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A medieval ”postcard”: “I am a beast! Greetings from Onfim to Danilo”. Adorned by a picture of a fantastic beast and sent by a Novgorod schoolboy called Onfim to his friend in the 13th century the drawing is made on birch bark. 1/ #medievaltwitter #manuscripts
Here are Onfim’s friends below some writing exercises. 2/
A knight in a ferocious battle with a lance *and* a sword! 3/
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Okay here we go.
In medieval Wales land was owned and managed under the gwely system, by which land was held by the family as a four generational family concern.
Land was ultimately a family commodity.
#Wales #History #medievaltwitter #WelshHistory
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No one person truly owned the land. It was owned by the family as a whole. With each inheritor essentially owning a lifetime interest in the land. As such gwely or family land (land held by an established free Welsh family as opposed to land worked by unfree tenants
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or by religious institutions) could not be sold or bought since no individual could dispose of land which ultimately belonged to the family as a whole and to their descendants.
(Although people would obviously find ways to work around this legal hitch).
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The Albi mappa mundi: the oldest surviving medieval map of the world. Preserved in a ms produced in the 8th c. in Southern France or Spain it is an extraordinary witness of how the world was seen at the turn between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages 1/ #medievaltwitter
Here is a sketch of the map from Konrad Miller's Mappae Mundi (1895) which allows us to read a bit better all the labels. Look at tiny Britain in the lower left and at Jerusalem, which although big, is not at the very centre. 2/
The manuscript itself (Albi Inv. Ms 29 (115)) is a carefully curated collection of texts ranging from Biblical commentaries to geographical extracts. It is a little knowledge capsule, a vademecum to the early medieval world. You can see it all here: 3/

…cilia.mediatheques.grand-albigeois.fr/collection/ite…
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The thing I love about medieval dragons in European manuscripts is that so many of the drawings are smol and cute. This is a silly #MedievalTwitter thread of smol, adorable dragons.

(Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, MS W.37, f. 128r))
Lil baby is barely any bigger than the letters.

(BL, MS Additional 16577, f. 44v)
Little buddy is trying his best.

(St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek - Cod. Sang. 598 – Vitaspatrum, German. Life of Saint Meinrad - p. 528)
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Thread: rainbows in medieval art rarely have the same color scheme we associate with rainbows now. An interesting example of how different periods can represent the same observable phenomenon totally differently.

(BL, MS Cotton MS Claudius B IV f 16v) #MedievalTwitter 1/16
Here's a picture of the rainbow God sends to Noah to show He's agreed not to send anymore floods. Just reddish and greenish, with some white in the middle.

(Morgan Library, MS M338, f. 145r) 2/16
Another Noah rainbow, this one with what looks like four basic colors.

(BnF, MS Français 1753, f. 5) 3/16
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For our last week, my Global Medieval Lit class is reading the 15th-century Ethiopian story of the Virgin Mary, The Cannibal of Qəmər, in which a rich cannibal eats 78 people but does one (1) good deed, so the Virgin Mary persuades Jesus to let him into heaven. #MedievalTwitter Image
In the story, the cannibal (a wealthy man) eats his family and servants, then goes looking for more victims. A beggar asks him for a sip of water in Mary's name, and he reluctantly grants it (but just one sip!). Image
Unable to find victims and refusing to eat bread, the cannibal starves to death in a cave.

Dragged before Jesus by devils, the cannibal's soul is immediately sentenced to Hell, but Mary intervenes. Image
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After intros, @prof_nmehdiz makes the great point that we can (and should) talk about power structures in every time period. @DrDadabhoy talks about how white supremacy structures our disciplines. #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #FolgerCRC
Another great point by @DrDadabhoy that we don't name whiteness in our courses: all-white courses and canons are just called "English Literature," "British Lit," etc. The goal is to make the invisible whiteness visible. #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #FolgerCRC
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Hi Twitter, #MedievalTwitter and #TwitterStorians!

