This week's offering range from the ridiculous to the sublime. For the
Ridiculous, I offer: Bodger and Grift's Medieval Pick-up Lines, A Medieval
Hats quiz, Men with Big Hair: The Costume Movie Site, Medieval History in
the Movies, and two sites for great out-door games for children. For the
sublime, I offer the rest of this week's post: Medieval Writing (an overview
of scribal arts), The Middle Kingdom Cook's Guild Articles, Smithsonian Silk
Road Festival, Anvilfire.com's blacksmithing website, Sabrina Welserin
online, Greendragon.net's Kitchen, Pewter Casting in Soapstone Molds, two
Medieval Embroidery sites, Lothene's Experimental Archaeology, Recreating
English Ales by Aethelmearc's Baron Tofi, Abelard, Listening to Medieval
Music (a course on appreciation), Restoring Harmony (a website about
Medieval Music Manuscripts, digtal images of the ms, and how they are
preserved), Renaissance Dance Cheatsheets, Feminae and Medieval Masculinity
which both approach history through gender, Medieval Book Production,
Medieval Welsh Warriors, and the Medieval Marriage and Family bibliography.
I hope you enjoy this week's selection. Please feel free to forward them
wherever they will find interest.
Aoife, compulsive e-brarian
Bodger and Grift's Medieval Pick-up Lines (Humor. Warning: naughty, punny
(site Excerpt) You can scale my battlements any day, madam.
You scratch my boils and I'll scratch yours.
They don't call me Lance-A-Lot for nothing, you know.
(Site Excerpt)Until into the 12th century, most books were produced by
monastic scribes. The development of monastic libraries entailed the lending
of books between institutions for copying. Sometimes these transactions have
been recorded, and sometimes the chains of copying can be identified through
anomalies in the text which have been copied down the chain.
Middle Kingdom Cook's Guild Articles
A wonderful treasure-trove of articles on cooking related to our period of
Smithsonain Silk Road Festival
(Site Excerpt) 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust
June 26 - 30, July 3 - 7 National Mall, Washington, D.C.
(Site Excerpt) GAMEKIDS is a gathering place for kids of all ages to learn
and exchange non-computer games and activities. Each month, selected games
and rhymes (traditional and contemporary), activities, and recipes will be
selected from around the world for you to download, print out, and play. YOU
are invited to collaborate with us! Submit your favorite games, stories,
poetry, artwork, sleepover and party ideas, photographs, and favorite
Games Kids Play
(Site Excerpt) Looking for kids games? How about rules for playground
games, verses for jump-rope rhymes, and much more??? You have come to right
place! I am, however, going to need your help. There are hundreds of these
games, and no one person has played them all. Plus there are undoubtedly
hundreds more variations depending on where you grew up. Most of these games
have been submitted from around the world by people just like you. In the
meantime, I hope you enjoy what we've brought together here!
(Site Excerpt) A new class of resource for blacksmiths and related metal
workers. anvilfire is your on-line metalworking information source.
Anvilfire is dedicated to advancing modern blacksmithing while retaining
traditional standards of craftsmanship. Additions are made on a daily basis.
Sabrina Welserin online cookbook translation
(Site Excerpt) In the name of the Holy Trinity I, Sabina Welserin,
begin this cookbook. God grant me His holy grace and wisdom
and understanding and judgment with which I through His Holy will live
here in this time and with Him forever. Amen. anno 1553
A handy list of links to many medieval recipe sites on the web.
Pewter Casting in Soapstone Molds
(Site Excerpt) More clues to the use of pewter by the Norse can be seen the
uncovering of many molds suitable for producing objects cast in this
material. Pewter has a relatively low melting point, in the range of 750 F,
which is easily attained in a small fire with no special equipment or fire
modifications. With a high lead content, the molten metal is fairly fluid,
allowing for the use of open topped molds, such as the antler sample found
at Hedeby for a simple disk broach. More complex shapes can be produced
through the use of carved stone molds, such as the dragon mount mold found
at Birka. In this case the carved block of soft slate or soapstone would be
used in conjunction with a flat backing plate and poured from the edge. One
of the advantages of this combination of stone mold and pewter is that
literally hundreds of copies of a pattern could be easily made to offset the
effort of the mold creation. This technique represents one of the earliest
examples of a true 'mass production' process.
Claire's Medieval Embroidery Page
(site Excerpt) The term Assisi work is somewhat misleading because voided
embroideries are characteristic of other nations besides Italy. The term
"Assisi work" began to be used during the Revivalist Movement of the 19th
century. It would be more accurate to refer to the style as Voided Work.
Lothene Experimental Archaeology
Ed. Note: See the Crafts Links--excellent!(Site Excerpt) Lothene is an
Edinburgh based group involved in researching and recreating aspects of life
in Scotland in the 11th Century. The 11th Century was the period in which
the present day boundaries of Scotland were established. Lothene (Lothian),
which had previously been a part of Northumbria, was incorporated into the
Kingdom of Scotland by King Duncan. This was also the time of Macbeth,
Malcolm Canmore, and St Margaret, when Scotland changed from being a
primarily Celtic society to one with wider European links.
A Stitch out of Time
An excellent how-to embroidery page with links to English and German
Embroidery from the 11th to 16th Century.
A cute quiz on medieval hats---can you decide who wore which hat? (Site
Excerpt)Hats were an important part of medieval garb. Depending on one's
occupation and the time of the year, hats could vary from linen head
warmers, to straw or felt hats, to "borrelais" hats to fine mesh mail coifs,
to "sallet" helmets, to visored "basinets" to mitres and crowns.
