By history's standards the
Middle Ages might have been the ultimate test of faith for the Jews
of Europe. Living in ghettos, vilified by Catholic popes and Crusaders,
and 'cleansed' from Spain during the Inquisition, they nonetheless
prevailed and kept the faith. Check out a cyber-treasure of illustrated
manuscripts and religious artifacts that remain a testament to the
medieval Jewish art of survival….
- The definitive look at the
Jewish Middle Ages is at Beyond
the Pale: The Middle Ages with period illustrations that
are plentiful, and depictions of Jews in European medieval folklore
that are, well, downright bizarre…
- The Cairo Geniza was unearthed
nearly 100 years ago and has since been hailed as the medieval
equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls. See it at A
Window into Jewish Medieval Life.
Jewish Image Gallery is
an eyeful of religious artifacts and illuminations, courtesy the
University of Pennsylvania…
René's Tournament Book Or,
How to Hold a Tournament … from a 15th century source.
It includes everything from the first opening trumpet to the etiquette
of donating the crests and banners to local charities (see the
hyperlink Miscellaneous Other Rules)…
- The mother of all knight sites,
Chivalry and Tournaments Resource Library is dedicated
to keeping alive personal honor, courage, courtesy and other outdated
notions. With loads of period documents, commentary and info.
Medieval Knight was the equivalent of the modern tank,’
from ThinkQuest on the typical armament worn for battle.
Read on and follow a medieval teenager’s rise into full-fledged
- And check out New York Carver's
own look at medieval combat at European
Martial Arts: Alive & Well... by guest writer David
Hidden away inside cathedrals
and churches, lying in wait underneath the choir stalls... are the
misericords. They’re the hand carved seats in which medieval monks
took great comfort, especially during long services. The word itself
derives from the Latin meaning ‘compassionate.’ The carvings, however,
are anything but. More than a few depictions of village idiots,
local clergy and wanton women were removed in the Victorian era
for being too obscene. Take a look…
- A fox preaches to a goose
and a rooster, a whale regurgitates Jonah, and other strangeness
Minster Misericords .
- For their sheer number and
subject matter, Exeter
Cathedral Misericords are considered the finest in the
UK and maybe all of Western Europe…
- These four huge graphics of
take a long time to download and worth every minute, even
with partial descriptions.
- Check out New York Carver's look
for Heaven's Sake by guest writer and professional wood
carver, Chris Pye.
- Russian, dark and brooding,
Nevsky should be seen for the medieval battle scenes alone.
- The silent movie filmed in
1928 and the first in a long line of ‘Joan of Arc movies.’ The
Passion of Joan of Arc continues to hold its own as the
- "Hello. My name is Inigo
Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die!"
Boasting the most memorable lines since Monty Python &
The Holy Grail, The
Princess Bride …
Python & The Holy Grail Bring out your dead…
A June 1999 issue of the now
defunct NewYorkCarver Newsletter brought about an avalanche
of suggestions from readers with their favorite museum stops on
the Net. For the final results, click
- With a cool 'pop-up' glossary
to help explain, i.e., chant, syncopation, motets, troubadours,
etc.; plus sound files, period illustrations and more at End
of Europe's Middle Ages: Music
- Here's another cool overview
with special attention paid to Guillaume de Machaut, the 14th
century composer who improvised the polyphonic singing style that
continued red hot into the Renaissance. Listen up at Music
History 102: The Middle Ages…
- Fiddle around at The
- Check out the 'Iconography'
to see common depictions in period artwork. The
Medieval Recorder was easy to store, transport, and akin
to the American cowboy's harmonica…
is an online treasury of medieval mysticism
that started with a one-room flat in Florence and a computer…
- Canadian readers have been
reporting in on Mystic
Women, a weekly series from Vision TV on the medieval
religious mystique. Now check out the site…
British, Welsh, Scottish and Irish legends…
Gather around for the tales of
Piper of Hamelin...
The mythic mega-site, Encyclopedia
also see this section's Robin