Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys Into the Medieval World by Christopher de Hamel

Do you love books?  Do you love old books?  You only think you do.  Let me tell you about Christopher de Hamel.  He's a paleographer, which means he's been privileged to gain access to some of the oldest and rarest books in existence.  And he wants to share that experience with you.  As he tells it, … Continue reading Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys Into the Medieval World by Christopher de Hamel

VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

Time to review another album in my collection for my Just Listen project, and it turns out that I can double-book this one under Early Music Explorations as well.  I hadn't really intended to review another early music album quite so fast, but I pick these out at random to prevent being overwhelmed by possibility.  … Continue reading VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

Having finally busted through The Silmarillion and having finally finished my exploration of Richard III, I find myself in the position of being compelled once more to tackle another of the "difficult" books of great literature.  I do this from time to time, a carry over from my laughable experiences of high school and college.  … Continue reading The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville by Samantha Wilcoxson

A small handful of months ago, author Samantha Wilcoxson gave us a novella of the formidable Margaret Beaufort as part of her Plantagenet Embers series.  This next novella features her equal and opposite number in the House of York, Elizabeth Woodville: The White Queen, as she's sometimes known.  As Woodville is the mother of Elizabeth … Continue reading Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville by Samantha Wilcoxson

Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours

This is one of those times where a blog post hits under two different project banners for this site: Early Music Explorations and Just Listen: A Musical Spotlight.  Sometimes it just works out that way.  At any rate, I picked another album at random to blog about.  Read on if you're interested. When it comes … Continue reading Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours