- Muhlberger's Early History has a very detailed report by Henrik Olsgaard from a Battle of Hastings reenactment, discussing what the reenactment says about the battle itself, with a particular focus on cavalry.
- The Naked Philologist has a post on what attacts teenage girls to become medieval nerds.
- In part of his series on Lloyd Alexander, Jeff Sypeck discusses The Arkadians.
- Scribal Terror has a post on medieval skepticism regarding witchcraft ...
- ... and another one responding to my query about cats & Plague, that also points us here. I'm now convinced that the "medieval Church killed cats because they thought they were evil and therefore caused the Plague" storyline is wrong, but I'm not sure what the truth is: Did they kill cats thinking (accurately) that they were Plague carriers, was there no cat-killing going on at all, or was there cat-killing that was misguided but ultimately fortunate? If cats can spread the Plague, it seems likely to me that it spread throughout Europe on the backs of rats, but spread into the human population through contact with domestic cats. One is more likely to cuddle one's (Plague-infected) cat than a rat, and cats (good ones, anyway) will come into more direct contact with rats than humans will. Perhaps the evidence is simply not available to come to any conclusion beyond seeing that the "evil cats" storyline has little evidence behind it.
- Steven Till discusses the making of mail armor. "Labor intensive" doesn't seem to cover it. Imagine knitting with a die, hammer, and shears.
- Early Medieval Art points us to an exhibition on medieval Byzantium this October in London.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Morning Medieval Miscellany
There's still time to get in on the July Feast. I'll be driving up to that, so if you're in this area and want to go, you can hitch a ride with me. Until then: