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Medieval feast

A guest post on medieval food and feasting in the Middle Ages by author Regan Walker.

Identity and Posthuman Medievalism in Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy (sonsofanarchyonline.com)

The medievalism of the FX television series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) is not inherently obvious. Set in Northern California, the series follows a fictional outlaw motorcycle club (MC) modeled on real gangs including the Hells Angels. Critics, fans, and creators alike discuss the series as an extended adaptation of Hamlet, and the broad narrative of the series is indeed a family tragedy.

Anne of Brittany, Queen of France

Anne of Brittany - Anna di Bretagna, Latin 9474 - Jean Bourdichon - Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne - f. 3r - Anne de Bretagne entre trois saintes (détail). (Wikipedia).

This week brings us two articles from Susan Abernethy on Anne of Brittany. This first article details Anne’s life.

Letter Written by Sir George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury to His Wife, Bess of Hardwick, 1568

Bess of Hardwick, 1550s. (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy’s latest piece looks at a letter from Sir George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury to his wife, lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I, Bess Hardwick.

Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scots

Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scotland. Sceau de Yolande d'Ecosse - Duchesse de Bretagne (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy brings us back to medieval Scotland once again to look at another Scottish Queen, Yolande de Dreux.

Marie de Coucy, Queen of Scots

Coat of arms of Alexander II, King of Scots. Arms of Alexander II, as shown in Matthew Paris' Historia Anglorum, c. 1250 (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy brings us the story of Alexander II of Scotland’s French Queen, Marie de Coucy.

Flatness and Depth: Classic Disney’s Medieval Vision

Disney's medieval masterpiece, Sleeping beauty (1959)

Since a castle is its corporate logo, we should hardly be surprised that castles, as well as other elements of medieval architecture, figure prominently in a host of classic-era Disney films.

A Letter from Perkin Warbeck to His Future Wife, Lady Katherine Gordon

Medieval Love Letter

Following up on her post about Perkin Warbeck’s wife, Lady Katherine Gordon, Susan Abernethy brings us a love letter from the pretender to the Tudor throne to his future wife.

The Life of Lady Katherine Gordon

Parkin Warbeck (Wikicommons)

This week, Susan Abernethy brings us an article on Lady Katherine Gordon.

The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth of York, the First Tudor Queen of England

Portrait of Elizabeth of York, now at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth of York, Queen to King Henry VII of England, died in the Tower of London on February 11, 1503. She had given birth to a daughter Katherine on February 2 and never recovered. The death was a shock to her husband, her children and to the nation.

Medieval Survivals In Modern Rome

Torre Dei Capocci Roma (The Capocci Tower). Built in the Arcioni family in the 12th century. (Wiki Commons).

An analysis of medieval buildings in Rome with “defensive” characteristics has been ongoing for the past four years (towers, fortified houses, fortifications on ancient monuments).

Osthryth, Queen of the Mercians

Mercia - from An English history with illustrations and maps, by E.S. Symes 1905

Osthryth was one of the few women mentioned by the Venerable Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. She was born into a time of great strife. There was much tension and bad blood between the ruling houses of the various kingdoms in England before unification, especially between Mercia and Northumbria.

The Historicity of Imperial Bride-Shows

The emperor Theophilus chooses his empress A.D. 829. - created by Val Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

Seven independent Byzantine sources record that five times in the eighth and ninth centuries the winner in a competition of beautiful women became the bride of an emperor or future emperor.

Harold Godwinson in Wales: Military Legitimacy in Late Anglo-Saxon England

King Harold Godwinesson

On January 6, 1066, Harold Godwinson ascended the throne of England. He succeeded King Edward the Confessor who had died after reigning for twenty-three years over the English people.

Historical evolution of forest management in Europe and in Japan

The forest in the black fog by Claudia Dea

This paper describes in brief the historical evolution of forest management in Europe and in Japan and the motivations of these changes. In particular, the paper analyses three periods: pre-industrial (from the Middle-ages until the mid-17th century), industrial (from the mid-17th until the mid-20th century) and the post-industrial period (from the late-20th century until today)

Nunneries as an Alternative to Marriage

Nunneries as an Alternative to Marriage By Cornelius Oudenaarden The Endnote, Vol.2 (2005) Introduction: The first particular saith that you shall be obedient: to wit to him and to his commandments whatsoever they be, whether they be made in earnest or in jest, or whether they may be orders to do strange things, or whether […]

The Associative Branches of the Irish Barnacle: Gerald of Wales and the Natural World

Barnacle Goose depicted in Gerald of Wales Topographia Hiberniae - British Library Royal 13 B.VIII, f.8v

There are many birds here that are called barnacles, which nature, acting against her own laws, produces in a wonderful way.

Early Medieval Muslim Graves in France: First Archaeological, Anthropological and Palaeogenomic Evidence

Three Muslim graves in France - photo by Patrice Pliskine, Inrap

Given all of these data, we propose that the skeletons from the Nimes burials belonged to Berbers integrated into the Umayyad army during the Arab expansion in North Africa.

Ingroup identification, identity fusion and the formation of Viking war bands

Vikings

The lið, a retinue of warriors sworn to a leader, has long been considered one of the basic armed groups of the Viking Age.

Iron Age boathouses in Arctic Norway viewed as multifunctional expressions of maritime cultural heritage

Reconstructed Viking boathouse in KarmøyReconstructed Viking boathouse in Karmøy, Norway - photo by 	PrevinNK / Wikimedia Commons

Boathouses have been in use in Norway for at least 2000 years and c. 850 structures pre-dating the 16th century have been recorded.

Medieval violence and Criminology: using the Middle Ages to understand contemporary ‘motiveless’ crime

Composite woodcut print by Lukas Mayer of the execution of Peter Stumpp in 1589 at Bedburg near Cologne.

The aim of this essay is to explore how an investigation of violence in the Middle Ages can inform our understanding of ‘motiveless’ violence today. Has society moved away from the bi-dimensional relationship between deviance and entertainment?

Challenge to the Throne: the Byzantine Princess Anna Komnene and Conspiracies, 1118-1119

alexiad

Today, I will focus on the latter aspect, and look at two conspiracies plans in terms of her character as a princess hungry for power.

Eadgyth, Queen Consort of Germany and Duchess of Saxony

A statue in the Cathedral of Magdeburg that is often assumed to represent Otto and Eadgyth - photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-26654-0005 / Biscan / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Eadgyth had an impressive pedigree. She was the grand-daughter of Alfred the Great, daughter of Edward the Elder and half-sister of Aethelstan, all of whom were powerful kings of Wessex in England. It was only by fate she ended up as the wife of Otto I, Duke of Saxony and King of Germany.

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