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Mar. 18th, 2011

Athena of Pireus


big fat history book - YOURS FOR FREE!

- um, if you can read Chinese and use big fat .pdf documents. I have a beautiful e-copy of THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES in Chinese which I don't need, but would hate to have to delete. Anyone who asks can have a copy.

Mar. 13th, 2011



Kalamazoo meet-up??

Information for those going to the Zoo is here.

Please feel free to link back and otherwise pass the word.


Feb. 26th, 2011


The Bayeux Tapestry

I am brainstorming a topic for my class and would be excited to hear other's thoughts on this topic.  Any thoughts at all are of interest to me because I am ashamed to admit that I had not heard of this before.  Perhaps that is why I chose this one for my paper.  I know the basics at this point; history of the Norman conquest, not it isn't really a tapestry but embroidery, Latin, only a few people named, very few women depicted, end of tapestry missing etc. 

What is most interesting to me at this point are the borders.  I have read so far that they depict Aesops fables, some other medieval folktales, sometimes seem to be related to the story, sometime not.  May signify dissent of those who made tapestry and disagreed with the way this history was recorded etc.  I have found several interesting sites, articles and mention of books.  Any recommended resources, one's I should not miss? 

I hope it does not look like I am asking other's to do my work for me.  I think better in discussion and just sort of need a place to start.  Thanks.

Feb. 9th, 2011

im with stupid


CFP: "Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered"

Throughout history, the city has functioned as a dynamic nexus of cultural, political, and economic identities, a complex forum for the construction of social categories like ethnicity, class, and gender. Seeking to expand the discourse on this dynamic urbanism to a global platform and beyond the confines of periodization, the Fordham University History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) invites proposals for papers on urban history for a one-day conference to be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City. We are especially interested in papers that introduce innovative methods or approaches to the study of urban identities, as well as those that address problems of periodization, but proposals may cover any aspect of urban history from any period or region of the world. Reflecting this conference’s goal of breaching temporal and spatial boundaries, sessions will be organized around common themes and topics rather than specific geographies or historical periods. Potential topics may include:

• Urban planning, environment, and architecture
• The arts and civic patronage
• Centers and peripheries
• Civic administration, management, institutions, and politics
• Poverty, charity and the social margins
• Law, crime, and policing
• Demographic change
• Immigration and emigration
• Civic religion, ritual, and interfaith conflicts
• Women, families, and domesticity
• Youth culture and education
• Protest, resistance, and unrest
• Entertainments, performance, and habits of consumption
• Utopias and dystopias
• Economies, wealth, and class conflict

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Guy Ortolano (NYU)

This conference is open to all. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes in length, along with a C.V., to fordhamhgsa@gmail.com by April 15, 2011. Accepted papers will be pre-circulated to panel commentators and panel participants. For additional information, contact Esther Cuenca at fordhamhgsa@gmail.com or visit www.fordhamhgsa.org

Sponsored by the Fordham University HGSA and the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Please forward and repost elsewhere. Thank you

Feb. 7th, 2011

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Setting on a crusade - a question

How long did it take to prepare for a crusade for say, a middle ranking noble who joined the host of a king for example?


Jan. 30th, 2011

cheshire cat


Anglo-Saxon Dictionary

Hello, all,

This summer I plan on spending some time teaching myself some Old English in preparation of graduate school. But I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good dictionary? A web-based dictionary would be nice, but I'd prefer if anybody knew of a good paperback.

Thanks in advance! :)

Jan. 12th, 2011



Selling books ... medieval books

Hopefully this is okay to post here, I know I've bought books that were posted to this comm but that was years ago.

I'm about to move and start library school and I desperately need to get rid of a lot of my books (not to mention, make some extra cash). I was in a Medieval Studies MA program for several years and I have a huge number of books from that time, some from classes I took, some from classes I taught, some from the Exhibit Hall at Congress. DX

I'm selling them here. The medieval stuff is listed first. Take a look if you please. :)

Dec. 16th, 2010


Only in Wikipedia

Someone began an article this week on the London Greyfriars (amazingly, there was no article already).  Then the Wikipedians tried to delete it, imagining that nothing created on Wikipedia after 10 years of its existence could possibly be notable.  Fortunately the article survived deletion.

This edit is also quite amusing.  Someone changed "habits" to "robes" with the comment  "robes is better than habits. Habit is usually used when referring to behavior, not robes".  Enjoy.

Nov. 10th, 2010


Some book advice!

Hello, I'm doing an opuscle about the Fisher King in Chrétien's "Li contes del Graal", I was searching some book advice. I've already checked some information around Internet, but I'm sure there is a lot of good material published (in fact, my problem is that I don't know what to choose!). I want to emphasize the possible inspiration that Chrétien took in king Baldwin IV for his character. I'm also interested in another comparisons (I heard someone comparing him with Oedipus, as an example).

Thanks for your help!

Nov. 8th, 2010

text by me, Baldwin, orig by escapist



Hello historians, I'm Susan, seeking the help of the good people here.
This is my first post here. I'm also active (kind of) at the forum King Baldwin.
Truth be told, I'm writing a story and I'm not sure about the plausibility of one part, so let me start with some questions if I may;
Lets say a flock of people (not soldiers, not pilgrims, just random people expelled from their native land for whatever reason) arrived to a city in a different realm (say, Outremer) with the plans of staying there for a longer time period.
What would be the reaction of the leaders of the given city?
Would they take them in?
Would they refuse them and send them away?
If the latter, what would be the reasoning?
If they would take them in, would they help their settling in any way?
In the city proper or in the surrounding villages?
What would be the rights and obligations of the newcomers?
Is there an example to that in history?

Thank you for your help in advance.

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