Tag Archive: Renaissance

Medieval Catholicism was not as gloomy as the BBC portrays it

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BBC iPlayer is the most wonderful invention. When you flop onto the sofa late at night you can catch up with all the programmes you should have seen earlier. Just recently I have caught up with The Renaissance Unchained, which is presented by the hugely engaging Waldemar Januszczak. The first episode concentrated on the northern…

CD REVIEW: Dowry of a Troll Woman by Perkelt

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I’ve reviewed a few CDs on the website before. There was the Medieval Christmas CD and the Medieval folk rock metal band out of Poland. Today I’m reviewing the CD Dowry of a Troll Woman by the band Perkelt hailing from the Czech Republic and recently relocated to the United Kingdom. They bill themselves as…

Medieval Metal: Pospolite Ruszenie CD review

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I am always on the look out for good medieval music. Last month I reviewed Moat Jumpers Christmas CD, Christmas At The Renaissance Fair. Recently I discovered a band out of Poland named Pospolite Ruszenie. Their latest album, I am stuck in my ways and still call them albums, not very 21st century I know!,…

Medieval Law and the Romans

Today we have a guest post by Jonathan Arnold on Medieval Law. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some More Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq. arnoldandassocs@gmail.com The very term Medieval connotes…

MAP#20 – Moat Jumper CD and Interview with Joe Matzzie

Moat Jumper, Christmas at the Renaissance Fair

Today we have a review of the debut CD by Moat Jumper, Christmas At The Renaissance Fair. Moat Jumper is a group of World Class musicians that came together for a new collaboration of Medieval and Renaissance Christmas songs. We also talk to musician and producer Joe Matzzie about his background, the forming of the…

Italian town prepares to joust

It is time for the butcher to polish up his battle-axe and the schoolmistress to stitch fresh silks on her noblewoman’s gown as the hired horseman hones his lance and primes his mount for combat. Jousting season in Sulmona, and the people of this ancient town, nestled in Italy’s central mountains, are making fevered preparations…

Gale Adds Medieval and Renaissance Works to British Literary Manuscripts Online

Gale, part of Cengage Learning announced the release of British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance, the second installment of the British Literary Manuscripts Online series. Following the release of the first installment in May 2009, this additional digital archive brings nearly 565,000 pages of unique author manuscripts into the hands of students, educators and…

Heather Hirschfeld named Riggsby Director of Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Heather Hirschfeld, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, associate professor of English, has been named the new Riggsby Director of the university’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Hirschfeld is set to begin work Jan. 1, 2011. A specialist in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and a UT faculty member since 2000, Hirschfeld said she looks…

The Rose Ensemble makes sweet concert of St. Francis songs

The Rose Ensemble presented a spectacularly tight concert of music about St. Francis of Assisi in St. Joseph Chapel, which is both a great acoustic setting for Renaissance music and the home of the School Sisters of St. Francis. The Franciscan nuns in the audience were a reminder of the music’s sacred nature; so were…