Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Do check out the website http://www.theknightshop.co.uk/ for inspiration.
Do cover up if there's a threat of rain — rusty chain mail is not a good look.
Do wear a metallic tabard over this season's black opaque tights.
Do leave full medieval garb strictly for fancy dress.
Don't stand too close to the fire if you're wearing a metallic skirt or dress.
Don't arm yourself with too many accessories.
Don't wear more than one chain-mail piece at a time; it's heavy.
Don't make sudden movements while wearing chunky metal cuffs — they're dangerous weapons.
Don't be tempted by medieval props — leave the sword at home.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
But last night the Colwyn Bay born star was back at work after being given the all clear by surgeons following an operation which has saved his life.
Miss Shields added: “He is in high spirits and very pleased the doctors caught it early.”
Saturday, October 20, 2007
According to Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey, the inspiration came from the company's horse-and-rider logo. "It was a knight in shining armour, that medieval thing," he says.
Bannister says soft knitwear has developed into a layered, wrapped look, similar to medieval tunics worn over leggings.
Bannister feels there are two quite distinctive trends emerging for both men and women. One is glamorous, with metallic details, flowing velvets and brocades - quite a medieval feel. The other, he says, is emerging in casual wear, especially for men. "We're calling it Storm Troopers and it's more aggressive, with padded leather jackets, knee pads and studs. I think it reflects the political climate."
The metal-studded trench coats, padded leather gauntlets and thigh-high boots in collections by Burberry and Chanel were part medieval, part rock'n'roll.
As Sass & Bide designer Heidi Middleton says, "It could be just the puff of a sleeve or the trim or the buttons.
Eghiazaryan is of the opinion that this joint literary investigation will strengthen the cultural bonds between the two countries.
Atufi welcomed the proposition and added that the Iranian cultural attaché’s office is willing to support programs highlighting the cultural commonalities of the two countries.
He also mentioned that there is to be a convention on Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi at the venue of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences on November 6 which is to be inaugurated by Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan .
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Reverend John Walters, the vicar of the new St Teilo's Church in Pontarddulais which replaced the medieval building, said: "The church will be a revelation to everyone and will offer an insight to part of our country's hidden history."
He said: "I have watched the incredible skills of the restoration team that have reconstructed the building and saved the frescoes.
Original materials have been used where possible, with missing items replicated to be as authentic as they could be. Craftsmen used the same tools and techniques as those used hundreds of years ago in the ambitious process.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Several years ago my grandparents were moving and selling many of their surplus books. Since family got first (and more importantly free) choice, I dove in with gusto. You see, I'm a strong believer that free things are the sweetest things.
One book which caught my eye was Vivian A. Rich's Cursing the Basil. I flipped through a few pages and looked at the index. Much to my glee there was a chapter on death curses. I was more than happy to take home a book which taught me how to smite my enemies, especially at the low, low price of zero dollars - I took it home.
My frugality and sadism (once again) served me well - this is a wonderful and informative book.
Cursing the Basil examines the use of plants throughout the ages. Her topics range from Roman flower markets to the special treatment of mandrake root to the Byzantine significance of Victorian flower arranging.
Author Vivian A. Rich earned her Ph.D. from the University of London, England. Currently living in Victoria, B.C. Canada she has been known to give lectures at the University of Victoria about the history and lore of flowers and herbs. She is also the author of The Medieval Garden and contributed to the Macmillan Dictionary of Art. Rich, therefore, has a firm grasp on the material at hand.
The author strikes a good balance between erudition and readability. The book, while informative, is easy to pick up and read. The use of plants and the attitudes which surrounded them had never been a subject I considered until I read this book. It provides an account of social history - a field which I too often neglect.
I won't go into too many details because this book is worth reading for one's self. Even though I got this book for free, I would happily pay for it. Although be warned - the death curses don't actually work (not that I tried them...).
But when archaeologists working on a £900,000 conservation project at Binham Priory, in north Norfolk, uncovered two medieval windows dating back to the 13th century, they knew the discovery would provide a rare glimpse into the site's past.
Historians are now working to find out whether or not the two windows at the site's gatehouse were part of a room possibly inhabited by a monk who would have kept a watchful eye on all people, animals and carts entering or leaving the monastery.
The two dressed stone windows had been blocked out when previous owners built a reinforced concrete pen to house a bull on the existing mediaeval building, bricking in the ancient walls. With conservation work currently underway, archaeologists decided to demolish the shed and strip the wall bare to reveal the mediaeval structure that had been hiding underneath for centuries.
“The discovery comes as a surprise,” said Peter Wade-Martins, director of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust. “We were astonished to find these two windows which will now help us to get a better idea of what the gatehouse and indeed what the entire site would have looked like in medieval times.”
The site, which witnessed moments of upheaval from the earliest days of the Norman Conquest through to the dissolution of monasteries at the Reformation, continues to surprise not just historians but also botanists who have recently stumbled across one of Norfolk's rarest plants.
“The wall bedstraw is a very frail flower which grows in chalky soil only,” said Pauline Scott, of the Binham Priory Trust.“
We have recently been told by botanists that 70pc of north Norfolk's wall bedstraw grows here at Binham Priory. As the conservation work includes the restoration of the old precinct wall we are taking great care not to disturb this frail plant and to protect it as much as we can.”
The conservation work is being undertaken as part of an £886,000 project aimed at making the historic priory more accessible to the public, of which £648,500 has been financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The discoveries follow a remarkable fund-raising campaign led by a project team of four and supporters in a village of only 250 residents, which has led to the project securing all of the remaining funds with just a £53,000 shortfall to be found over the coming year.
