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Carnivalesque XL

Being the fortieth such since first these were instituted in 2004 and not to be taken as an indicator of an eXtra-Large sizing (unless that be the copious amount of links and references provided by the many good readers and participants) and paying particular attention to material touching on the early modern period.

Textualities: As if you need any justification, here are Ten Reasons to Read Dante. Tired of the modernist bent in all those Great Books lists? Make suggestions towards a listing of a thousand great works of medieval and early modern writing. Lunenberg celebrates the return of a 300-year old Vinegar Bible and Metafilter entertains talk of the Prague Bible.

Terminologies: C.S.L. Davies takes many of us to task for participating in The Tudor delusion (note, happily, this does not require any familiarity with the television series of same name). See Early Modern Notes for some discussion of Davies article.

Researching: Over at The Long Eighteenth, David Mazella discusses his work with manuscripts at the Guildhall while Digital History Hacks has six parts in the serialized story of a Naive Bayesian in the Old Bailey (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6). (See the roundup of Old Bailey blogging at Early Modern Notes. Medieval Material Culture Blog alerts us to the restoration of a 17th century painting in Minneapolis. Walking the Berkshires takes readers along on the whys and hows of researching the 18th century British military leader, General Thomas Stirling.

Portraits: Many bloggers are discussing a recently unearthed family portrait of Henry VIII and his children found in the Duke of Buccleuchs collection. An 18th century sketchbook in Madrid contains rare portrait of a Musqueam chief.

Artifacts: Philobiblon delights us with Renaissance tidbits from the VA. Earthly Paradise highlights Historic Pottery at the Cluny Museum. There are too many new and newsworthy exhibits to highlight, but Medieval Material Culture Blog points out several, including and the Folgers exhibit on Arms and Armor in Shakespeare. (I also credit MMCB with interesting highlights on the planned restoration of Shakespeares tomb.)

Archaeology: Many sites are agog over the recent discovery of the shipwrecked HMS Ontario (sometimes described as the Holy Grail of Great Lakes shipwrecks). Near Alderney, the remnants of an Armada ship are being explored, also earning some coverage. (Regarding marine archaeology, study of the Vasa has helped to explain the accumulation of sulfur in marine wrecks.) also alerts us to recent uncovering of parts of Casas Nuevas, Montezumas Palace. In Newfoundland, theyve uncovered a 17th century Scottish gold coin.

Places: Admirable India provides illustrated accounts of a trip to historic Orissa and Chikmagalur (Day 1) (Day 2). Does the Hotel Beauvais in Paris host the image of the woman who (presumably enjoyed) Louis XIVs virginity?

Endings: Early Modern Whale tackles Thomas Appletrees shooting of Elizabeth Is watermen in 1579 as well as A true relation of one Susan Higgess 1640 account of cross-dressing, murder and execution. Speaking of executions plans are afoot to rehabilitate Anna Goeldi, the last woman executed in Europe for witchcraft.Executed Today tackles the 1622 end of Antonio di Nicolo Foscarini.

Events: Alex at Military History and Warfare discusses Wolfes Capture of Quebec in 1759. Also regarding Quebec, I go back to 1608 for a discussion of the quadricentennial of Champlains foundation (amidst a broader discussion of memorializing discoveries and foundations).

Wonders: Mercurius Politicus debunks the modern enthusiasm for seeing crop circles in the class-conflicted 17th century pamphlet, The Mowing Devil. Steve Mulhbergers Early History brings up the possibility of Fourteenth Century Robots (further discussion of this marvel that was part of Richard IIs coronation is in this second post).

Culture: Investigations of a Dog shares his recent presentation on Humans and Non-Humans in Early Modern Society. One of the great works in English witchcraft history, Mary Moores 1650 pamphlet Wonderful News from the North gets an in-depth examination at Early Modern Whale. Everything you need to know about life on an early modern campus comes courtesy of Mercurius Politicus.

Recreation: 18th Century Cuisine gives us sweet reading with Mad for Macarons and June for the Confectioner. From the same era, we see forthcoming 18th century weeks at Gammel Estrup and Skansen.

Losses: The Passing of Hans Turley.

Amusements: LOL Manuscripts riproaringly revisits many early modern images, including some from The Expert Midwife, 1637, a 1630 broadsheet of the Arms of Tobacconists and my personal favourite, An Exact Description of Prince Ruperts Malignant She-Monkey from 1643. Edward Vallance discusses Prince Charles discharging Charles IIs outstanding debt to the clothiers of Worcester, delinquent since 1651.

Please to see also more than half a dozen relevant posts highlighted at todays 15th Military History Carnival at Cardinal Wolseys Today in History. Also, its worthwhile checking out the new portal for Oxfords Centre for Early Modern Studies. Did I miss anything that should be included? Let me know in the comments! And remember to submit posts for the next edition of Carnivalesque (ancient/medieval)!

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June 15th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

11 Responses to Carnivalesque XL

  1. Carnivalesque » Carnivalesque XL Says:

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  2. Thoroughly Educated Says:

    Oh, what riches! Thank you for this. And how cool is it that that portrait was found in the possession of the Buccleuchs??

  3. jliedl Says:

    TE, I know. You really get the feeling, from the articles that are linked, that there are still many treasures to be discovered in the ducal holdings!

  4. Carnivalesque « Mercurius Politicus Says:

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  5. Early Modern Notes » Recently noted around the web Says:

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  6. Dante Explorer Says:

    Thank you for posting my article. This is a wonderful site, I will be returning for more visits.

  7. David Mazella Says:

    A very nice set of links here. Thanks for including us.

    Best wishes,

    Dave Mazella

  8. Executed Today Says:

    As usual, carnivalesque and its host vie for awesomeness.

  9. Tim Abbott Says:

    Many thanks for your kindness in selecting these posts of mine to include in such great company.

  10. » Portrait of Henry VIII, his children, and his jester Medieval Material Culture Blog: Whats new in whats old. Says:

    [] VIII, his children, and his jester Posted in June 17th, 2008 by admin in Articles Pointed out from Carnivalesque XL, a BBC News article on a painting thought to be a 17th century copy of a previously unknown []

  11. Investigations of a Dog » Some Things Says:

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