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books2-msg - 12/7/93

More miscellaneous book reviews.

NOTE: See also the files: books-msg, bibliog-msg, cookbooks-bib, Germany-bib,
p-falconry-bib, Islamic-bib, Norse-crafts-bib, Arthur-bib.


This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that
I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some
messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.

This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium.
These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org

I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with
seperate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes
extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were
removed to save space and remove clutter.

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Thank you,
Mark S. Harris AKA: THL Stefan li Rous
mark.s.harris@motorola.com stefan@florilegium.org

From: Beth.Appleton@f4229.n124.z1.fidonet.org (Beth Appleton)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Calligraphy Book
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1993 22:20:14

(this post is also on Fido_Medieval.... )
Here's a good book for those of you who are
interested in calligraphy:
_Medieval_Calligraphy_, by Marc Drogan
It's available from Barnes & Noble, catalog no. 1782143
for $10.95 + $2.50 shipping & handling.
Barnes & Noble
126 Fifth Ave
NY, NY 10011
I also noticed in the blurb that it's now printed by
Dover, so those of you with the Dover address can order
it directly, or get it from a willing bookstore.
* W * A * R * N * I * N * G *
Being on B&N's mailing list can be fatal to the delicate
budget. Members of Book Buyers Anonymous should NOT get
on their mailing list. I ran a quick total of books I'd
like to have, and quit when I got to $200.
They're like Publisher's Clearing House, only with a
far better/more extensive medieval history section. I
don't have the address handy, but Edward Hamilton is very
similar. When I got both catalogs (EH drops you quicker
& doesn't take plastic), I always checked availability and
pricing. There might be a $2-3 difference, which wasn't
always going the same way (sometimes EH was cheaper, sometimes
B&N). Oh, and EH tends to have some even harder to find and
more expensive books. The highest priced book in my $200
total above was $14.98, and they very rarely have a book
priced over $30. EH, OTOH, has some books priced $50-100,
which you *won't* find in B&N. I bought my copy of
_Hortus_Deliciarum_ from them quite a while back ($60).
Gwenllian Cwmystwyth

From: branwen@tony.ccc.amdahl.com (Karen Williams)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: The Celtic Church
Date: 12 Mar 93 21:13:11 GMT
Organization: Amdahl Corporation, Sunnyvale CA

A while back I mentioned that I was interested in how the Celtic Church
was different from the Roman Catholic Church. Since then, I happened on
a book in a Barnes and Noble catalog that is a general introduction to
just that topic. I've just started it, and so far it is very good. The
book is: CELTIC INHERITANCE, by Peter Beresford Ellis, Dorset Press, New
York, 1992, ISBN 0-88029-853-7.

Branwen ferch Emrys
The Mists, the West

Karen Williams

From: rschirme@digi.lonestar.org (Joe Schirmer)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Period porn -- I MODI
Date: 12 Mar 93 16:20:38 GMT
Organization: DSC Communications Corp, Plano, TX

In article <ga_tewes-120393101225@librarymacl6h91.cc.utas.edu.au>
ga_tewes@postoffice.utas.edu.au (Alex Tewes) writes:
>In article <C3q7uH.9MF@news.ysu.edu>, ae766@yfn.ysu.edu (David Sanders)
>> Unto the perverted gentles here assembled,
>> Vajk sends greetings!
>> Several persons have commented on the overall quality of
>> CA #13, and have commented on the fact that much of the
>> material is OOP.
>> For those looking for period porn, the search may be
>> frustrating, but the stuff IS available.
>The Oxford Book of Erotic Verse would be a good source for the more
>literary amongst us ( ie no pictures ;) )
>Martin de Mont Blanc
>Shire of Ynys Fawr/Lochac/West

Another good source that I recently picked up from the books store is
"I MODI - The Sixteen Pleasures" by Lynne Lawner (Northwestern
University Press). The sixteen pleasures are a series of sixteen
prints from the sixteenth century Italy deplicting positions of
intercourse, accompanied by a set of sixteen sonnents. I haven't had
a chance to read very much of it yet, but it appears to be a very good
work with historical background and translators notes.
Joe Schirmer rschirme@digi.lonestar.org OR digi!rschirme@uunet.uu.net
DSC Communications Corporation Addr: MS 121, 1000 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75075

From: winifred@trillium.soe.umich.EDU (Lee Katman)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: woad from seed to dye
Date: 14 Mar 1993 23:02:17 -0500
Organization: The Internet

There is a book by Jamieson Hurry called Woad Plant and its Dye.
I have not read it, but it was recommended to me. Here's a quote
of a review:

"scholarly and fascinating study of the woad plant. chapters include
cultivation, manufacture of woad, the woad mill, the woad vat,
extraction of Indican from woad and more. 238 pages, illustrations."

2 years ago, it was $42.50 (US) from Creek Water Wool Works
PO Box 716, Salem Oregon, 97308, (503) 585-3302. No doubt you
can get it from a bookshop that special orders.

These folks also have a nice selection of other books on dyeing and
spinning and weaving. Their catalogue is $4.00.


Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Nursery Rhymes and Outdoor Games
Date: 16 Mar 93 14:41:44 GMT
Organization: The Internet

Tio dell'abaco asked about a book on the original meaning of nursery
rhymes. One I have used is:

Thomas, Katherine Elwes. _The Real Personages of Mother Goose. Boston:
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1930.

Hope this helps. Luigsech ni hIfearnain, Calanais Nuadh, Calontir

Organization: University of Central Florida - Computer Services
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1993 08:24:05 EST
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: When is a queen really a Queen?

In article <733280727snx@sloth.equinox.gen.nz>, bloodthorn@sloth.equinox.gen.nz
(Jennifer Geard) says:
>Moreach has responded to my questions about the consort's secondary role by
> > Part of this is that it's one place where our modern SCA mirrors the
> > custom of the past fairly well.
>Where and when? (Genuine question.) From what I've seen, historic queens
>consort did not sign or co-sign changes to law or the like unless they were
>acting as regent during their husband's absence or their son's minority. I
>know little about the ritual and ceremonial role of the queen consort:
>anyone out there know?
I generally reply by e-mail, but I thought this might be interesting to
enough people to warrant (HA!) the cluttering the Rialto.

For some really good information about the role of the queen in early
medieval Europe I recommend: 'Queens, concubines, and dowagers: the king's
wife in the early Middle Ages' by Pauline Stafford.

Stafford, Pauline.
Queens, concubines, and dowagers: the king's wife in the early Middle Ages
Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, c1983
248 pages
Includes index. Bibliography: pp211-226
ISBN: 0820306398
Library of Congress #: HQ1147.E85 S73

I liked this one well enough to re-read it. And I think I'll go get it again
today, it's been at least a year since I looked at it.

Cynthia Eldredge Orlando, FL
Lady Catherine Elizabeth Somerton Barony of Darkwater, Trimaris

From: dolge@lib.wfunet.wfu.EDU (brian dolge)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: SCA Digest V6 #234
Date: 2 Apr 1993 10:57:18 -0500
Organization: The Internet

Unto the folk of the Rialto doth Aaron Exile send wishes for all health and

Geoffrey Scrymger asked about masks, masques, and the construction of
both. Being amoung the theatrically impaired I can only help with the first, and
that by way of reference. Try *The Propbuilders Mask Making Handbook* by James
Thurston (Betterway Pub., 1990, ISBN 1-55870-167). It includes some general
mask making guidelines, information on a working with a variety of period and
modern materials (including paper mache, clay, metal, plaster and something
called "friendly plastic" the details of which I did not inquire about).
Of particular interest is a section on the comedia, it's charecters and
conventions, including illustrations of actual period masks. The author also
attended a workshop at an Italian mask makers shop and gives an excellent
discription of the methods used there to make leather masks. The book is well
written and heavily illustrated. I regret that I did not post this sooner but
Mundane duties, as ever...