Recreating Medieval English Ales by Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, Baron BMDL
(Site Excerpt) In medieval England, ale was an alcoholic drink made from
grain, water, and fermented with yeast. The difference between medieval ale
and beer was that beer also used hops as an ingredient. Virtually everyone
drank ale. It provided significant nutrition as well as hydration (and
inebriation). The aristocracy could afford to drink wine some of the time as
well, and some times the poor could not even afford ale, but in general ale
was the drink of choice in England throughout the medieval period.
Medieval History in the Movies
(Site Excerpt) What follows is a list of movies on medieval themes compiled
with the help of Microsoft's Cinemania, The Internet Movie Database [The
IMdb is a splendid resource: consult it for more detailed information
(complete cast, crew and technical information), plot summaries, and links
to reviews for many of the films below], and various contributors to the
Mediev-l discussion list. It is arranged thematically following the general
plan of the Internet Medieval Sourcebook. "Medieval" has been taken very
widely - from the first-century (CE) Roman Empire until the 17th-century.
Peter Abelard: Historia Calamitatum, The Story of My Misfortunes translated
by Henry Adams Bellows
(Site Excerpt) Peter Abelard (1079-1142) was one of the great intellectuals
of the 12th century, with especial importance in the field of logic. His
tendency to disputation is perhaps best demonstrated by his book Sic et Non,
a list of 158 philosophical and theological questions about which there were
divided opinions. This dialectical method of intellectual reflection -- also
seen in Gratian's approach to canon law -- was to become an important
feature of western education and distinguishes it sharply from other world
cultures such as Islam and the Confucian world.
University of Northern Florida: Listening to Medieval Music
(Site Excerpt) In the summer of 1999, I made a concerted effort to get a
better grasp of medieval music -- better that is, than that acquired by
listening to the odd recording here and there. In this document, I outline
the general development of music in proto-Western and Western cultures from
the time of the earliest information until the beginning of the tonal era,
around 1600. Since I am not a musicologist, this outline derives from
reading in secondary sources [see bibliography at the end], information
supplied with the better CDs and some online sources. Appreciation of almost
all serious music is improved by some effort to understand its history and
development -- and indeed until very recently any educated person would have
had some music education.
Restoring Harmony: The Digital Image Library of Medieval Music
(Site Excerpt) Digitised manuscripts bring immense new research
possibilities for scholars. One anecdote tells of a scholar who wanted to
argue that a clutch of manuscripts he was studying actually came from the
same source. He examined, in microscopic detail, digitised version of these
manuscripts, and discovered that the hair follicles on the animal skin that
formed the parchments were aligned in a similar way on each manuscript.
Connecting this to other facts he had ascertained from examining the
evidence, the scholar concluded that the manuscripts had a common heritage.
Another project that has recently received media attention (through a series
of documentaries concerning Vesuvius and Herculaneum) is the digital
restoration of the Herculaneum fragments of parchment: this draws on study
and techniques that have been evolved both in the USA and Oxford, and used
for a number of years by the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in
Feminae: Medival Women and Gender
This site has some very valuable contant on women's history, and also covers
such topics as female transvestism in period. (Site Excerpt) The Medieval
Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books
about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the
explosion of research in Women's Studies during the past two decades,
scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an
ever-growing flood of publications. Identifying relevant works in this mass
of material is further complicated by the interdisciplinary nature of much
of the scholarship.
Lest men feel left outof this gender-study idea, I offer up the following
Heroism, Sanctity, and Gender
(Site Excerpt) The code of behavior which renders dying in the midst of arms
heroic is a part of a gender code: it valorizes a masculinity that through
its very selfishness (its practitioners must think themselves worthy of
immortality) is altruistic (through the sacrificial deaths of its heroic men
the remainder of that society will endure). Heroic masculinity here is
wholly dependent upon its generative cultural moment for its codification as
a significant means of organizing (and thereby modifying) human behavior;
masculinity is changeable, adaptive, reconfigurable - constructed rather
MEN WITH BIG HAIR: The Costume Movie Site
Pictures included for viewing purposes only and are property of the
movie companies whose films I am recommending you watch.
That title pretty much sums up the site. See movie costumes here.
Rennaisance Dance Cheat Sheets
(Site Excerpt) The is a freely-copyable collection of cheat sheets for
Renaissance dance. Please share and enjoy. The current printed version is
"Post-Pennsic 1998"; I will be offering updates in the future.
Medieval and Rennaisance Book Production---Manuscript Books
(Site Excerpt)There is a widely held, yet erroneous, belief that the
invention of the book was concurrent with the invention of printing. Somehow
it is assumed that the act of printing--that is producing a book by
mechanical means--endows the finished product with that essence that
embodies a book. After all, the hand-produced book is called a manuscript,
not simply a book, and early-printed books are called incunabula, books in
their infancy. We are accustomed to think of the periods of manuscripts and
printed books as distinct. Traditionally a scholar working in one of these
fields has known little of the other field. Even our libraries have
perpetuated this dichotomy: manuscripts are always separate from printed
books, both administratively and physically
Medieval Welsh Warriors and Warfare
(Site Excerpt) Unlike most countries in Europe at the time, the style and
method of medieval Welsh warfare was not overly influenced by feudalism. The
survival of earlier traditions of pre-Roman and early medieval Celtic
culture in Wales was reflected in military terms - not least because the
heavily armoured feudal horseman could not properly operate in the rough and
hilly ground covering much of Wales.
Marriage and the Family in Medieval Europe's Extended Bibliography