"You, though, you'll have stars like nobody else... since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!... and it'll be as if I had given you, instead of stars, a lot of tiny bells that know how to laugh ...”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
A couple of much-needed series, as antidotes to the misunderstandings of the Middle Ages, esp. the neo-fascists' lies:
Relevant to (most of) our interests:
Very positive discussion of the SCA.
Who were you, a thousand years ago?
I was Leif Erikson. ;-)
The Banū Mūsā and their book:
Interesting that both ʻAbbās and, a century and a third later, Eilmer, blamed their crashes on not having a tail on their "machines". ;-)
Medieval? Yes, actually. From stage-crazed parents to lazy students:
Article on how wide the Medieval world was, and why studying that whole world is a good idea:
The magazine mentioned in that article, "Journal of Medieval Worlds," can be found at:
It looks like they'll be putting all the articles online. Yay! Note that links to *everything* (reviews, etc.) are at:
I've already bookmarked this, and will read it as I have time.
Seems the SCA is soon going to have its second Queen By Right Of Arms:
Death, dying, that kind of stuff
"To Hell and back" Orpheus did it in Greece, Hadingus in Scandinavia:
So, what did peasants eat? Medievalists.net gives their answer:
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.
10 "superheroes" from Medival myth and legend:
Quiz for you all.
I got 10 out of 10, so there.
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.