On this first summer #MondayManuscript thread of mine, I'd like to kick this off with the research of medieval tournament illuminations, as to illustrate my @askhistorians contribution on the topic. ⬇️

reddit.com/r/AskHistorian…
This will be a live tweeting experiment, so either come along the way with me (or us?) or come back once the thread is over 🥰⬇️

First stop at the @BDLSS with the wonderful Douce 308 which contains Jacques Bretel's "Tournoy de Chauvency".

digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/inquire/p/6379…
Let's head to folio 107r where the poem begins and tells the story of a lavish tournament held in the northern parts France in 1285 which also involved many nobles from the Holy Roman Empire such as the Luxemburg brothers. Digital Bodleian, Tournoi de Chauvency, Douce 308
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There's a new Op-Ed about how "medieval" America's response to the plague is. I'm sure #MedievalTwitter has thoughts, but, since my Global Medieval Lit class happens to have been reading plague narratives, lemme just say that there was not a single "medieval" response. 1/20
My class read Boccaccio's introduction to the Decameron this week (about the Plague), & they read Ibn al-Wardi's Risalah (also about the Plague) two weeks ago. Here's a quick thread on the two texts & on differing medieval Christian & Muslim responses to plague. 2/20
Al-Wardi finished his text shortly before his death on March 18th, 1349, the same year Boccaccio is believed to have begun the Decameron. The Decameron was a collection of short stories intended to block out thoughts of the plague, while Al-Wardi wrote only about the plague. 3/20
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In honour of my recent appointment to education minister by @cymrocarn I'm going to lob a LOT of info your way about a prince of Powys.
Introducing Owain ap Cadwgan, Powysian badboy
#welshhistory
#Wales #medievaltwitter #medieval #powys #History
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11th and 12th century Powys was an absolute mess. Following the death of daddy dom Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, his half brothers Bleddyn and Rhiwallon inherited Gwynedd and Powys, having colluded and helped in their brothers destruction and eventual murder.
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Rhiwallon died early and it was the descendants of Bleddyn who would continue to rule in Powys for the next few centuries. After the death of Bleddyn in 1075 Powys collapsed into an incoherent mess of competing princes and branches of the royal dynasty fighting for the crown
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**Newsflash #MedievalTwitter**

'Inks and Paints of the #MiddleEast: A Handbook of #Abbasid Art Technology', @joumajnouna's new book, is AMAZING! 🎨🖌️📖

And here's why: a thread touching on #Manuscripts, #MedievalMedicine, #GlobalMiddleAges, etc. (1/12)
Note: this informative, accessible (and, extra bonus, beautiful) handbook is a good read for historians of all periods - not just medievalists! - but it's especially relevant for medievalists, archaeologists, conservators, artists, material scientists, etc. (2/12)
And it should be essential reading for anyone working on/interested in:
- Manuscript studies #Manuscripts
- History of medicine & pharmacy #MedievalMedicine #MedMed #HistMed
- The transfer of knowledge/movement of substances in a global context #GlobalMiddleAges

