Medieval History: Pola of Rome, A Medieval Jewish Female Scribe

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Something I hadn’t considered before: whereas the Christians had a system of monasteries to copy their holy texts, the Jews did not have the luxury of permanent establishments, particularly in the middle ages. Finding this article by Cait Stevenson on Pola of Rome, a medieval female Jewish scribe, was one of the best parts of […]

Book List Updates, October 30, 2018

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Here are this week’s “oooh” items for the Book List, thanks to The Medieval Magazine: Medieval Sensibilities: A History of Emotions in the Middle Ages, By Damien Boquet and Piroska Nagy, translated by Robert Shaw Polity Press, ISBN: 978-1-5095-1465-6 Excerpt: What were the emotional consequences of the Christianization of Europe? In Medieval Sensibilities, Damien Boquet […]

Historic Photos of Icelandic Women from the Daniel Bruun Collection, Danish National Museum

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Iceland Magazine has a wonderful spread of historic photos of Icelandic women in traditional clothing. The photos are from the Daniel Bruun Collection at the Danish National Museum. (Warning: the museum site has a significant number of photos in its online collection—you may be there a while.) The hats are fabulous! This one looks a […]

Doing the Homework

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I fell into a Tumblr discussion yesterday about the need to read as part of developing a spiritual practice. This was a discussion among heathens, so the reading was specifically focused on the sagas and lore, but it applies to any spiritual practice. There are many ways to work with the gods, and for many […]

The Gods of Asgard at Mardi Gras, 1895

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While searching for images of Norse gods, I found the online archives of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans. The archive contains the artwork of the Mardi Gras floats designed by Carlotta Bonnecaze, who designed the floats for the Krewe of Proteus for 11 years. Her work is astonishing, given that […]

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