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."

Starting my new heraldic project - documenting as many towns on the Ortellius Germany/France maps as possible.

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)

Some time ago I pointed out "The House Books of the Nuremberg Twelve Brother Foundation" (Google translate at translate.google.com/translate).

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: 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. :-)

Latest on Notre Dame is that the stone vaulting is mostly OK. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like some of the webbing collapsed, but the ribs are still there. Which is really good news; if the ribs had collapsed, I'm not sure the walls could've been kept up.

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.

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).

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.