Why? (3/12)
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A thread by Prof. Green that criticizes the historiography of Dr. MRO's recent article about how we talk about the links between COVID & the Black Death has been making the rounds. I just want to highlight one thing about the reactions to Prof. Green's thread. #MedievalTwitter
Prof. Green's critique of Dr. MRO's historiography is specific & demonstrates Prof. Green's status as a leading Black Death scholar. I am not criticizing Prof. Green, but instead how some others have taken that critique to mean something larger about Dr. MRO as a scholar.
Nobody is above--or should be above--critique, but when a black historian's critique of a junior black woman's historiography is seized upon to make much larger comments about the junior black woman, there is something more going on than a desire for scholarly rigor.
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This week, my Global Medieval Literature class is turning towards a several-week-long discussion of how a global historical event--the Bubonic Plague--affected literature. This was planned long before COVID, but obviously the parallels are hard to ignore. #MedievalTwitter
This week, they are reading the 14th-century Syrian writer Ibn al-Wardi’s "Risalah al-naba’ ‘an al-waba" & Mary Rambaran-Olm’s new essay “‘Black Death’ Matters: A Modern Take on a Medieval Pandemic.”
Al-Wardi's Risalah is an eyewitness account of the devastation of the Plague in Aleppo, Syria and beyond, and remains the only eyewitness account from the Middle East. It's written in a stunning combination of prose and poetry. Image
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Ok, no time like the present to talk abt the term "Anglo-Saxon" more seriously w/ some resources. These ppl here in this clip are exactly the types we are often confronted w/ saying the term describes 'heritage' & is attached to whiteness. They are wrong. 1/17 #medievaltwitter
As has been discussed by a number of scholars, the term is wrapped up in racist rhetoric not just now but has been embedded and tied to white supremacy for centuries. See here: 2/17
"Race" too is complicated. It is a socio-political category with a historical context. It was created to refer specifically to non-white people & ppl use this to reinforce white supremacy. Racists love to use the term "A-S" as a race. They are wrong. 3/17
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Depuis deux semaines, le sujet des #ViolencesPolicieres déchire les Etats-Unis, mais aussi la France. Derrière la colère se pose une question cruciale : comment contrôler les policiers ? Cette question préoccupe énormément les médiévaux. Un thread ⬇️ ! #histoire #medievaltwitter
À partir du début du XIIIe siècle, les officiers royaux se multiplient dans les grands royaumes d’Occident, en particulier la France et l’Angleterre. Juges, baillis, shériffs, collecteurs d’impôts, sergents du guet, etc... sont de plus en plus nombreux
Cette croissance accompagne la construction très progressive de nouvelles formes politiques, et participe en fait de ce qu’on appelle souvent la « genèse de l’Etat moderne ».
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ok, so a couple of things've published recently on "neo-feudalism" and a "return to the Middle Ages." these pieces are both nonsense but reveal a lot about popular conceptions of (a) the Euro Middle Ages, and (b) doing history in general. 1/ #medievaltwitter #twitterstorians
this by an urban geographer posits a "return to feudalism" accelerated by the pandemic. there's a whole book apparently. 2/ thedailybeast.com/the-coronaviru…
and this by a political science professor who specializes in American election law argues that we're treating Pres. Trump like a pope and we should rid ourselves of religious superstition. yay modernity. 3/ counterpunch.org/2020/05/29/tru…
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Wrong! The incorrect citations in this 12th C. copy of the Commentary on the Psalms by Peter Lombard are indicated by illuminated versions of the authors themselves.

Cassiodorus says "I don't approve" pointing with a spear to a wrong passage. Trinity MS B.5.4 #medievaltwitter 1/
Not me! Points out St Augustine.

MS B.5.4 (and it's second-part sibling, @BDLSS MS. Auct. E. inf. 6) were commissioned by Herbert of Bosham, chaplain and confidant of no other but Thomas 'Richard Burton' Beckett himself in the 1160s. 2/
Here I would object!

The manuscripts are a true tour de force of mise-en-page, with a system of colourful lines and dots indicating the source of a particular expression. 3/
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The thing I love about the Lamb of God is that it *sounds* sweet in the abstract because lambs are cute.

But in its only physical appearance in the Bible, it's TERRIFYING. Seven eyes, seven horns, etc. And medieval art LOVED this. (BL, MS Add. 35166, fol. 6r) #MedievalTwitter
I love this depiction of the Lamb, because *everyone* is very alarmed by it.

(BL, MS Royal 15 D II, f. 124)
So cuddly!

