Hot party – medieval style

:: in June 17, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In some late medieval manuscripts of French Chronicles we can find an interesting image: ladies and knights gathered in a chamber, observing dancing Wild Men, who are actually on fire. It is an illustration of an event that is known as “the Ball of the Burning Men” (Bal des Ardents)…

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Bastard the Conqueror

:: in December 13, 2019 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

It is a known fact that the most popular movies and TV series significantly increase tourism in filming locations; a recent and spectacular example is “Game of Thrones”, filmed (and produced) largely in Belfast, but also – among others – in Croatia, in Spain, Island or Malta. Touristic traffic in…

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Career of little people in past centuries

:: in November 25, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Recently I’ve had a pleasure to attend a conference in Ostrava, entitled: “Visualizing the Other in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (1300–1550)”, so today I decided to write about otherness… in size. Not only in the Middle Ages. But, of course, I will start with something medieval, as I…

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Fake news from 90 years ago?

:: in July 25, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Recently, while I have been preparing my radio programme on “Battle of Grunwald” by Jan Matejko (1878, the National Museum in Warsaw) I have came across an interesting information on the painting’s history. That information was given by rather a respectable source, that is a blog of conservators of the…

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