Aaron Exile Brian Dolge
Shire of Hindscroft Winston-Salem N.C.
Atlantia dolge@lib.wfunet.wfu.edu

From: branwen@cerebus.ccc.amdahl.com (Karen Williams)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: Welsh recipes
Date: 2 Apr 93 21:35:17 GMT
Organization: Amdahl Corporation, Sunnyvale CA

In article <1993Apr2.181924.9716@mintaka.lcs.mit.edu> greg@silver.lcs.mit.edu
(Hossein Ali Qomi (mka Gregory F. Rose)) writes:

>>his home. One time he held a Welsh bardic feast, where all the food was
>>made using Welsh recipes, and each guest was asked to bring a poem, song,
>>or story to share.

>Where, oh where did he get the Welsh recipes? Please?????

You'd have to ask him (John? oh, John?), but what I do when I want
Welsh recipes is use the Welsh mini-cookbook he brought me from Wales
(it's called something like "Recipes from the Bards," and is made up
of recipes of foods mentioned by Medieval Welsh bards), or, if none
of those are feasible for the moment, I use "The Little Book of Welsh
Recipes" (or whatever it's called; there's a whole series of "The Little
Book of ____ Recipes" out now) which has "traditional" Welsh recipes in

Branwen ferch Emrys
The Mists, the West

Karen Williams

From: ferzocog@ere.umontreal.CA (Ferzoco George)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: A must-read on medieval cuisine
Date: 9 Apr 1993 20:02:04 -0400
Organization: The Internet

Hi guys and gals,

Just to say "no hard feelings", I'd like to point out a book I haven't
seen mentioned in sca; forgive me if I'm repeating this info.

For all of you interested in the state of the art of research on medieval
cookery, get the book

Carole Lambert, ed., "Du manuscrit a la table. Essais sur la
cuisine au moyen age et repertoire des manuscrits medievaux
contenant des recettes culinaires." Montreal and Paris: Presses
de l'Universite de Montreal and Champion-Slatkine, 1992.

It contains 25 articles in English and French (with abstracts for each in
English and French), an incredibly useful (to scholars) list of manuscripts
containing culinary recipes, a complete bibliography, and indices of:
titles and authors of cookery books
Incipits of culinary texts
titles of isolated recipes
language of the texts
place of production of the manuscripts

Hope this is useful. If you want more info, please don't post to sca,
but write to me directly.

Ciao, George Ferzoco ferzocog@ere.umontreal.ca

From: David Schroeder <ds4p+@andrew.cmu.edu>
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Sweet Thoughts, etc.
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1993 15:04:25 -0400
Organization: Doctoral student, Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon,
Pittsburgh, PA

Greetings good gentles --

I have recently been reading an entertaining volume, "Seeds of Change," by
Henry Hobhouse (a journalist, not a professional scholar). The book looks
at the historical import of five key plants or plant products: quinine,
sugar, tea, cotton, and potatoes. [c.1985 ISBN: 0-06-091440-8 (ppbk)].

Some of the more interesting tidbits are worth sharing. For example, here's
a chart of the relative cost of 10 pounds of sugar expressed as a percentage
of 1 ounce of gold (taken as an average of London, Paris, and Amsterdam)...

Period Sugar % Honey %
1350-1400 35.0 3.30
1400-1450 24.5 2.05
1450-1500 19.0 1.50
1500-1550 8.7 1.20

Note that Hobhouse doesn't cite his sources for this table and doesn't
mention that the "value" of an ounce of gold may have changed in the
last period due to the huge captured troves of the Aztecs and Incas,
but it's still an interesting chart, if only to see the relative expense
of sugar and honey. Clearly, using refined sugar in a dish would have
been an expensive proposition during almost all of the Society's scope.

Hobhouse also says:

"The sugar industry survived the gradual expulsion of the Moors from
the Mediterranean littoral, and was carried on by both Moslems and
Christians as a profitable, expanding concern for two hundred years
from about 1300. [Production was centered in Syria, Palestine, the
Dodecanese, Egypt, Cyprus, Crete, Sicily, North Africa, and Southern
Spain. *B*] The trade (as opposed to production) was under the domi-
nance of the merchant bankers of Italy, with Venice ultimately con-
trolling distribution throughout the then known world. The first sugar
reached England in 1319, Denmark in 1374, and Sweden in 1390. It was
an expensive novelty and useful in medicine, being unsurpassed for
making palatable the odious mixtures of therapeutic herbs, entrails,
and other substances of the medieval pharmacopoeia."

Apparently, sugar cultivation in the Caribbean basin was substantial in
the second half of the 16th century leading to cheaper sugar prices and
a shift in leadership in the trade from Venice to Amsterdam.

On the matter of tea Hobhouse reports that in 1700 England was importing
50 short tons of tea with a wholesale value of 4,000 pounds sterling or
about two pounds of money for one pound of tea. Again, not a cheap item!
He further states (in what is probably a typographical error) that:

"Tea, coffee, and cocoa all arrive in London in the same year, 1652.
[Could it be 1562 or 1552?] The word "tea" occurs in Shakespeare
and "cha," the Canton-Macao form, crops up in Lisbon from about 1550."

It's hard to understand the Bard's use of a term for something introduced
to England years after his death...

I'd best sign off now and return to my reading... I found the book
remaindered for $1.98 at my local Borders Bookstore, so you may have
good luck finding a copy of your own.

My best -- Bertram

Bertram of Bearington Dave Schroeder
Debatable Lands/AEthelmearc/East Carnegie Mellon University
INTERNET: ds4p@andrew.cmu.edu 412/731-3230 (Home)
+------------------------ PREME * Press On * PREME ---------------------+

From: TALLAN@flis.utoronto.CA (David Tallan)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: re:forwarded recipe
Date: 19 Apr 1993 13:46:43 -0400
Organization: The Internet

> Greetings from one who is new to the net and the SCA, but not to medieval
> cooking:
> I have a very good book of recipes called "Fabulous Feasts" by Madeleine
> Pelner Cosman which covers what was eaten, how it was presented and what
> what was available. Definitely two thumbs up! This book has a whole
> section on Appetizers.

As someone who has been collecting medieval cookbooks for quite a
while I would advise anyone new to medieval cookery to treat
_Fabulous Feasts_ with a great deal of caution. While it does indeed
contain many recipes which purport to be medieval, there is no
indication of what the basis is on which they make that claim. In
other words, unlike many medieval cookbooks on the market today, the
original recipes are not given with the author's adaptations, nor is
there ANY indication of what the source is. As a number of the
recipes include Out Of Period ingredients, I think it is fair to say
that, while any particular recipe in the book MIGHT be period, it
might just as well not. And one has know way of telling which is


David Tallan (tallan@flis.utoronto.ca)
snail: 42 Camberwell Rd. Toronto ON M6C 3E8
#8-{D} [self portrait if you look at it sideways]

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: greg@bronze.lcs.mit.edu (Greg Rose)
Subject: Re: Urban population sources
Organization: MIT LCS guest machine
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1993 06:56:43 GMT

For studies of medieval demographics, you might begin with the
biblliographies in:

_The Cambridge Economic History of Europe_ (vols. 2-3)
H. Hallam, "Population Density in the Medieval Fenlands," _Economic
History Review_, xiv (1961-62)
R. Harvey, "The population trend in England, 1300-1358," _Transactions
of the Royal Historical Society_, 5th series, 16 (1966)
K. Helleiner, "The population of Europe from the Black Death to the
eve of the Vital Revolution," in E.E. Rich and C.H. Wilson, eds.,
_The Cambridge Economic History of Europe_, vol iv.
J. C. Russell, _British Medieval Population_ (Albuquerque, 1948)
J. Tait, _The Medieval English Borough_ (Manchester, 1936)

These are just off the top of my head. When I get back from Gulf
War II, I'll do a little digging for a more extensive bibliography.


