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This Historian’s Favorites and Least Favorites

One of the reasons this blog has only a loose theme is because of the diversity of my interests.  I once tried a more focused blog.  However, I quickly found other things I wanted to share, but I felt I’m spamming readers who came to the blog looking for a specific topic. My first blog was focused on religion, primarily neopaganism.  From there I graduated to writing about “alternative religion” (which is a terrible name, as it implies certain religions

The Great Naked Battle for the Gazebo

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 so much win in a single image.  First, the similarity to the illustrations of Where the Wild Things Are are pretty epic.  Second, I truly appreciate the defender’s sense of decorum

Changing Europe: a Dynamic Map

Map of Europe

I so wish I had this when I was teaching modern western civ this semester.  That course covers roughly the 16th through 20th centuries.  It’s only half the time frame of the map, but my other class starts at the beginning of time and runs up to the 16th century.  The map is only relevant for about the last six weeks of class. Maps change.  I always encourage students to spend time looking at the maps, not that many of

Introducing Marginalia

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 planned out as part of the page design. Some of it is abstract decoration. But a lot of it is composed of people, animals and monsters often behaving quite oddly, often

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