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9 medieval battles that were even more significant than Agincourt? Say it ain’t so!

My lords!  Duchesses!  Hear ye! Yesterday was the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt where Henry V of England (who had a really stupid haircut) used his ridiculous Lloyd Christmas-hairded longbow men to great effect and defeated a much larger army of French knights who undoubtedly died, one and all, with really stupid haircuts.… Continue reading 9 medieval battles that were even more significant than Agincourt? Say it ain’t so!

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article · Blog · Carolingian art · Charlemagne · psalter

Unleash the Utrecht Psalter!!! (and the Kraken too, I suppose – he needs the exercise)!!!!

Fellow medievalists, Just today the Utrecht Psalter went on display at the Museum Catharijneconvent, open to the public!  Normally it is kept in a controlled and secluded atmosphere so the likes of you can't see it. This renowned Psalter is from the period of about 830 (Carolingian Period) and includes the art work of nine separate… Continue reading Unleash the Utrecht Psalter!!! (and the Kraken too, I suppose – he needs the exercise)!!!!

article · Blog · history · images · maps · medieval maps

Medieval maps – fabulous, inaccurate, and awful nice for to look at

Here are some splendid medieval maps. http://www.medievalists.net/2013/07/28/ten-beautiful-medieval-maps/ While they might sometimes be inaccurate, and even downright silly, nobody can possibly say that all of them are simple T maps, with Jerusalem at the center.  Some of them, like the map of Scandinavia, are verging on the accurate. Others of these maps depict cities and such.… Continue reading Medieval maps – fabulous, inaccurate, and awful nice for to look at

article · Blog · Leonardo da Vinci · Renaissance

Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!

Some researchers in Italy are excitedly announcing that they may have, at last, found the bones of the real life Mona Lisa who posed for Leonardo da Vinci back in the 1500s. They found some fragments in a convent where she is thought to have retired after a brilliant career of sitting around, smiling in… Continue reading Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!