Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 7 Have you ever wondered what a medieval trial was like? Have you ever wondered if the stereotype of the corrupt sheriff was real? If you've ever seen or read historical fiction where someone is framed or is facing a trial where the elites are clearly not going to… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Justice, Law Enforcement and Cross-County Networks
Medieval Murder ~ Communal Revenge or Communal Vengeance?
Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 6 CW: discussions of domestic abuse, abuses of power in husband/wife and master/servant relationships, sexual assault This chapter explores the semantic differences between revenge and vengeance, and looks at whether motives can be found that fit either definition. Revenge: to take revenge is to inflict hurt or harm on… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Communal Revenge or Communal Vengeance?
Medieval Murder ~ Motive: Affairs of the Heart
Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 5 CW: discussion of domestic violence and sexual assault This chapter explores the motives of love/lust/jealousy, not only from the perspective of Lady Maud as the wife with one or more other lovers involved in the conspiracy to murder her husband, but from the perspective of the other figures… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Motive: Affairs of the Heart
Medieval Murder: Nonfiction Spotlight
As I'm taking a Romancing the Gothic lecture on Saturday 17th July 2021 on GOTHIC HISTORIES AND HISTORICAL GOTHIC: MEDIEVAL TO MODERN WALES, I thought I'd take a dive into nonfiction with you all for a while! Sign up for the July Romancing the Gothic classes, including mine, here. As the weeks go on, I'm… Continue reading Medieval Murder: Nonfiction Spotlight
Make Yourself a Coat of Arms
I love this – I’ve published on arms and seals and the uses of medieval iconography in my academic life, but this is a really fun exercise and might be useful for self-reflection.
Some medieval facts:
> If you weren’t important enough to have your own arms, you would bear those of your lord. For example, William Marshall (1146/7-1219) started off in the household of the Tankervilles and bore their arms until he was allowed to carry his own. [You’ll notice he was very long-lived: nobles often lived beyond 60, with the benefit of good constitution and diet etc].
>There was a sense of visual unity in family crests, but individuals chose what went on them as they inherited the title and lands. Some chose to adopt their father’s, but add something of their own; their son might revert to a further direct paternal ancestor (because patrilineal primogenture was the model of inheritance) and adopt their great-grandfather’s arms without changing it. It depended on what they wanted to convey!
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I’ve been trying to make a personal coat of arms (or achievement, as it’s properly known) for a long time now.
First thing’s first: in the UK and many other countries, you can’t just go ahead and design your own coat of arms. To officially acquire one, you have to have one presented to you by the College of Arms. But it’s extremely unlikely they’re ever going to knight me, and if they did, I doubt they’d let me use the one I came up with myself. So, no, this isn’t an official coat of arms.
But it’s a symbol designed using heraldic convention which I could still use to represent myself, especially if I get it copyrighted. So you can do that too, if you have the same peculiar desire to have a coat of arms that I do. (Just don’t go calling yourself a knight on any…
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