"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 :blob_raccoon_coffee:


I sometimes wonder if Trump is going to reach up one day, pull off the mask, and it will be Andy Kaufman completing his most ambitious and least comprehensible long-form comedy routine of all time.

Medieval flying:

Interesting that both ʻAbbās and, a century and a third later, Eilmer, blamed their crashes on not having a tail on their "machines". ;-)

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.

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)

Casual mentions of death. "Superheroes" of Medieval myth. 

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.