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Colmar and Alsatian Wine Country

On our first morning in Strasbourg, our hosts delivered breakfast in a giant market basket. Inside was a note tied up into a scroll detailing the contents of our traditional Alsatian breakfast: fresh-squeezed orange juice, a whole baguette, Quetsch jam made from a local variety of plum, fresh white cheese, granola and honey, Comté cheese and Black Forest bacon. 647 more words


The Black Death's Far Reach

Europeans and the Black Death

Of all the crises that occurred during the fourteenth century in Europe, the Black Death seems to have had the most traumatic impact on the European population. 824 more words


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