Newsgroups: alt.sex.bondage,rec.org.sca
From: amartell@nyx.cs.du.edu (Alex Martelli)
Subject: Re: Reay Tannahill -- "religious-erotic flagellants of medieval Spain"
Organization: University of Denver, Dept. of Math & Comp. Sci.
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 93 11:11:41 GMT

de452@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (David E. Sanders) writes:
>So the questions are: Does anyone know anything more about those
>"religious-erotic flagellants of medieval Spain" ? Is Reay Tannahill

"An illustrated History of the Rod", William M. Cooper, B.A.; Wordsworth
Editions (8b East Street, Ware Hertfordshire), 1988, ISBN 1-85326-918-2,
(UK pounds) 25, 544pp, index, 20 b/w plates of drawings (nice ones). A
faithful reproduction of a book dating from around the year 1900.

It's the most appreciated of the many gifts I have received from Onyx
and Augustus... a real beauty.

Chapters V to XV are devoted to various sorts of religious-oriented
flagellation; a bit more than 100 pages overall; plus several snippets
in other, geographically oriented chapters on Scotland, Russia, and
so on. I suspect the reason Tannahill singles Spain out is that there
self-flagellation was also regarded as a form of courtship, in a
curious variation on the custom of serenading, in which a courting
wooer would go lash himself on the bare back under a Lady's window
and in her honour - according to Cooper's book, at least.

Alex Martelli - Bologna, Italia - also alex@am.sublink.org (less reliable)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: jaymin@maths.tcd.ie (Jo Jaquinta)
Subject: Re: Irish Persona Help Needed!
Organization: Dept. of Maths, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1993 09:53:14 GMT
Summary: Read the annals
Keywords: surnames, garb

> What I'm having no luck with is costuming and "last names" (chiefly the
> practices for such names in 11th - 13th c. Eire)... Could someone
> recommend a book or two that talks about naming practices (especially
> *last* names; the Fidelma Maguire and Donnchadh O/ Corra/in book is no
> help in that regard)...
I have always found indispensible tools for creating Irish
personas are the various "Annals of Ireland". I have the Annals of
Innisfallen and the Annals of Connacht. Don't be mislead by the
names, they have very little to do with the area they are named after.
These are basically journals where the monks of the abbey would
write down a few paragraphs each year of what they though was important.
Innishfallen covers from about 430 to 1270 and Connacht covers 1200 to
1400 (or thereabouts).
These are *brilliant* source material. They are full of names
of all sorts of people with a massive name index in the back. Instant
irrefutable documentation. You can sit down a read through what happened
in your persona's life time from a contemporary point of view.
Needless to say they are woefully inaccurate about certain
things but then your persona would be equally ignorant. One entry catalogs
a 40' tall woman washing up on the shores of Scotland, another chronicles
the King of Alba gifting Brian Boru with a camel. Good stuff.

Arval writes:
>I suspect that the Irish in that period did not have "surnames" as such.
In the Annals people are usually "Blah, son of blah". Clan
affiliations you seem to be expected to know by context or by working out
the geneologies to the many "Blah, king of blah".

>For a woman, the standard patronymic form is
>"ni <father's name in the genitive form>".
Actually I've poured through the annals and never found anything
like this. There aren't too many women's names but every one I have
found so far has been "Blah daugheter of blah" in the Irish as
"blah ingen blah". What documents does "ni" or "nic" appear in?

Original poster:
> What I'm having no luck with is costuming and "last names"
Costuming is always a problem. There are very few books on this.
What period did you have in mind? There is a book on Anglo-Norman
sculpture... Other than that there are two theories:
1) Take English fashion of fifty to a hundred earlier that
your Irish persona.
2) Use English Fashion if you are from Leinster, Scotish
fashion if you are from Ulster, French fasion if you are from Munster,
and Spanish fashion if you are from Connacht.

In any event, don't forget there is a SCA Shire in Ireland.
We're always pleased to lend whatever hand we can to people with
Irish personas...

Yours in service,
Seamus Donn

% Seamus Donn Eva de Barri Sorcha Ui' Flahairteaigh
%|% Jo Jaquinta Cathy Barry Lesley Grant
/\\ | //\ jaymin@maths.tcd.ie cbarry@maths.tcd.ie lgrant@maths.tcd.ie
===== 44 Bancroft Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland.
/|\ for the Shire of Lough Devnaree (Lough Damh na Ri')

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: mittle@watson.ibm.com (Arval d'Espas Nord)
Subject: Re: Book query
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1993 19:26:53 GMT
Organization: IBM T.J. Watson Research

Greetings from Arval! Thorfyrd wrote:

> Is anyone able to recommend, or otherwise, the following books:
> "Records of the Medieval Sword", ISBN 0-85115539-1
> "Tournaments", ISBN 0-85115490-0

ISBN are wonderfully accurate for identifying books if you happen to have a
computerized catalogue to cross-check. For mere mortals, the authors'
names would be helpful. If the latter book is by Richard Barber and Juliet
Barker, then I recommend it most highly: It is the single best
general-purpose survey of the history of the tournament that I have
encountered. It is quite readable, heavily illustrated, and has an
excellent bibliography.

Arval d'Espas Nord mittle@watson.ibm.com

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: leeu@celsiustech.se (Leif Euren)
Subject: Re: Book query
Organization: CelsiusTech AB
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1993 09:23:22 GMT

Thorfyrd Hakonson asks:
> Is anyone able to recommend ... "Records of the Medieval Sword",
> ISBN 0-85115539-1

In my oppinion, this is _the_ book on swords. The taxanomy and
classification system devied by mr Oakeshott is used by most European
museums nowadays. The book contains the details on the classifaction
system, and an essay by mr Tony Mansfield on how to construct a modren
replica of such a blade. But mainly it has descriptions of some 235
medieval swords, all with pictures and all available data.

My copy says:

Oakeshott, Ewart
Records of the medieval sword
ISBN 0 85115 539 1
The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1991.
First published 1991, reprinted 1991

and these adresses:

Boydell & Brewer Ltd
PO Box 9
Suffolk IP12 3DF

Boydell & Brewer Ltd
PO Box 41026
NY 14604

your humble servant
Peder Klingrode | Leif Euren Stockholm, Sweden
Holmrike, Nordmark, Drachenwald, East | leeu@celsiustech.se

From: TALLAN@flis.utoronto.CA (David Tallan)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: New Book on Medieval Cookery (was, I believe, Scully etc. *LONG*
Date: 25 Jun 1993 01:44:00 -0400
Organization: The Internet

Angharad/Terry asks for enough info about that book out of Montreal
that I mentioned to order it. The Following might be helpful.

