Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

I'm on record as saying that if I were to be a knight in service, to bend the knee to anyone in history, it would be to Eleanor of Aquitaine, "by the wrath of God, Quene of England."  As a Medieval queen, and especially as one of significant personal power, she's known to have done … Continue reading Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

Henry V

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. … Continue reading Henry V

Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl

The time period in question -- 1071-1321, as the book's title states -- was a time of great upheaval.  Kings and nobles vied for power and status.  England and France were at war more often than not.  The Crusades were a part of the culture, which included the Albigensian Crusade wherein the Catholic Church sent … Continue reading Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl

Thank You

Before the day completely got away from me, I wanted to give a big thank you to both Abby Green and to Meredith Ruduski of the Texas Early Music Project.  Both of them emailed me today to let me know the orders I'd placed have shipped, which means I should have musical awesomeness arriving soon.  As I'm … Continue reading Thank You