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New Medieval Books: From England’s King (without a kingdom) to the Byzantine Astronomer

Five new books about the Middle Ages.Henry the Young King, 1155-1183By Matthew StricklandYale University PressISBN: 9780300232875Excerpt: A King without a realm is at a loss for something to do: at such a loss was the noble and gracious Young King. Thus the poet Jordan Fantosme, writing for the Plantagenet court soon after the great was of 1173-4 which had pitted Henry II against his own son, Henry ‘the Young King’, encapsulated the paradox that lies at the heart of this study.
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West, Benjamin - History

West, Benjamin (1738-1820) Artist: Benjamin West was born near Springfield, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1738. At a young age, he showed a talent for art, and was sent to Philadelphia at the age of 18 to study painting. By the time he was 20, he was a successful portrait artist in New York. In 1760, his friends helped him afford a trip to Italy, where he learned about the neoclassical style which was becoming popular in Europe.
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Prophetic Mosque in Medina, Ottoman Era

A 19th Century CE drawing of the Mosque of the Prophet (Arabic: Al-Masjid an-Nabawī) in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The Mosque of the Prophet was originally founded in 622 CE by Prophet Muhammad, and underwent...
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“Flanders was empty and uncultivated and heavily wooded”: Historiography as Urban Resource in the Twelfth Century

“Flanders was empty and uncultivated and heavily wooded”: Historiography as Urban Resource in the Twelfth CenturyBy Jeff RiderHuman and Social Studies, Vo.6:2 (2017)Abstract: The stories that the inhabitants of a milieu tell themselves and others about that milieu are an important part of the immaterial, human, symbolic resources available to them to help them grasp, articulate and inflect their milieu’s historical development and thus shape its future.
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Vegetables in the Middle Ages

Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, offers the stories of eleven different vegetables – artichokes, beans, chard, cabbage, cardoons, carrots, chili peppers, Jerusalem artichokes, peas, pumpkins, and tomatoes – offering tidbits from science and agriculture to history, culture, and, of course, cooking.
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