Title: _Du Manuscrit a` la Table_
Editor: Carole Lambert
Publisher: Les Presses de l'Universite' de Montre'al
2910, boul. E'douard-Montpetit, Montre'al (Qc), Canada
H3T 1J7
tel. (514) 343-6929, facs. (514) 343-2232
Distributer (?): gae[umlaut]tan morin e'diteur
diffuseur exclusif des Presses de l'Universite' de
C.P. 180, Boucherville (QC), Canada, J4B 5E6
tel. (514) 449-7886, facs. (514) 343-2232
ISBN: 2-7606-1564-2

and to whet your appetite:


Forward (or preface) by Carole LAMBERT


Constance B. HIEATT "Listing and Analyzing the Medieval English
Culinary Recipe Collections: a Project and its Problems"

Johanna Maria van WINTER "Une livre de cuisine ne'erlandais du XVIe

Allen J. GRIECO "From the Cookbook to the Table: a Florentine Table
and Italian Recipes of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries"

Bi SKAARUP "Sources of Medieval Cuisine in Denmark"

Danie`le ALEXANDRE-BIDON "A` la table des miniaturistes: arche'o-
iconographie des gestes et des mets"

Philip et Mary HYMAN "Les livres de cuisine et le commerce des
recettes en France au XVe et XVIe sie`cles"

Melitta WEISS-AMER "The Role of Medieval Physicians in the Spread of
Culinary Recipes and Cooking Practices"

Mary Ella MILHAM "Platina and Papal Politics"

Bruno Laurioux, "Table et hie'rarchie sociale a` la fin du Moyen A^ge"

Odile REDON "La re'glementation des banquets par les lois somptuaires
dans les villes d'Italie (XIVe - XVe sie`cles)

Agathe LAFORTUNE-MARTEL "De l'entremets culinaire aux pie`ces
monte'es d'un menu de propogande"


Barbara SANTICH "les e'le'ments distinctifs de la cuisine me'die'vale

Rudolf GREWE "Hispano-Arabic Cuisine in the Twelfth Century

Jeanne ALLARD "Nola: rupture ou continuite'?"

Noe[umlaut]l COULET "La cuisine dans la maison aixoise du XVe sie`cle

Jean-Louis FLANDRIN "Structure des menus francais et anglais aux XIVe
et XVe sie`cles

Michel BALARD "E'pices et condiments dans quelques livres de cuisine
allemands (XVe-XVIe sie`cles)


Terence SCULLY "Les saisons alimentaires du _Me'nagier de Paris_"

Carole LAMBERT "Astuces et flexibilite' des recettes culinaires
me'die'vales francaises"

Laurier TURGEON et Denis DICKNER "Contraintes et choix alimentaires
d'un groupe d'appartenance: les marins-pe^cheurs francais a' Terre-
Neuve au XVIe sie`cle"


Liliane PLOUVIER "Le <<letuaire>>, un confiture du bas Moyen A^ge"

Lucie BOLENS "Les sorbets andalous (XIe-XIIIe sie`cles) ou conjurer
la nostalgie par la douceur"

Mary HYMAN "<<Les menues choses qui ne sont pas de ne'cessite'>>: les
confitures et la table"

Bruno ROY "Trois reagards sur les aphrodisiaques"






Now doesn't that make your mouth water! If no enterprising Pennsic
merchant offers one for sale, my parents have offered (without too
much arm twisting) to get me it for my birthday. Grad student budget
or not, I cant miss this one. I've just got to start those French
lessons now...

Hoping that helped,

David Tallan (tallan@flis.utoronto.ca)
or David_Tallan@magic-bbs.corp.apple.com
snail: 42 Camberwell Rd. Toronto ON M6C 3E8

Organization: Penn State University
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 16:55:02 EDT
From: Therion <HZS@psuvm.psu.edu>
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Return of the Son of NIB's

Here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for!

| okay, who's the wise guy in the back who muttered:
| "the day Therion loses his net access?"

The triumphant return of New and Interesting Books!
^ ^ ^
As those of you who haven't long ago killfile'd me might remember, I supplement
my income as thug for hire by working in the library at Penn State. Every time
I see a new book that I think that SCAdians might find interesting, I save the
reference in a file and post it to the Rialto when I remember to. Well, it's
been a while since I remembered. I'll split this into two postings just to
make life easier on the Rialto digestifier.

As before, this list is nowhere near complete nor comprehensive, they're just
books that caught my eye. I probably missed a lot of good ones, but what the
hell. Note for the humor impaired - you can imagine smileys at the end of all
of my annotatory comments if you want to. Or not. I don't care.


>>> isbn 0810933128
Bearman, Frederick A.
Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library. / by
Frederick A. Bearman, Nati H. Krivatsy, J. Franklin Mowery ; with an
introduction by Anthony Hobson ; photographs by Julie Ainsworth. Washington,
D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, H.N. Abrams, c1992.
271 p. ill. (some col.). 32 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
1. Folger Shakespeare Library -- Exhibitions. 2. Bookbinding -- Washington
(D.C.) -- Exhibitions. 3. Bookbinding -- Ornamental bindings -- Exhibitions.
4. Bookbinding -- History -- Exhibitions.


>>> isbn 0802076807
Forey, Alan, 1933-
The military orders from the twelfth to the early fourteenth centuries /
Alan Forey. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1992.
xiv, 278 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-263) and index.
1. Military religious orders - History.

[charge straight ahead? - T]


>>> isbn 0815308434
Modern Arthurian literature : an anthology of English and American Arthuriana
from the Renaissance to the present / edited by Alan Lupack. New York :
Garland, 1992.
494 p. ; 23 cm.
Series: Garland reference library of the humanities ; vol. 1420
Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-494).
1. Arthur, King Literary collections. 2. Arthurian romances Adaptations.
3. American literature. 4. English literature.


Chancer, Lynn S., 1954-.
Sadomasochism in everyday life, the dynamics of power and powerlessness. /
Lynn S. Chancer. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, c1992.
ix, 238 p. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶223·-230) and index.
1. Sadomasochism -- United States. 2. Power (Social sciences). 3.
Interpersonal relations.

[a how-to book for the SCASB folk? - T]


>>> isbn 0226290301
Gozzini Giacosa, Ilaria.
¶A cena da Lucullo. English.·
A taste of ancient Rome. / Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa ; translated by Anna
Herklotz ; with a foreword by Mary Taylor Simeti. Chicago, University of
Chicago Press, 1992.
xii, 231 p., ¶16· p. of plates. ill. (some col.), map. 25 cm.
Recipes in English and Latin.
Translation of: A cena da Lucullo.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-217) and index.
1. Cookery, Roman.

[sure to lay to rest the "is pizza period?" question once and for all - T]


>>> isbn 0812231236
Clark, Anne L.
Elisabeth of Schonau, a twelfth-century visionary. / Anne L. Clark.
Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, c1992.
x, 211 p. 24 cm.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶191·-204) and index.
1. Elisabeth, of Schonau, Saint, 1129-1164. 2. Visions -- History.


>>> isbn 0300049188
Radding, Charles.
Medieval architecture, medieval learning, builders and masters in the age
of Romanesque and Gothic. / Charles M. Radding and William W. Clark. New
Haven, Yale University Press, c1992.
xiii, 166 p. ill. 27 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-164) and index.
1. Architecture, Romanesque. 2. Architecture, Gothic. 3. Architecture --


>>> isbn 0801843030
Cohn, Samuel Kline.
The cult of remembrance and the Black Death, six Renaissance cities in
central Italy. / Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University
Press, c1992.
xiii, 429 p. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Life style -- Italy -- History. 2. Black death -- Social aspects --
Italy -- History. 3. Charitable bequests -- Italy -- History. 4. Art and
society -- Italy -- History. 5. Renaissance -- Italy. 6. Italy -- Social
conditions -- 1268-1559.