Planned improvements to the site are: paths to enable disabled access; a new porch in the north aisle to act as a secondary entrance to the church, which is still fully operational for services; the addition of visitor toilets; display space for archaeological finds from the site and a refreshment point. The project, which is due to be completed by September next year, will also see additional information panels. The site is enjoyed by more than 12,000 visitors a year.
Anyone willing to help can contact David Frost from Binham Priory Trust on 01328 830362 or email email@example.com
From: Fakenham & Wells Times
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Planed's Christian Donovan said research was commissioned last year to come up with possible locations.
She said the aim of the projects was to interest people in the history of their communities and get them actively involved in researching their heritage.
This display of 25 manuscripts and leaves from the Getty Museum's collection presents some of the most beautifully decorated initials in manuscripts, tracing the sophisticated relationship between pictures and words in three major categories of decorated letters: ornamented, inhabited or figurative, and historiated.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Now there is one caveat. Since professors will be taking time out of their busy schedules to join us, we want to make sure that we have sizable group of students. If you would like to go, please email us back . If by Thursday (Oct. 11th) we do not have 5-10 people signed up, we will be forced to cancel the event.
Admission for skating is $4.10 for students plus a small skate rental fee (less than $3.00). Rides can be arranged for anyone interested - just let us know in advance. People of all ability are welcome. I can barely skate, yet I enjoy myself every time.
We've had this event several times in the past and it's always great fun. Where else can you see your prof fall flat on his/her face? So if this sounds like fun, let us know you're coming. If you want a specific prof to come, let us know and we'll put extra pressure on them to come.
We hope to hear from you,
1. A General Meeting - Come and voice your opinions on the MSCU's direction this fall and meet the MSCU executive. All people welcomed and encouraged. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10th 2007 in Clearihue A204 starting at 6:30 pm. If you can't make it at that time, feel free to come late.
2. In addition to the General Meeting there will be the first MSCU Movie Night of the year once the meeting concludes. The Movie will be shown after the General Meeting (Wednesday, October 10 th 2007 in Clearihue A204 starting at 6:30 pm). We have several of these movie nights each year. We show movies which relate to the Middle Ages. More often than not, these movies are horrible and we end of laughing our collective bottoms off. As always drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring friends, family and those of non-specific romantic attachment.
We will leave the choice of movie up to you, the audience. Your choices will include: A Knight's Tale, Camelot, The Seventh Seal, and Aladdin - choose wisely...
3. In keeping with the upcoming holiday spirit (Halloween), the MSCU will be holding the second annual Medieval Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza! Here's your chance to carve a pumpkin for your favourite Medieval Studies Department professor or faculty member. It's a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and to show your appreciation for the hard work of the faculty and staff in the department. As we get closer to the day, the date and time will be finalized. If you are interested let us know so that we may reserve you a pumpkin.
4. A Medieval Script Workshop will be offered later this month. Ever wonder what it was like to be a scribe? Now you have a chance to learn. The MSCU will provide all the materials to make your own faux-folio ( i.e. quill, ink, parchment, gold leaf, script hand-book). The date and time for this have yet to be finalized, stay tuned for more information.
5. Skating with the Profs. Several times each year the MSCU goes skating with Medieval Studies Professors. It's a great way for students to get to know professors. In the past we've had Dr Kwakkel, Dr Millwright, and Dr Baboula come skating. If you're interested, let us know. More information will be provided shortly.
Friday, October 5, 2007
But when Jones had finished his 90-minute address on Richard II, he had made a case that the king's aborted reign was "a brave experiment in monarchial rule" usurped by the real tyrant,
Henry used brute force and censorship to establish his power and scared scribes of the day into revising history, said Jones.
To give weight to his thesis, Jones showed slides of paintings and writings altered during Henry's rule and how writers of the day had changed their tunes about both Richard and Henry.
The legend of comedy received hearty applause at the end of his speech and praise from conference organizer, UWO professor Jane Toswell.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail was screened for the medievalists at Conron Hall last night.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Today is the feast day of perhaps the most popular Saint in history, Francis of Assisi.
Living in Italy from 26 Sept. 1181 to 3 Oct. 1226, he was a crucial figure in the mendicant movement, founding the order of Friars Minor (O.F.M., the little brothers). His life was pretty eventful: from receiving orders from God to rebuild the Church in San Damiano, to tossing off his clothes in the middle of the town square in obedience to the bishop's commands to return everything of his father's, to embracing lepers, to jumping into a rose bush at the sight of a beautiful woman, to trying to make peace with Sultan Melek-el-Kamel.
Although Francis was not in favour of his order becoming a teaching order like the Dominicans, one obvious problem being the ownership of books as a contradiction of his rule of absolute poverty, the Franciscans made their mark in Medieval education and had a large role in the development of universities, of which Paris and Oxford come to mind most readily. Famous Medieval Franciscan intellectuals include St Bonaventure, Bl. John Duns Scotus, Alexander of Hales, and Roger Bacon.
Here is a well-known poem Francis wrote in Italian, which in English is known as "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace":
O Signore, fa di me uno strumento della tua Pace:
Dove è odio, fa ch'io porti l'Amore.
Dove è offesa, ch'io porti il Perdono.
Dove è discordia, ch'io porti l'Unione.
Dove è dubbio, ch'io porti la Fede.
Dove è errore, ch'io porti la Verità.
Dove è disperazione,ch'io porti la Speranza.
Dove è tristezza, ch'io porti la Gioia.
Dove sono le tenebre, ch'io porti la Luce.
O Maestro, fa ch'io non cerchi tanto:
Essere consolato, quanto consolare.
Essere compreso, quanto comprendere.
Essere amato,quanto amare.
Si è: Dando, che si riceve;
Perdonando che si è perdonati;
Morendo, che si risuscita a Vita Eterna.