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Carnivalesque

by Gillian Polack

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Welcome to the June Carnivalesque. Ive been waiting anxiously for the thousands of fascinating posts about Medieval and Ancient history to wend my way, but they didnt come. Rather than leaving you with slim pickings (I shant make music-related puns today, Canberra is in the grip of cold, cold winter and any puns at all are beyond me) Ive explored a few of my favourite blogs. This months theme is therefore obviously exploration. Very much the stuff of the round earths imagined corners. Im going to label those imagined corners macrobiusly (according to climates, just to warm myself up a bit – I can dream of torrid zones, even if my heater is working hard to stop my computer developing icy innards), and this shall serve.

Freezing Zone (far, far, far north)

Its impossible for me to have no food blog posts referred to in this Carnivalesque. It would be all wrong for a food history blog. It would also be all wrong for me to refer to something I wrote. So here is something someone else wrote. Right now, the thing on that list that I crave most is hypocras. Must be the cold. I did say I live near the Snowy Mountains, in Australia and it is winter? Very much winter.

Temperate zone (less north, and probably where most of you live)

Its not quite the weather for making hay, but its the weather for blogging about it, with pictures from manuscripts, to boot.

Its also the perfect time to blog 1381 and to make jokes about revolting peasants.

Torrid and wondrously warm equatorial zone

Modern Medieval maps of Charlemagne (and makes me wish I had the skills to do this section of the blog on an actual equatorial map, with links rather than descriptions).

Steve Muhlberger on Joan of Arc.

Plus some marginalia to help cure heatsickness. Its almost impossible to have too much marginalia.

Temperate zone (south – currently freezing – the posts in this section dont come from the south, but I do find them cheering, somehow)

Something warming: Zenobia on Zenobia. Theres also a follow-up post that includes a ring. The Ring of the Zenobias. Someone ought to write an opera about it.

Jason gave me two posts suggesting that maybe one of them didnt entirely suck. Its very mean and nasty of me to report his comment, so Im including both his posts here. Besides, you need to make up your own mind on the level of suckitude (I need an Old French word meaning suckitude. It would transform my life.)

Freezing Zone (south of here – you really dont want to go there right now)

This is intensely depressing. Though there is some cheering news on Medieval News if you explore a bit.

Chaucer is in trouble with his wife after his trip to Vegas. Ice represents the family climate rather nicely.

PS All similarity between my descriptions and any extant map (whether linked to Macrobius or not) is probably in error.

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4 Responses to Carnivalesque

  1. Carnivalesque » Carnivalesque 51 Says:

    [...] 51 (ancient/medieval) is up at Food History. ~~~~~~~~~~ [...]

  2. Jason Says:

    Your carnival didnt suck.

    Thanks for the links.

  3. Bavardess Says:

    I love your blog (though now I am very hungry) Thanks for hosting and for the link. Ive cross-posted at http://bavardess.blogspot.com/2009/06/veritable-medieval-feast.html

  4. Carnivals « Archaeoastronomy Says:

    [...] History has Carnivalesque for June. Its an Ancient/Medieval edition this month. It seems more medieval than usual this month, [...]

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