>>> isbn 0804720509
Goldberg, Jonathan.
Sodometries, Renaissance texts, modern sexualities. / Jonathan Goldberg.
Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press, c1992.
xvi, 295 p. ill. 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-288) and index.
1. English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
2. Homosexuality and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century. 3.
American literature -- Men authors -- History and criticism. 4. English
literature -- Men authors -- History and criticism. 5. Homosexuality and
literature -- United States. 6. Sodomy in literature. 7. Sex in literature.

[Sodomy in literature? makes you wonder what subject headings those wacky
folks at the Library of Congress will come up with next - T]


>>> isbn 0859913589
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, sources and analogues. / compiled by
Elisabeth Brewer. 2nd ed. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK; Rochester, NY, USA, D.S.
Brewer, 1992.
184 p. 25 cm.
Series: Arthurian studies, 27.
Rev. ed. of: From Cuchulainn to Gawain. 1973.
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Gawain and the Grene Knight -- Sources. 2. Gawaine (Legendary
character) -- Romances -- Sources. 3. Arthurian romances -- Sources. 4.
Literature, Medieval.


>>> isbn 9602131586
Sinai, treasures of the monastery of Saint Catherine. / general editor,
Konstantinos A. Manafis. Athens, Ekdotike Athenon, c1990.
399 p. col. ill. 32 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-396) and index.
1. Saint Catherine (Monastery : Mount Sinai) -- History. 2. Monasteries --
Egypt -- Mount Sinai. 3. Art, Byzantine -- Egypt -- Mount Sinai. 4. Art,
Early Christian -- Egypt -- Mount Sinai.


Bray, Dorothy Ann.
A list of motifs in the lives of the early Irish saints. / by Dorothy Ann
Bray. Helsinki, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1992.
138 p. 24 cm.
Series: FF communications, no. 252.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶24·-25).
1. Saints -- Ireland -- Legends. 2. Folk literature, Irish -- Themes,

[rocks. dirt. bugs. etc. - T]


>>> isbn 0631159673
Fraser, Angus M.
The gypsies. / Angus Fraser. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass. USA, Blackwell,
ix, 359 p. ill., maps. 24 cm.
Series: Peoples of Europe.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶319·-339) and index.
1. Gypsies.


>>> isbn 082041767X
Yarom, Nitza, 1943-
Body, blood, and sexuality : a psychoanalytic study of St. Francis'
stigmata and their historical context / Nitza Yarom. New York : P. Lang,
148 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
Series: Studies in history and culture ; vol. 4
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶135·-140) and index.
1. Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226 Psychology. 2. Stigmatization
Psychological aspects.

[yes, you too can be published! just write whatever drivel you like and
send it in to the address on the back of this package. Please close
cover before striking - T]


>>> isbn 0300053428
Duffy, Eamon.
The stripping of the altars, traditional religion in England,
c.1400-c.1580. / Eamon Duffy. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1992.
xii, 654 p. ill. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Reformation -- England. 2. England -- Religious life and customs. 3.
England -- Church history.


>>> isbn 0847816257
From Viking to crusader, the Scandinavians and Europe, 800-1200. / general
editors, Else Roesdahl and David M. Wilson ; ¶translation from Danish,
Norwegian, Swedish, and German by Helen Clarke, with additional translations
by Joan F. Davidson ... et al., Russian texts were translated from the
Swedish translation of Ingmar Jansson, translation from the French by Joan
F. Davidson, Gillian Fellows-Jensen·. New York, Rizzoli, 1992.
429 p. ill. (some col.), col. maps. 28 cm.
"Published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Nordic
Coucil of Ministers in collaboration with the Council of Europe. The 22nd
Council of Europe Exhibition ... Grand Palais, Paris, 2 April-12 July 1992
... Altes Museum, Berlin, 2 September-15 November 1992 ... Danmarks
nationalmuseum, Copenhagen, 26 December 1992-14 March 1993"--P. ¶7·.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 398-423) and index.
1. Vikings -- Europe -- History -- Exhibitions. 2. Vikings -- Material
culture -- Exhibitions. 3. Vikings -- Jewelry -- Exhibitions.

[some great pictures, if I remember correctly - T]


>>> isbn 0859913554
Kennedy, Beverly, 1934-.
Knighthood in the Morte Darthur. / Beverly Kennedy. 2nd ed. Woodbridge,
Suffolk, UK; Rochester, NY, USA, D.S. Brewer, 1992.
404 p. 24 cm.
Series: Arthurian studies, 11.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ¶384·-394) and index.
1. Malory,Thomas, Sir, 15th cent. / Morte d'Arthur. 2. Arthurian romances
-- History and criticism. 3. Knights and knighthood in literature.


Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908.
Little Mr. Thimblefinger and his queer country, what the children saw and
heard there. / by Joel Chandler Harris ... illustrated by Oliver Herford.
Boston; New York, Houghton, Mifflin and company, 1894.
viii, ¶5·-230 p. front., plates. 22 cm.
Sequel: Mr. Rabbit at home.

[oops, how'd that one get in here? never mind. - T]


>>> isbn 0029115736
The Jews of Spain, a history of the Sephardic experience. / Jane S.
Gerber. New York, Free Press, c1992.
xxv, 333 p. ill., maps. 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-308) and index.
1. Jews -- Spain -- History. 2. Sephardim -- History. 3. Spain -- Ethnic


>>> isbn 0198175108
Gardner, Julian.
The tomb and the tiara, curial tomb sculpture in Rome and Avignon in the
later Middle Ages. / Julian Gardner. Oxford, Clarendon Press; New York,
Oxford University Press, 1992.
xxiv, 183 p., ¶110· p. of plates. ill. 29 cm.
Series: Clarendon studies in the history of art.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Sepulchral monuments, Gothic -- Italy -- Rome. 2. Sepulchral monuments
-- Italy -- Rome. 3. Sepulchral monuments, Gothic -- France -- Avignon. 4.
Sepulchral monuments -- France -- Avignon. 5. Popes -- Tombs. 6. Cardinals --


internet: || Therion Calgate ||
hzs@psuvm.psu.edu || Mountain Confederation || but wait, there's more!
|| AEthlemearc ||
I said what? || Golden Mooselette ||

Organization: Penn State University
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 17:12:08 EDT
From: Therion <HZS@psuvm.psu.edu>
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Return of the Son of NIB's Part II - The Sequel

more New and Interesting Books. See Part I for even more excitement.


>>> isbn 0810964139
al-Andalus, the art of Islamic Spain. / edited by Jerrilynn D. Dodds. New York,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Distributed by H.N. Abrams, 1992.
xxx, 432 p. ill. (some col.), maps. 32 cm.
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Alhambra, Granada, March 18-June 7,
1992, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 1-September 27,
Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-412) and index.
1. Art, Islamic -- Spain -- Exhibitions. 2. Art, Medieval -- Spain --
Exhibitions. 3. Art -- Spain -- Exhibitions.

[now this one I remember! some really nifty artwork - T]


>>> isbn 0874776589
Kipnis, Aaron R.
Knights without armor, a practical guide for men in quest of masculine
soul. / Aaron R. Kipnis ; foreword by Robert A. Johnson. 1st ed. Los Angeles,
Tarcher; New York, Distributed by St. Martin's Press, c1991.
xv, 293 p. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-293).
1. Men -- Psychology. 2. Masculinity (Psychology).

