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Lindesfarne Gospel Page

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with this blog when I started it.  Honestly, my first thought was steampunk.  I’m sure I will eventually get around to it, but it clearly hasn’t been my focus. I am a medievalist.  I am greatly enjoying writing about thatContinue Reading

Where the Wind Things Are

This little gem comes from Grumpy Eleanor of Aquitaine on Facebook.  My apologies for not knowing the original source.  Grumpy Eleanor doesn’t list them.  Often I can Google them, but finding appropriate keywords for this one is difficult.  I am guessing it’s a 15th century something. Rarely is there soContinue Reading

I’ve got three articles in draft form at the moment because once I start on a subject I tend to get distracted with associated subjects.  It’s a danger of writing about something you like for an audience generally less familiar with it.  So, today I have something simple: Gunpowder isContinue Reading

Marginalia is any content existing within the margins of a book. In more modern books, marginalia is generally the notes an owner has scribbled to himself. Books with the marginalia of famous thinkers can become quite valuable. In the Middle Ages, however, marginalia was an art form. It was plannedContinue Reading

There are two major types of historical art I like The really good stuff, about which I am really picky, and The really awful stuff.  It gets bonus points if it is medieval, and it usually is. Hence, Vampire Monkey Christ.  I giggle every time I look at it.  CanContinue Reading

Vampire Monkey Christ

For whatever reason, that’s always the pronunciation I hear in my head when I look at this thing. In the early Middle Ages, status was gained almost exclusively through combat. As such, it they were going to hold up a figure like, say, Jesus Christ, being a pacifist really didn’tContinue Reading