Once in a while, on my viral journeys through Middle Ages, I come upon something so different and so strong that it instantly reminds me how centuries can be obliterated in a second.
This piece is undeniably ahead of it’s time and it opened to me the world of Nikolaus Gerhaert. According to his Wiki page he is considered to be the most influential northern European sculptor of the 15th century, and it’s easy to see why.
He had a lot of followers which he heavily influenced, but his realism remains unparalleled.
image: Currently resides in the Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. Called the Buste d’homme accoudé (1467), it is believed to be a self-portrait.
The Göss Benedictine nunnery was founded in 1010 by Aribo II and his wife Adala. Their daughter, Kunigunde became Abbess of the nunnery The nunnery came to exert major cultural and economic influence throughout the surrounding region.
The noble nuns were literate, had an extensive library and great manual skills. One of the most famous examples of their work is the Romanesque “Gösser Vestments” from the 13th Century, which are now one of the prime exhibits at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) in Vienna.
This is a richly embroidered dalmatic from the collection.
It’s a bit much too much sensationalistic for my taste (in terms of writing, I mean), but it’s an amazing read on a bit of alternative medieval fighting.
Thanks so much for the tip verycuriousnocure!
Q:Hi, Hex! I'm doing a project for my Middle English literature class, and I've chosen to do it on falconry. If memory serves correctly, you posted something about it awhile back, right (or I could be mistaken--I'm sorry if I am!)? Before I go off to search through pages upon pages of information, I was wondering if you knew of any great, professional sources to gather information from? I figured I'd ask before I plunge into the abyss... Thank you! :D
Hi there anon. That. Is. An. Amazing. Topic.
And since it’s for the lit class, the best sources are original sources, if you have time to read them.
- Treatise of Hawks and Hawking, Edmund Bert, 1619
- On The Art of Hunting with Birds, Fredrick II, XIIIc
- The Book of Saint Albans, 1486
And I know, this is from Wikipedia, but it is a good list.
I hope this helps, and that you see it. Don’t be shy next time, Anon.
Sometimes I’m sad, but then I remember my heart beats iambic pentameter.
Q:Hello, Hex! I was wondering if you - or any of your followers - would know a good edition of Honorius Augustodunensis' works? I am currenly working with the Patrologia Latina's edition for not knowing nor finding a better edition, and as my deadline approaches I feel I should start looking into this, but I have no idea where to start!
Unfortunately, I can’t help, but maybe some of my followers can. Anyone?
Who knows where I can find primary sources for a research paper on the Vikings? I’ve looked every where, on my universities data bases, on other universities, I’ve used the bibliographies of secondary sources, they just don’t seem to exist! Can someone help me out?
Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1416), March
The snow has melted and the peasants go about preparing the soil for the spring planting. In the background we can see the Château de Lusignan (in the Department of Vienne) on a hill top dominating the farmland about.
On the slopes below the castle we can see various peasant activities: a shepherd and his dog looking after a flock of sheep; three peasants pruning the vines; a vineyard which has already been prepared for the spring growing season; a peasant sifting a bag of seed corn; a peasant ploughing a field with two oxen.
Given its prominent place in the picture and the extraordinary detail with which it is painted, the Limburg brothers were keen to show how important agriculture was to the peasant economy and how dependent upon it for their upkeep were the castles of the aristocracy.
NärCon Vinter 2014 Day 3 (also known as the day Ragnarök were supposed to happen)
This photo shoot were done during NCV in Linköping three minutes from the con area. It was like 6 degrees, windy and the the photos were taken with an iphone, therefore the bad quality.
The idea was to make a cosplay as resembling to actual viking clothing (and not American movies-vikings) as possible on budget and lack of time. I had a problem with finding enough sources when it came to viking cloaks so I decided to make something medieval but with a viking age clasp.
Everything except the shoes and trousers were made by me.
I usually don’t do reblogs, but when some of my followers do an amazing Viking inspired cosplay, it’s kind of a rule.