[makes me glad I've got armor. I know where *my* masculine soul is.
wait a minute, I'm not a knight. Uh oh. Hang on, I'll go see if
I can get some references for my masculinity. Or were they talking about
Chivalry who fight in just helmets and loincloths? I'm confused. - T]


>>> isbn 3791311395
Krenn, Peter.
Imperial Austria, treasures of art, arms & armor from the state of Styria.
/ by Peter Krenn and Walter J. Karcheski, Jr.; coordinated by Katherine S.
Howe. Munich, Prestel, 1992.
ix, 133 p. ill. 30 cm.
Includes index.
1. Weapons -- Austria -- Styria -- Exhibitions. 2. Armor -- Austria --
Styria -- Exhibitions. 3. Art, Austrian -- Exhibitions. 4. Art, Modern --
17th-18th centuries -- Austria -- Styria -- Exhibitions. 5. Art -- 16th
century -- Austria -- Styria -- Exhibitions.

[the book of last winter's Smithsonian exhibition that I missed. A major
wish list - T]


>>> isbn 3433027056
Petruccioli, Attilio, 1945-.
Fatehpur Sikri. / text, Attilio Petruccioli ; photographs, Thomas Dix ;
:English translation, Cynthia Ipsen:. Berlin, Ernst & Sohn, c1992.
55 p. chiefly ill. (some col.). 31 cm.
Series: Opus (Ernst & Sohn), 5.
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Akbar, Empreror of Hindustan, 1542-1605 -- Contributions in
architecture. 2. Palaces -- India -- Fatehpur Sikri. 3. Architecture, Mogul
-- India -- Fatehpur Sikri. 4. Architecture, Islamic -- India -- Fatehpur
Sikri. 5. Fatehpur Sikri (India) -- Buildings, structures, etc. 6. Fatehpur
Sikri (India) -- Pictorial works.


>>> isbn 0851153305
The Age of Sutton Hoo, the seventh century in north-western Europe. / edited
by M.O.H. Carver. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK; Rochester, NY, USA, Boydell Press,
xviii, 406 p., :32: p. of plates. ill., maps. 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. :373:-406).
1. Anglo-Saxons -- Kings and rulers -- Death and burial. 2. Excavations
(Archaeology) -- Europe, Northern. 3. Excavations (Archaeology) -- England --
Suffolk. 4. Anglo-Saxons -- England -- Suffolk. 5. Ship burial -- Europe,
Northern. 6. Ship burial -- England -- Suffolk. 7. Civilization,
Anglo-Saxon. 8. Seventh century. 9. Sutton Hoo Ship Burial (England). 10.
Suffolk (England) -- Antiquities. 11. England -- Civilization -- To 1066.
12. Europe, Northern -- Antiquities.

[didn't notice if this was on the recent bibliography list - T]


>>> isbn 0292770510
Mathisen, Ralph W., 1947.
Roman aristocrats in barbarian Gaul, strategies for survival in an age of
transition. / Ralph Whitney Mathisen. 1st ed. Austin, TX, University of
Texas Press, 1993.
xv, 275 p. maps. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Romans -- France -- Cultural assimilation. 2. Nobility -- Rome. 3. Gaul
-- History -- 58 B.C.-511 A.D. 4. Rome -- History -- Germanic invasions,
3rd-6th centuries.


>>> isbn 0631178775
Dupont, Florence.
:Vie quotidienne du citoyen romain sous la Republique. English.:
Daily life in ancient Rome. / Florence Dupont ; translated by Christopher
Woodall. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, USA, Blackwell, 1993.
xi, 314 p. ill : 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. :297:-298) and index.
1. Rome -- Social life and customs.


>>> isbn 0812230620
Riche, Pierre.
:Carolingiens. English.:
The Carolingians, a family who forged Europe. / Pierre Riche ; translated
from the French by Michael Idomir Allen. Philadelphia, University of
Pennsylvania Press, c1993.
xix, 398 p. ill., map. 24 cm.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Translation of: Les Carolingiens.
Includes bibliographical references (p. :377:-380) and index.
1. Carolingians. 2. Middle Ages -- History. 3. Civilization, Medieval. 4.
France -- History -- To 987. 5. Europe -- History -- 476-1492. 6. France --
Kings and rulers.


Marinatos, Nanno.
Minoan religion, ritual, image, and symbol. / Nanno Marinatos. Columbia,
S.C., University of South Carolina Press, c1993.
x, 306 p. ill., maps. 27 cm.
Series: Studies in comparative religion (Columbia, S.C.).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-295) and index.
1. Minoans -- Religion. 2. Crete (Greece) -- Religion.

[great early garb documentation - T]


>>> isbn 1879836027
Sutton Hoo, fifty years after. / edited by Robert Farrell and Carol Neuman de
Vegvar. Oxford, Ohio, American Early Medieval Studies, Miami University,
Dept. of Art, 1992.
198 p. ill. 28 cm.
Series: American early medieval studies, 2.
"The papers in this volume were given at the twenty-fourth conference on
Medieval Studies held at Western Michigan University, from 4 to 7 May,
1989."--p. 1.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-197).
1. Sutton Hoo Ship Burial (England) -- Congresses. 2. Anglo-Saxons --
Congresses. 3. England -- Antiquities -- Congresses.

[holy kalamazoo, batman! - T]


>>> isbn 0631170782
Le Goff, Jacques, 1924-.
:Intellectuels au Moyen Age. English.:
Intellectuals in the Middle Ages. / Jacques Le Goff ; translated from the
French by Teresa Lavender Fagan. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass., USA,
Blackwell, 1993.
xxiv, 194 p. ill. 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Civilization, Medieval. 2. Learning and scholarship -- History --
Medieval, 500-1500. 3. Europe -- Intellectual life.

[they all hung out through Internet, of course - T]


>>> isbn 0521343631
Cadden, Joan, 1944-.
The meanings of sex difference in the Middle Ages: medicine, science, and
culture. / Joan Cadden. Cambridge; New York, NY, USA, Cambridge University
Press, 1993.
xii, 310 p. ill. 24 cm.
Series: Cambridge history of medicine.
Includes bibliographical references (p. :283:-303) and index.
1. Medicine, Medieval -- History. 2. Sex differences -- Philosophy --
History. 3. Human reproduction -- Philosophy -- History. 4. Scholasticism.

[vive le diffrence! or something like that. I'm English, can't speak a
bloody word of French - T]


>>> isbn 0521417139
Huot, Sylvia Jean.
The Romance of the rose and its medieval readers, interpretation,
reception, manuscript transmission. / Sylvia Huot. Cambridge :England:; New
York, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
xvi, 404 p. ill. 24 cm.
Series: Cambridge studies in medieval literature, 16.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 384-395) and indexes.
1. Guillaume, ( de Lorris ), fl. 1230. / Roman de la Rose. 2. Jean, ( de
Meun ), d. 1305 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History. 3. Guillaume, (
de Lorris ), fl. 1230 -- Parodies, imitations, etc. 4. Literature, Medieval
-- History and criticism -- Theory, etc. 5. Love poetry, French -- History
and criticism -- Theory, etc. 6. Romances -- History and criticism --
Theory, etc. 7. Authors and readers -- France -- History. 8. Books and
reading -- France -- History. 9. Manuscripts, Medieval -- France. 10.
Courtly love in literature. 11. Transmission of texts.


>>> isbn 0300054424
Rome reborn, the Vatican Library and Renaissance culture. / edited by Anthony
Grafton. Washington, D.C., Library of Congress; New Haven, Yale University
Press, c1993.
xxvi, 323 p. ill., facsims. 31 cm.
"In association with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City".
Accompanies an exhibition at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,
Jan. 6-Apr. 30, 1993.
Includes index.
1. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana -- Exhibitions. 2. Renaissance --
Exhibitions. 3. Renaissance -- Italy -- Rome -- Exhibitions. 4. Rome (Italy)
-- Civilization -- Exhibitions.


