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Work in Progress: Defamation in Medieval Valencia

Work in Progress: Defamation in Medieval Valencia

At the moment I am doing research for a paper about cases of injurious speech–insults and verbal altercations–in thirteenth and fourteenth century Valencia using (a transcription of) court documents. I am very far from being done, but this is the first time I’ve used these kinds of sources and I am very excited to write about them! So, after translating some witness testimony about a case that I…

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Stray Thoughts: ISIS and the Language of Barbarism

John Kerry is doing it. Chris Matthews is doing it. Huffington Post is doing it. Everyone’s doing it!

Over the past couple weeks, I have been thinking about (and bothered by) the dehumanizing language of barbarism/savagery surrounding ISIS. I have been hesitant to post about it, and am still not sure I can formulate my thoughts into a coherent post. So, in lieu of that, here are some stray…

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The Consequences of Being a Medievalist

Aside: The Consequences of Being a Medievalist

Last night I had a series of unusual dreams.

First, I had a dream that I walked in on one of my friends–who has always been very religions–levitating and speaking to demons. When I began telling people what I had seen, my demonic friend flew to where I was to shut me up with a series of threats.

Then, I dreamt that my boyfriend–a gentle and honest person in the non-dream world–killed someone as a…

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The Adventures of the Reluctant Hermit and Death Angel!

The Adventures of the Reluctant Hermit and Death Angel! Medieval Morality and Modern Sensibilities

Even though I study the Middle Ages, and love them in a “No, I would never want to live back then” kind of way, I am often surprised by how much certain aspects of medieval culture resonate with modern sexy sensibilities.

You see, yesterday my friend and I translated a passage from the Gesta Romanorum, a 13th century collection of Latin stories. I had translated some stories from the Gesta…

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Changing Gears

Since last year, when I first started this blog, a lot of my posts have had to do with work I was doing for my Master’s thesis. You know, maps, Gog and Magog, and the like. Well, since June, I have finished my thesis and have completed my Master’s Degree, and I am now preparing to embark on a new journey as a PhD student. As a part of this new journey, I am turning my focus to some new topics and…

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Liberation of St Peter, Domenichino, 1604.

At San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome.

https://flic.kr/p/oXnkSn

https://flic.kr/p/oESEay

I couldn’t figure out how to upload a photo directly, I hope those links work for you. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, the lighting was pretty challenging in there.

[mod note] I took the liberty of formatting this into a photo post on your behalf, and thank you for your submission! Reader photos are my favorite.

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sharpestrose:

theroguefeminist:

cetaceanhandiwork:

reminder that since ursula is a straight-up shapeshifter, it follows that, if her accustomed form is pear-shaped and visibly aged, it’s because that’s how she likes it

win

Ursula’s design is based on Divine. In a story about voices, she’s quite literally an echo of one that once yelled “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself”. Ursula is exactly who she wants to be. 

sharpestrose:

theroguefeminist:

cetaceanhandiwork:

reminder that since ursula is a straight-up shapeshifter, it follows that, if her accustomed form is pear-shaped and visibly aged, it’s because that’s how she likes it

win

Ursula’s design is based on Divine. In a story about voices, she’s quite literally an echo of one that once yelled “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself”. Ursula is exactly who she wants to be. 

(via a-spoon-is-born)

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lion-headed peacockMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a

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lion-headed peacock

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a

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a-spoon-is-born:

Queen of Sheba
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

Conrad Kyeser, Bellifortis. Bohemia, before 1405.
Parchment. 140 fols., 320 by 240 mm. Cod. philos. 63, fol. 122r.
Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany. H
ickey & Robertson, the Menil Foundation, Houston.
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a-spoon-is-born:

Queen of Sheba
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

Conrad Kyeser, Bellifortis. Bohemia, before 1405.

Parchment. 140 fols., 320 by 240 mm. Cod. philos. 63, fol. 122r.

Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany. H

ickey & Robertson, the Menil Foundation, Houston.

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