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The Secret Middle Ages

The Secret Middle Ages

Tea at Trianon has a redirect which I am publishing here... it fits well with my middle ages theme for the next two weeks. These are lost arts, unused and redeveloped as historical curiosities by living historians.

Author and scientist Carla Nayland has a review of an interesting book about the Middle Ages.

The Secret Middle Ages is a survey of the neglected arts and crafts of the medieval period (roughly 1100 to 1600) in Britain and continental Europe including France, the Low Countries and Germany. The author comments that most studies of medieval art present only a partial picture, confined to religious art and the precious objects owned by the elite. His survey, by contrast, sets out to explore what he calls the “other half” of medieval art, the everyday objects accessible to the bulk of the population – biscuit moulds, furniture, cheap lead jewellery, personal seals, floor tiles, woodcuts in books that illustrate contemporary stories and sayings, and decorative carvings in churches such as misericords and carved capitals.

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