>>> isbn 0851153194
Medieval knighthood IV, papers from the fifth Strawberry Hill conference 1990.
/ edited by Christopher Harper-Bill and Ruth Harvey. Woodbridge, Suffolk;
Rochester, NY, Boydell Press, 1992.
xiv, 240 p., :16: p. of plates. ill. 24 cm.
Papers from the first-fourth conferences published under title: The ideals
and practice of medieval knighthood.
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Knights and knighthood -- Europe -- History -- Congresses. 2. Chivalry
-- Congresses. 3. Europe -- History -- 476-1492 -- Congresses.

[not to be confused with the Boone's Farm conference that
devastated the eastrealm chivalry back in AS VII - T]


>>> isbn 0435086073
Ingham, Rosemary.
The costume designer's handbook, a complete guide for amateur and
professional costume designers. / Rosemary Ingham, Liz Covey. 2nd ed., rev.
and updated. Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann, c1992.
286 p. ill. (some col.). 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-254) and index.
1. Costume design. 2. Costume.


>>> isbn 0435086103
Ingham, Rosemary.
The costume technician's handbook, a complete guide for amateur and
professional costume technicians. / Rosemary Ingham, Liz Covey. :Rev. ed.:.
Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann, c1992.
458 p., :8: p. of plates. ill. (some col.). 24 cm.
Rev. of: The costumer's handbook. c1980.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-423) and index.
1. Costume design. 2. Costume.

[just the resources list makes this one to die for. Does anyone know
how vacuform armor will hold up to rattan? - T]


>>> isbn 0937274585
The Costumemaker's art, cloaks of fantasy, masks of revelation. / edited by
Thom Boswell. Asheville, N.C., Lark Books, 1992.
144 p. col. ill. 29 cm.
Includes index.
1. Wearable art -- United States -- Themes, motives. 2. Costume -- United
States -- History -- 20th century -- Themes, motives.

[includes some really cool costuming by AEthelmearc SCAdians. Lady
Animal X does a great sneer. - T]


That's all for now, folks!

internet: || Therion Calgate ||
hzs@psuvm.psu.edu || Mountain Confederation || There. I'll bet you didn't
|| AEthlemearc || expect me to ever post
I said what? || Golden Mooselette || anything serious.

From: Tim@f4229.n124.z1.fidonet.org (Tim)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: scrolls.....
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1993 08:57:01

Robyyan wrote:

DR> I've gotten a scribe to agree to do just that for me, if I can provide
DR> examples in an appropriate hand for her to work from. My problem is
DR> time -- I haven't been able to get to the library to hunt up any, in a
DR> subject area I know almost nothing about. So can anyone give me some
DR> timesaving pointers?

Marc Drogin, *Medieval Calligraphy*, a book that no SCA scribe ought to be
without. Widely available, not expensive; I think there's a paperback
edition out.

Tadhg, Hanaper

* Origin: Herald's Point * Steppes/Ansteorra * 214-699-0057 (1:124/4229)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Cooking refs
Organization: HoloNet National Internet Access System: 510-704-1058/modem
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 1993 19:38:12 GMT

One other work which is now quite easy to find, and so I'm surprised
I haven't seen it mentioned, is Maxime de la Falaise's _Seven Centuries
of English Cooking_. (Barnes and Noble Press, 1992, ISBN 1-56619-112-2)

de la Falaise's book covers from the 14th - 20th centuries. The first
100 or so pages of the book (which is sitting not six inches from my
keyboard as I type this) are devoted to the 14th, 15th, 16th, and early
17th centuries. The author includes both the references and original
form of each recipe, as well as her modern English translation and an
explanation of the social and/or cultural relevance of each.

I *have* used this to make dinner for friends and family, actually.
The onion-almond soup got my roommate and I through the worst of the
rainy season, the tri-color potato soup is simmering right now for my
luncheon date in an hour, and the Roast Chicken with cold spiced
chicken relish and onion tarts was an interesting way to cook dinner
for my mother and her fiancee last week (proving to them both that the
money my family spent on my undergraduate degree in Medieval History
was NOT wasted...)

As you can guess by the publisher's name, this book is available
through Barnes and Noble bookstore. I got it during an unadvertised
sale clearance on Medieval and Renaissance reference texts for all
of about 8 bucks.

HIGHLY recommended, in fact, and if any of the recipes I've mentioned
above has set mouths to watering, let me know and I'll send them to
you. :)


The Reverend Benjamin D. Pollack, [bdp@holonet.net]
Minister & Archbishop, The First Church of Cyberspace
aka "Morgan Bluejeans", [mbj@delphi.com]
Chaplain & Business Manager, Dedaparamaxxaginos Productions

From: greg@bronze.lcs.mit.edu (Greg Rose)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: Romance of the Rose
Date: 6 Jul 1993 05:21:10 -0400
Organization: MIT LCS guest machine

Pedro de Alcazar writes:

>I've heard about the ROMANCE OF THE ROSE as an important and much
>read book during our period, and I've been wondering if there's a
>good English translation of it around, as I have no command of
>French or Latin. Thanks!

Well, there's Geoffrey Chaucer's....

Seriously, I'd recommend Charles Dahlberg's translation, _The Romance
of the Rose_ (Princeton, 1971; reprinted by University Press of New
England in the 1980s).

If you are interested in Chaucer's translation, take a look at:

R. Sutherlind, ed. _The Romaunt of the Rose and Le roman de la Rose:
A Parallel-Text Edition_. Berkeley, 1968.

See whether old Geoffrey did Guillaume de Lorris justice or not.


Organization: Penn State University
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1993 15:47:24 EDT
From: Therion <HZS@psuvm.psu.edu>
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: Livre de Chasse

Lady Elizabeth asks:

>I'm looking for help in locating a book:
>Livre de Chasse (Book of the Hunt) by Gaston de Foix
>Any hints?

Hint, hint, m'lady -

Gaston III, Phoebus, Count of Foix, 1331-1391.
:Phebus des deduiz de la chasse.:
Le livre de la chasse, Das Buch von der Jagd : vollst. Faks.-Ausg. im
Originalformat des Manuscrit francais 616 d. Bibliotheque nationale, Paris. /
Gaston Phoebus ; Kommentar, Marcel Thomas, Francois Avril ; ubersetzt von
Eberhard Konig, Pierre Herzog von Brissac ; Transkription, Robert und Andre
Graz, Akadem. Druck- u. Verlagsanst., 1976.
xviii, 58 p. 36 cm. & facsim. (138 leaves : col. ill. 36 cm.).
Series: Codices selecti phototypice impressi, v. 53; 53*.
First published in 1507 under title: Phebus des deduiz de la chasse des
bestes sauuaiges et des oyseaux de proye.
Includes modernized French translation with German commentary.
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Hunting -- Early works to 1800.


Edward, of Norwich, 2d Duke of York, 1373?-1415.
The master of game, the oldest English book on hunting. / Edited by Wm. A.
and F. Baillie-Grohman. With a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt. . New York,
Duffield & Co., 1909; :New York, AMS Press, 1974:.
xxix, 302 p. illus. 22 cm.
Includes the original text and a modernized version.
Includes index.
In large part a translation from Count Gaston de Foix's Livre de chasse.
Bibliography: p. 268-281.
1. Hunting -- Early works to 1800.

