Virgin Mary beats the devil!

:: in November 3, 2022 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There are legends that just live in European culture for centuries, since ancien Times till nowadays. There are motifs that keep coming back. One of those motifs – especially in Christian culture – is a story about a man who sold his soul to the devil. Source of inspiration for…

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Crypto-dildo?

:: in May 19, 2022 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

I must confess that when the worldwide popularity of the series “Game of Thrones” started, I was not interested at all in watching it. I am not a fan of fantasy – even though, as a proper medievalist, I do have interest in dragons. However, somehow around the premiere of…

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Beating St Nicholas

:: in December 25, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

This December – more than ever before – many families discuss financial issues. Christmas is an expensive event, after all, but pandemics brought a global crisis and a huge inflation. So, we all worry about the money. As it happens, St. Nicholas – a figure that evolved into Santa Claus…

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Shitload of fun

:: in July 28, 2021 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

I observe various medievalists on Twitter, and lately I came across a tweet that thoroughly amused me: apparently smiling poop emoji 💩 has a late medieval source of inspiration. As I like to repeat: everything already happened in the Middle Ages.     As it happens, the motif of excrement quite…

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Elephant and mandrake

:: in June 27, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

A few times already I have written about medieval bestiaries, that is about books on animals. They include descriptions of both fantastic beasts (see HERE and HERE), as well as real animals, albeit often with rather legendary approach (see HERE). In the latter group was undoubtedly and elephant. Medieval bestiaries…

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