Sunday, January 13, 2008

Morning Medieval Miscellany

OK, I know it's not morning -- It's Sunday night, in fact. The problem is that I begin teaching so early this semester, I can't post in the mornings, but I figure most of you won't read this until Monday morning anyway.


  1. More of an outburst than a review, I'm afraid. Thanks for the link.

    Head stake? Nice. Very good to know.

    You know about the late medieval tendency of poachers (at least in England) to stake the heads of the deer they killed? Lesse, lemme check my diss real fast...found it.

    "In 1334, Nicholas Meynell, a lord of the North Riding of Yorkshire, led a poaching expedition in which his party showed their contempt for the lord whose land they raided by impaling the heads of nine stolen harts on stakes planted in the ground" I got this example from Derek Rivard, “The Poachers of Pickering Forest 1282-1338.” Medieval Prosopography 17 (1996): 97-144.

  2. Thanks for the link.

    I tagged seven people and only four have responded so you are not alone. :-)