(Trinity College Dublin, MS 64, f. 6v)
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Le prochain #AssassinsCreedValhalla aura lieu durant « l’âge viking ». Pour l’occasion, on a demandé à Lucie Malbos, historienne spécialiste de la période scandinave (@UnivPoitiers Poitiers) de décrypter le trailer. Un thread ⬇️ ! #histoire #medievaltwitter #AssassinsCreed
L. Malbos rappelle d’abord combien les « Vikings » (les historiens parlent plutôt des Scandinaves ou des Normands) sont à la mode depuis quelques années : séries (Vikings, The Last Kingdom), mais aussi jeux de société par exemple
La bande-annonce s’ouvre sur un parfait condensé des deux éléments-clés de l’environnement scandinave : des montagnes enneigées et des fjords glacés. La combinaison véhicule l’idée d’un environnement rigoureux forgeant un peuple « heartless »
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In the Early Middle Ages only the clergy could read and write, right? And if there were some lay people that could they were only men, right? It's impossible that there might be some document showing that women and lay people read and borrowed books, right? 🧵1/ #medievaltwitter
It's the end of the 9th century and the monks at Wissembourg abbey (today in Alsace, France) start to keep track who borrowed books from them. They do it on the last folios of a beautiful copy of Hilary of Poitiers' commentary on Matthew's Gospel, now HAB Cod. Guelf. 35 Weiss. 2/
I'm just going to pause here for a second, because we all need to appreciate the typographic perfection of this title page of Cod. Guelf. 35 Weiss. #medieval #manuscripts 3/
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#MedievalTwitter #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race This is a long thread that addresses Safety & Secret FB Groups: There are two separate things happening that Abby Ang has conflated as one thing. The secret FB group is separate from the scholarly activist org. Medievalists of Color.
2/ This is made clear in the Constitution. The secret FB group is there for different BIPOC scholars in medieval studies as a safe space to share safety information, safety resources, address potential violence or other harms targeting various group members;
3/it includes sensitive personal information in the group. In fact, the group often has multiple messages about potential fascist security issues at medieval studies conferences to warn other potential vulnerable group members.Moderators sponsor members; It is not open to anyone.
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Medieval marginalia of knights fighting snails have had a weird heyday on the internet, but did you know that the motif was mostly a brief 20-year fad from 1290 to 1310? They were a kind of medieval meme!

(BL, MS Additional 49622, f. 193v) #MedievalTwitter
Scholars have debated what they represent for 100+ years. In 1962, Lillian Randall wrote an article on 70 examples of the image & showed that they almost all came from the same 20-year period in France & England.

(Bod Lib, MS Lyell empt. 4 f. 008r; BL, MS Royal 10 E IV, f. 107)
The theme seems to have originated in northern French manuscripts, then spread to English and Flemish manuscripts. Snail combat was everywhere (in manuscript margins) at the start of the 14th-century. Then it just died out.

(Paris, Bibl. Sainte-Geneviève, MS 0143, f. 179v)
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So I promised you a big week at Historians At The Movies, and here we go. THREAD.

Join us this Wednesday, March 25 at 8:30pm Eastern on @NetflixFilm @netflix as we partner with @SciHistoryOrg to live tweet the entire series of SELF MADE over the next four weeks. #HATM 1/
Then on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm Eastern on @netflix guest cohosts @KevinMKruse and @julianzelizer are questioning if history really does repeat itself when we live tweet GROUNDHOG DAY. #HATM 2/
Finally, y’all want some #medievaltwitter? #HATM has you covered. @prof_gabriele will be with us on Sunday, March 29 at 8:30pm Eastern on @netflix to talk ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.
It’s an epic week so keep our community growing by retweeting and we’ll see you soon!
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1/ I'll try to regularly post new cartoons in the coming weeks and to re-upload my old ones. Mainly because I hope that they provide at least a short distraction/amusement. They're dedicated to all the people affected by the current crisis and those working on its front-lines.
2/ The first ones will take up the current recommendations on everyday behaviour, but in the style of my previous 'early medieval' cartoons. Not because I think that the matter is not serious, but rather bc. I consider a light-hearted approach essential from time to time...
3/ ... in the hope that we can all enjoy a pint again together soon than later!
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