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What Vikings really put in their pillows

Your pillows – if they’re not synthetic – are almost certainly filled with domestic goose or duck feathers. These are the most common types of fill used for this purpose today. But our ancestors weren’t always as discerning.

Medieval Falconry: Birds and Lovebirds

The 5MinMedievalist talks to us about the popular medieval sport of falconry!

Knightly Bird Vows: A Case Study in Late Medieval Courtly Culture

In the late Middle Ages, there was a series of instances wherein knights vowed upon birds.

What is an Australasian parrot doing in a 15th century Italian painting?

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a species of parrot native to Australia and eastern Indonesia. However, you can also see one in the Madonna della Vittoria, a painting made in 1496 by Andrea Mantegna.

That Melodious Linguist: Eloquence and Piety in Christian and Islamic Songbirds

That Melodious Linguist: Eloquence and Piety in Christian and Islamic Songbirds Cam Lindley Cross University of Chicago, December 8 (2010) Abstract “Birds,” writes Albertus Magnus, “generally call more than other animals. This is due to the lightness of their spirits.” Although Albertus here employs “lightness” (levitas) as a technical term, the broader valences of the word […]

They dined on crane: bird consumption, wild fowling and status in medieval England

They dined on crane: bird consumption, wild fowling and status in medieval England By Umberto Albarella and Richard Thomas Acta zoologica cracoviensia, Vol. 45 (special issue) (2002) Abstract: In this paper the evidence for the use and consumption of wild birds in medieval England is reviewed. Wild bird bones are generally uncommon on medieval sites, […]

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