Tag Archives: Middle Ages

Resurrection Hope For Notre Dame

16 Apr

I was in a meeting with my fellow graduate deans when I first saw the pictures. My colleague just handed me his phone. He said something, but I don’t remember his words as the image drowned out everything else. The small screen connected me  to people all over the world and we watched, together, in silence and shock, as fire ravaged Notre Dame.

So begins historian Beth Allison Barr’s historical and theological reflections on the fire in Notre Dame cathedral. You may read her entire Anxious Bench post here.

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Go Medieval by Attaching a Book to Your Belt

23 Apr

A girdle book held by the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

GIRDLE BOOKS HAD TO BE small, and they had to be light. From the bottom edges of their bindings extended an length of leather, usually gathered into a knot at the end. This extension of the cover could be used to carry the book like a purse or could be tucked into a girdle or belt. To read, the owner wouldn’t even have to detach the book; when taken up, the book would be oriented correctly, just as if it had been pulled from a shelf.

So begins Sarah Laskow’s fascinating report on girdle books. You may read the rest of her Atlas Obscura piece here.

Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas

30 Nov

Historian Beth Allison Barr offers some historically-informed reflections on Christmas past and present. (Also, her reflections seem apropos Sinterklaas Day, which will soon be observed here in Orange City.) Read Barr’s Anxious Bench post here: Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas – Anxious Bench

The Gruesome Legend of Swedish King Might Actually Be True

22 Mar

Forensic evidence gives credence to mythic life (and death) of Erik the Lawgiver (Erik the IX), who became Saint Erik. Find the story at Atlas Obscura: The Gruesome Legend of Swedish King Might Actually Be True | Atlas Obscura

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