps fancy:
In just over 12 hours from when I write, an author will finally get the recognition she deserves:
Discussion of book burning.
Thye did indeed burn books in the Middle Ages, but it was more nuanced than most people realize:
And it was a lot less prevelent than you might think; the real age of book burning started in the self-so-called Renaissance.
Lead pollution in the air can teach us about history!:
Vikings like money:
Cat pics were flooding media well before the internet:
SC Aer, voracious reader, herald, thinker, 65 years young, etc.
There's a picture coming Any Day Now™ --- I promise!
Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.