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From: james@nucleus.cuc.ab.CA (James Prescott)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Cookery Books
Date: 7 Jul 1993 18:52:34 -0400
Organization: Nucleus Information Service
Unto Angharad ver' Rhuawn and others, greetings.

To your list of cookery sources you might add:

Prescott, James, trans., _Le Viandier de Taillevent_,
Alfarhaugr Publishing Society (Eugene, Oregon) 1989,
ISBN 0-9623719-0-4 (hbk), ISBN 0-9623719-1-2 (pbk).
A translation of the Vatican Library manuscript, with
glossaries and extensive index.

Alfarhaugr is a non-profit publisher in An Tir, and
also publishes the Elf Hill Times (the kingdom A&S
magazine) and the Elf Hill TImes Songbook. The cost
of the Viandier is, I think, $12 US for the hardback,
and $8 US for the paperback, plus $1.75 postage.

Alfarhaugr Publishing Society
3025 Nelso Lane
Eugene OR
USA 97405
Thorvald/James (james@nucleus.cuc.ab.ca)

From: Jeffrey.L.Singman@um.cc.umich.EDU
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Living History Publications
Date: 20 Jul 1993 07:11:50 -0400
Organization: The Internet

I have been getting a lot of inquiries about the status of the various
Vox Clamantis publications. The current story is:
-The revised and expanded edition of the Elizabethan Handbook is now
at the printer's, and will be picked up tomorrow.
-The Chaucerian Handbook is just about finished--I am only waiting to
hear from a correspondent in England about a 14th century living
history group there. I plan to have it published within the next two
-The Vox Clamantis Journal (which now covers only the period before
1560) has been taken over by a new editor in California, and hopefully
will resume publication within the next few months.
If you would like further information, feel free to e-mail me, write
(2244 St Francis Dr. Apt A107 Ann Arbor MI 48104) or call (313-677-
Jeffrey L. Singman

From: danny@orthanc.cs.su.oz.au (Danny)
Subject: Book Review - The Medieval Machine
Organization: Basser Dept of Computer Science, University of Sydney, Australia
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1993 09:04:19 GMT

[ note followup ]

The Medieval Machine -
The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages
Jean Gimpel
Pimlico 1992 (2nd edition, first published 1988)
(translated from the French)
pp. 294 (+preface, +chronology, index)
[ history of technology, economic history ]

Economic history has a reputation for extreme dryness, and probably
conjures up visions of statistical compilations in most people's minds.
On the other hand works on the history of technology are few and far
between. Gimpel's _The Medieval Machine_ is an unusual mixture of the
two, being an extremely readable work aimed at a popular audience. It
presents a potpourri of information about the technological successes
and achievements of the Middle Ages, and should do much to correct the
still stereotypical view of the Middle Ages as backward, superstition-
ridden and technologically primitive. The basic idea is that in the two
centuries from around 1050 Western Europe went through a kind of
industrial revolution that was as significant as that of the nineteenth
century. (The evidence Gimpel presents is drawn largely from France and
England, but Italy and Germany and to a lesser extent other countries
also get a mention.) This is fitted into a thesis of wider scope, which
I discuss at the end of this review.

The first three chapters deal with medieval "primary industry" - with
energy sources, agriculture and mining. The first chapter describes the
crucial importance to the economy of different sources of energy -
river, wind and tidal. Their most important use was in mills for
grinding corn, but they were also used to drive machinery for many other
purposes, including fulling cloth and pressing olives. The role of the
Cistercian monasteries and the social factors leading to a more general
acceptance of machines than in classical times are discussed. An
interesting snippet is a brief history of the worlds first joint stock
company - a French mill owners organisation formed in the late 14th
Century that survived until nationalised after World War II.

The next chapter looks at the agricultural revolution. The introduction
of the modern harness (making horses more effective than oxen in plowing
and pulling loads), the three year fallow system, the heavy wheeled
plough and other innovations contributed to a large increase in food
production. The effects of this on the diet and living standards of
people were considerable, with records showing that students at a Paris
school had diets that are almost impeccable when subjected to modern
nutritional analysis. Another effect was a large population increase
throughout the period. Gimpel is also concerned to demonstrate that
medieval agriculture was to a large extent, with treatises on the
subject being extremely popular.

Stone quarrying and iron were the most important mining industries in
medieval Europe, but tin, lead and of course silver and gold were also
very important. Again the Cistercian monasteries played a critical role.
German miners attained a particular reputation for excellence and moved
throughout Europe (apparently this is reflected in the large proportion
of words of German origin in mining vocabulary). The importance of
mining was reflected in the prevalence of Crown rights over mineral
wealth throughout much of Europe.

The next two chapters deal with the broader social aspects of medieval
technology: one on environmental issues and one on working conditions in
medieval industries. I was intrigued to discover that pollution and
resulting concern about the quality of the environment are not modern
phenomena - England had national anti-pollution laws as early as 1388!
Working conditions differed drastically between industries. Miners and
mining communities were granted exceptional privileges while workers in
the textile industry were under the tight control of financial and
commercial interests, with working conditions foreshadowing those of the
later industrial revolution. Working conditions in the building industry
were better in the medieval period than in the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries. Strikes in the latter two industries were not

Then there are chapters on two more specific aspects of medieval
technology: one on the role of the great architect-engineers (focusing
on Villard de Honnecourt) and their construction of the cathedrals that
were the pinnacle of medieval achievement, and another on the
development of the clock. The final chapter looks at medieval science
and its relationship with medieval technology. Here Gimpel is concerned
to point out that Leonardo and the other Renaissance humanists drew many
of their ideas from earlier writers, who have got a bad press from

The general effect of all this is pretty convincing, but due to the
selective and anecdotal nature of the account it is hard to tell what
bias there may have been in the selection of facts. So I am a little
wary about basing any generalisations on the content. However a more
"objective" and statistically rigorous approach would certainly have
detracted from the book's readability, so I can't really complain about

The last chapter is particularly controversial, as it is here Gimpel
goes further and argues that the medieval "industrial revolution" was
followed by a setback in the progress of technology. It is worrying that
much of the evidence he presents in the other chapters for the
forward-looking and progressive nature of medieval technology in fact
dates to within the period he wants to describe as an "era of decay"
(this can be seen by internal analysis - Gimpel isn't falsifying the
evidence). It is also unclear how much bias there may have been in the
selective use of statistical materials. The book contains many graphs
showing wages, prices, etc. varying in a fashion consistent with
Gimpel's thesis, but perhaps there are others that could have been
included that would suggest otherwise.

If the final chapter is controversial, the meta-narrative (contained in
the preface and the chapter-length epilogue) is even more adventurous
(one might even say wildly speculative). Gimpel's central idea is that
the modern United States is going through a similar cycle to medieval
France and is now in process of decay. In so far as this is based on a
theory of history as driven by two fundamental underlying properties of
society (namely "technological evolution" and "psychological drive") and
in so far as specific dates are given as the changeover points between
phases, this seems massively oversimplistic to me. Some parts of the
comparison, however, are quite interesting, and the bulk of the book can
be read and appreciated even if one disagrees completely with the more
general theory.

At any rate, while _The Medieval Machine_ did manage to make me rethink
my conception of medieval Europe, the most impressive thing about it was
how much fun it was to read. I can heartily recommend it to anyone
interested either in medieval history or in the history of technology,
but it is the sort of book that will also be enjoyed by people who have
no interest in either. As well as being clearly written, it is nicely
illustrated with black and white photographs and makes good use of line
drawings and graphs.

Danny Yee (danny@cs.su.oz.au)

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