New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Via New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Once again, sharing my love of all things medieval. But the first listed book: it’s on Wallachia and Vlad Tepes! So, really something so absolutely impressive that I’m in love. Like, book love. Only problem, finding a copy in English will be expensive. Buying a copy will take me some time, as I am on a budget. Other offerings here are cheaper though. So take a look for good historical book recommendations.


Beekeeping Through the Middle Ages

Source: Beekeeping from Antiquity Through the Middle Ages

Continuing my interest in all things medieval & historical. I’ve recently been kind of interested in beekeeping. It’s kind of a smaller part of my more major interest in all things medieval.

Well, actually, I remember being marginally interested in beekeeping and honey back in elementary school, back in my 5th grade special program I was a part of. See, the whole spring semester we spent studying the “middle ages” and learning about history, religion, economics, politics, and social studies. It was so fascinating. We got to learn real arts, too. So: beekeeping, felting, wool-carding, knitting, quill-making, parchment-making, tanning, hat-making–and other arts and crafts.

I was part of the “book-keepers” guild for the project–we made quills and did a whole learning on quills, ink and how they were made and used at those times. Other kids in my class and the other classes were in other “guilds” with other interests.

The beekeeping though! I was only mildly interested back in 5th grade. Nowadays though, I’m far more interested. It’s fascinating stuff. I’m really very interested in learning more about it, so I’ve been reading up more on it. Gives me an excuse to buy new books, too.

So, check out this article if you’re interested in some historical beekeeping knowledge!

Update on the Haul

Updating on my last post! Since some family stuff has come up, I haven’t had the time to go through all my books yet. Slow going since this is “holiday season” and there’s just a lot of family obligations plus stuff going on, so it’s a slow time anyway.

As one of you so kindly pointed out to me, the reason that so many Kindle books might be free is because they might have been stolen from the proper owners and republished without permission. So, I’ve been checking that out (slowly, but surely). But the first run through has told me that so far none of my books were plagiarized or stolen. So that’s great news.

I’m obviously going to continue checking the rest of my recent “pagan” haul of books and make sure they’re all correctly supposed to be there. If any aren’t, I’m obviously going to take care of that. All in all, a pretty good update until I’ve gotten a bit more time to make sure that they’re all properly ‘sold’ books to me before I actually write up reviews about them.

Kindle Book Haul

I’ve recently picked up a bunch of Kindle books to read. I’m slowly going through a few of them to get some little reviews up and to do some readings. But like, a bunch of them are…there’s no other word for it: hogwash. I mean, I kind of always knew that anyone could get their crap published. But wow. I’m baffled beyond all belief at some of the stuff I’ve gotten.

Like, I know the old adage “you get what you pay for”. And free ebooks are free (sometimes for a reason). But sometimes special deals are a thing. And I also have bought a few others (which are good – and I’m working on reviews of those, too!), so there’s that. But some of these books are just utterly full of so much bullshit that it’s beyond disbelief. It’s strayed into the realm of total….eh, “crazy” works.

I’m not going to even attempt to get into it here. I’ll have a few reviews sometime soon to share. I think I’ll do a 2-fer and share 2 reviews in one post. That way I don’t just repeat myself in 2 posts back-to-back; because that would just be unbelievably cruel to do.

Cunningham’s Magical Herbs

Remember how ages ago I posted about my first impression of Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (here’s a link!)? Well, I finally got around to writing about my final impressions of it. No, it didn’t actually take me 2 years to read it. I just got, well distracted, and never got around to writing my impressions of it.

So, here we go!

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Making Modern Migraine Medieval: Hildegard of Bingen

Source: Making Modern Migraine Medieval

This is an interesting historical article about history, historical analysis, and modern historiography. Super interesting look into how sometimes theories take on lives of their own, and how they end up blowing up and bunkering down–even if the underlying science has changed in the meantime. It’s fascinating really, and a very interesting article.

A Summary of Sleeping Beauty

Another take on history of Sleeping Beauty. Or, that being my favorite fairy tale, and some fun facts about it from another perspective. A nice little look into the tale for a fun, short little read. Do go check it out for some nice fairy tale history.

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The meaning of a curious fairy story

‘Sleeping Beauty’ is, depending on which version of the story you read, called Sleeping Beauty, Talia, Little Briar Rose, Rosamond, or Aurora. This is because, like many other classic fairy tales, the tale of Sleeping Beauty exists in numerous versions, each of which is subtly – or, in some cases, quite strikingly – different from the others. In the Italian version published in the Pentamerone, an Italian collection of fairy tales published in 1634, the heroine is named Talia. Charles Perrault, in his version published later in the century, calls her the Sleeping Beauty. The Brothers Grimm call her Dornröschen or ‘Little Briar Rose’, which is sometimes adapted as ‘Rosamond’. In the Disney film, the adult heroine is named Aurora. For the purposes of clarity here, we’re going to call her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ or ‘the princess’.

Nevertheless, the overall plot of these…

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Global Medieval Sourcebook

Source: Global Medieval Sourcebook

This is something I just found; courtesy of a friend of mine who knows how much I obsess over and love medieval literature & texts! It’s a sourcebook (kind of duh) of all sorts of medieval items. So, songs, texts, prose–it’s a set of different resources that are curated by Stanford and are now being presented online for people to read and look at.

Currently there aren’t a whole lot of things online–but if they continue to add more sources, this would be an excellent source for all sorts of interesting texts. I’m hopeful that they’ll continue to add more texts as they go; because this is quite promising. Also, currently there are a good few options in German (Early New High, Middle High, Old High). So of course, my little German heart is delighted.

I definitely recommend checking this out for some good reading, and just for any kind of general research interest that might pop up. It’s fun to read, at the very least.

10 Poems about Stars

Source: 10 of the Best Poems about Stars

These are beautiful. There’s just something… fascinating and also awe-inspiring about the stars and the night sky. It’s kind of an ongoing obsession of mine, a fascination to see just what you can see by gazing at the sky. Of course, with air pollution it’s difficult to see how beautiful the sky is at night (in the city) — but these poems are nice, and remind me of pretty, star-light nights.

Under der linden – English

I know I usually write about German literature being from the middle ages (I’m a bit obsessed, what can I say?); it’s kind of a habit. So if you want to read auf Deutsch, that’s the German version link to this post. I’ve been reading a lot of medieval German literature though, and thus goes the theme of my German-related writing at the moment.

So, I’ve written about Minnesänger before. I like them, I like that style. And one of the most famous of the group (arguably the most famous) is Walther von der Vogelweide. I heard that name long before I ever studied his work or anything that he had written or anything to do with Middle High German literature or even that time period. So, suffice to say that at least from an American college perspective on medieval German literature: he’s vastly important and famous.

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