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Automata of the Middle Ages

This topic is one of the interesting intersections between my medieval research and my current research into Chinese technology. Some of the earliest known automated figures are clock jacks–figures that come out and do something when a clock strikes a certain hour. 373 more words


14th Century Garb for Lorenzo

I’m not sure why this doesn’t already have a page, because I’ve been working on it for a ridiculous amount of time. Seriously, an embarrassingly long time. 254 more words


Nepal, 14th c. Padmapani stele

Avalokiteshvara, in his Padmapani (lotus bearer) form, is standing on a lotus (his attendants  on each side of him) with a long-stemmed lotus leaning on each arm, and a lotus flower in the palm of one hand.   137 more words

Buddhist Sculpture

A footnote in history

In a recent post, I wrote about Margareta of Denmark, a rather impressive woman who ended up as the de facto ruler of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. 1,203 more words


© The Priory Gatehouse, UK

Today’s images concentrates on the Priory Gatehouse in the UK.

It is only a small part of the monastic priory ruins based in Thetford and is a rare example of a Gatehouse from the 14th century, constructed of stones and flint that still survives today. 102 more words

Word or the Day Wednesday July 2, 2014: Dalliance



:  an act of dallying: as

a :  play; especially :  amorous play

b :  frivolous action :  trifling

First Use: 14th Century

Word Of The Day


Concealed behind the language we speak

Other languages speak in silence

Ones that we know but avoid

The languages of childhood and loss

Papery voices distant and light… 52 more words