I'm sure many of you, or most, know of the "Modern History" channel on YouTube. I've been going through the old-ish ones. I rather like this one, especially from about 5:30 on, where he's talking about what it would have been like, getting horses, men, etc. on ships to cross the English Channel. He makes some good points I had never considered.
"... and not a single blow has yet been struck in anger."
Some info on da Vinci:
Some claim that laundresses in the Middle Ages were reviled as poor, dirty, prone to prositution, etc.
That's completely wrong, and here's an article showing it:
Oh, and there's two side items I picked up from that article: (1) bright white handtowels were an example of conspicuous consumption and (2) there's a town named Monsterberg. ;-) (page 142)
Casual mentions of death. "Superheroes" of Medieval myth. Show more
10 "superheroes" from Medival myth and legend:
Quiz for you all.
I got 10 out of 10, so there.
More medieval sun glasses:
Sunglasses are period:
Some time ago I pointed out "The House Books of the Nuremberg Twelve Brother Foundation" (Google translate at https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fhausbuecher.nuernberg.de%2F).
Well, in "Mendel I" on page "10 v" is a chainmail maker:
That says he's pinching the links with pliers. Sure enough, the full size pic shows just that: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y3aub4nx
So - - - is this documentation for butted-link chainmail? Or is he forcing an overlap in cold steel rings, before riveting them?
Condition of Notre Dame's roof:
Yeah some holes, but not as bad as it looked on the 15th. Disregard the panic-puppy writing; they're just trying to "sell some papers". :-Þ
On some site or other (I forget where) I came across someone insisting Notre Dame couldn't be rebuilt accurately, because "no-one knows how they did it back then; the skills have been lost".
As an SCAer, I just shook my head. Then, today, I came across this:
Yep, an official org. keeping the skills alive. That is cool beyond words. :-)
As if the fire at Notre Dame were not enough - - - Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which dates back to the Umayyad Caliphate, and is on the Temple Mount which dates back to nearly forever, had a fire earlier today:
Luckily, there was very little damage. But what a loss that would have been! And on top of the Notre Dame it would have been just too much.
one AI (gpt-2) looked at my list of astronomy acronyms and improvised this list of intriguing projects
Some info on Anglo-Saxon as a subject of intellectual/academic study:
An examples of a woman with LOTS of influence:
It's the Middle Ages. What's your job?:
I suggest you check out the links to Wiki Commons, and the German site (use Google Translate with the latter).
Sees to be shipwreck day at Medievalists.net:
16th century Netherlands:
The last one is particularly interesting as it's the first archeological evidence that supports the written record of direct trade between the Middle East and China.
Wow, Medievalists.net has got a load of good stuff today. Let's start with the fake that isn't:
Then there's what the Middle Ages actually thought dragons were like:
Want to buy a castle? Here's a bunch to choose from:
More manuscripts being digitized:
More emphasis on Europe's neighbors:
The Battle of Manzikert was more complex than you thought:
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.