Posts Tagged: medieval

Wishing and Hoping: Card Tricks, Love Spells, and Methods of Escape

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I’ll go one further and posit that we need our illusionists: to disprove our eyes, investigate our dreams, and sometimes charm the money from our pockets.

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Rushdie Goes Medieval

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Salman Rushdie, no stranger to controversy, now finds himself under scrutiny from a different sort of institution: the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Caines, writing for TLS, takes issue with Rushdie’s recent use of the word “medieval” in a statement made about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Caines unpacks the word’s historical usage in distancing Renaissance thinkers […]

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Cats Haven’t Changed Much Since the 1400s

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Elegant words from a manuscript painstakingly illustrated by a fifteenth-century scribe: “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam.” Translation: “Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night.” The blog Medieval Fragments has more on the cats that both bedeviled and entertained the monks of the Middle […]

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People of Color in Medieval Art

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A few days ago, Morning Coffee dispenser Dan Weiss mentioned Medieval POC, a blog examining the appearance of people of color in European art history. The blog’s creator, Malisha Dewalt, recently participated in a roundtable chat with other art historians and medievalists for NPR’s Code Switch. Their conversation is eye-opening, ranging from the way art textbooks […]

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