An editorial review of a published work such as a book, film, or musical album
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-02-05 17:48
Up until now, little has been known about the personal life of medieval astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, but author Jack Repcheck brings life to the man in his new book Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began. Owen Gingerich reviews the book for the Sunday New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-01-20 00:39
In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-01-13 11:22
Nick Owchar of the Vancouver Sun offers a review of the new novel by Nicola Barker, Darkmans, which tells the story of "a long-dead king's jester, a precocious child and the debris of history that keeps floating to the surface."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-01-06 10:15
On the Christmas Eve 2007 All Things Considered radio program, reviewer Lynn Neary spoke with Laura Miller of Salon.com and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation about which books from 2007 should not be missed. Included was The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-12-27 18:14
"I itch in the cathedral; When I pray upon my knees: God, You saved us from damnation; Now save us from the fleas!" writes Laura Amy Schlitz in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village, a new children's book reviewed by John Schwartz for the Sunday New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-12-27 14:36
According to reviewer Edward Hirsch, a Wodwo is a "raw, spooky, elemental," a Middle English word meaning “half-man, half-animal spirit of the forests” which appeared in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Hirsch reviews a new translation by Simon Armitage.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-11-21 07:57
Tim Machan, professor of English at Marquette University, offers his thoughts on the latest version (2007) of Beowulf. He finds it "consistent to the original atmosphere that produced it."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-11-01 07:58
Fl. Galerius Aurelianus, aka Padruig the Uncle in the SCA, reports on his recent attendance at the Legio V Alaudae Roman Festivus in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he took part in the encampment and gladiatorial combat.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-10-23 11:00
Author Lorina Stephens (Leonora), the author of Shadow Song and Recipes of a Dumb Housewife, will be signing books at Chapters book store in Ontario throughout the month of November 2007.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-10-22 11:29
THL Charles de Bourbon recently attended a showing of the new film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He shares his review.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-10-02 14:55
Peregrine recounts a wonderful day spent with members of the Shire of Quintavia in the Eastrealm at Crossroads at Canterbury, an event "inspired by those famous tales of Chaucer's."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-09-26 11:44
Robert and Jean Hollander have produced a new translation of Dante's masterpiece Paradiso, the third book of the Divine Comedy. Jean Hollander, a poet, was in charge of writing the verse, while Robert Hollander, a Dante scholar, preserved the accuracy of the original. Joan Acocella of The New Yorker has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-09-20 17:43
Sir Ian McKellen, known for his role of Gandolf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will take on a new role when he appears as the title character in Shakespeare's King Lear.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-09-02 08:47
The editors of the Renaissance Store newsletters have added new titles to their Articles Archive, including an interview with the Tudor Tailers and suggestions for dressing for a Ren Faire.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-06-04 07:25
THL Francesca di Onorati reviews Damsels in Distress by Joan Hess, the latest book in the Claire Malloy series. This one deals with ARSE (the Association for Renaissance Scholarship and Enlightenment), a fictional reenactment group.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-05-21 07:44
In a review for The Guardian, Ian Pindar discusses a new book about bubonic plague: Justinian's Flea by William Rosen, an "impressive study of the bubonic plague and its impact on history."
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2007-05-10 11:32
Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, is a nonfiction history book set in 13th-century medieval Europe and follows the story of the four daughters of Count Raymond Berenger V and Beatrice of Savoy.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Fri, 2007-05-04 12:14
"When the prophet Muhammad died in 632, a tempest of political intrigue and deceit blew over Islam, transforming it forever. In this fast-paced and compelling tale, travel writer Rogerson (author of The Prophet Mohammad) conducts us on a fascinating journey back to seventh-century Medina and the various schemes that led to the division of Islam into Shia and Sunni factions."
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2007-04-05 11:20
Mistress of the Art of Death, a new novel by Ariana Franklin, has been released from Putnam. The story is set in 1171, during the reign of England's King Henry II, based around murders taking place in Cambridge.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-03-26 15:16
Siegfried Sebastian Faust, a first-time attendee at Gulf Wars XVI, has posted a review of the event on the Atlantia list, touching especially on how the war compares to Pennsic.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-02-09 08:34
In an article for Newsweek, Malcolm Jones looks at the second season of the HBO series Rome.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-01-12 09:00
On its website, the University of Chicago Press reviews Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: literature, culture, and food among the early moderns by Robert Appelbaum.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-12-22 12:30
Unable to view the original manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the British Library, Simon Armitage decided to make his own translation. In an article for the Guardian, Armitage discusses the work and provides an excerpt.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-12-20 20:19
A new novel reviewed in the Los Angeles Times allows readers "to vicariously experience the drama and political intrigue of the Middle Ages."
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:14
"As anybody who has seen the recent Meryl Streep movie The Devil Wears Prada knows, Satan is back in vogue. It is unsurprising, then, that some of the Devil’s sparkle has rubbed off in Western universities."
Submitted by Folo Watkins on Tue, 2006-12-05 12:12
Folo Watkins, from the Middle Kingdom, participates in the SCA and other living history groups. He reviews Opening Doors to Great Guest Experiences, an instructional video aimed at helping museums create better exhibits and public demonstrations, and finds that it would also benefit living history organizations.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-11-13 20:57
Christopher Paolini was only a teenager when he penned Eragon, a novel about a young man who finds and raises a dragon. Now, his dreams will really come true when the fantasy debuts on the silver screen December 15, 2006. The November issue of the Renaissance Store's newsletter has a review.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-10-26 13:27
A new book explores the history of academic charisma, tracing the figure of the famous and glamorized professor to the beginnings of the great universities in the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Johnnae on Tue, 2006-10-17 14:45
Machiavelli, a new play by Richard Vetere, has opened off Broadway in New York City. The comedy has been called "snappy, surprising, stimulating, and all together satisfying" by critics.
Submitted by Mathilda on Sun, 2006-09-03 18:33
Cunnan, a Wiki-style encyclopedia, now has almost 3600 articles available and more are added daily. First put on-line in 2003, Cunnan offers "information for re-enactors of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with a heavy slant towards members of the SCA."