Tag Archives: medieval history

Quote Du Jour: Revolution, Architecture, and the Law

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The most important consequence of the Papal Revolution was that it introduced into Western history the experience of revolution itself. In contrast to the older view of secular history as a process of decay, there was introduced a … Continue reading

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NYC Notes, Part 3: The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park

Blowhard, Esq. writes: One of my favorite places during my New York City trip last month was The Cloisters, a medieval art museum run by the The Met located in northern Manhattan. Nestled in a sprawling park that abuts Washington Heights … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Bayeux Cathedral, France. Source. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The mortality in Siena began in May. It was a cruel and horrible thing…It seemed that almost everyone became stupefied seeing the pain. It is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth. Indeed, one who … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: If a horse or other cattle is elf-shot, take docks seed and Scottish wax and let a man sing twelve masses over them and put holy water on the horse or cattle. Have the herbs always with you. … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge. “The Battle of the Milvian Bridge” by Giulio Romano. A key moment in Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, it can be said to mark the beginning of the end of the ancient … Continue reading

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How The War On Drugs Is Like The Medieval Crusades

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I semi-enjoyed this newish Teaching Company series on the history of the medieval Crusades. I hesitate to fully endorse it because, while I think Daileader’s 3-part, 72-episode series on the Middle Ages (all of which are on sale now) … Continue reading

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Village Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Fredrikstad, Norway Related Sir Barken Hyena points out that this design, shaped to deflect artillery, is basically what the medieval castle evolved into in response to the development of the canon.

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Carolingian Minuscule and Modern Writing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In the 8th century, Charlemagne, the ruler of the Carolingian empire, had a problem on his hands. Over the centuries, scribes had made so many mistakes when copying the Bible and other texts of the Church fathers … Continue reading

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The Law Rock

Blowhard, Esq. writes: From 930 until 1262, medieval Icelanders lived in a society with no national government — no king, no army, no taxes. Hell, there wasn’t much local government either. The basic unit of organization was the family farmstead. There … Continue reading

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