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Discovered Got Medieval by Craig Pyrdum

August 17, 2010

I just discovered a blog called “Got Medieval.” I had Googled “depictions of snails in the Middle Ages” to jump start my project idea for a course I’m taking, “The Art of Illuminated Manuscripts*.”

The name hooked me, because I was thinking of creating a character and then making her medieval. “Elizabeth Gearey Gets Medieval” or some such thing. If that ever comes together, well then it may appear in this blog. Or it might not.

Anyway, the fifth Google entry to come up was Got Medieval’s July 20, 2009 post,

“The Case of the Missing Snail Porn (Mmm…Marginalia)”

The site is full of witty and insightful comments relating medieval European history to contemporary themes. I’m thrilled to finally meet up with some medievalists who share my enthusiasm for 15th-century books!

*The six-week class is offered through UCLA Extension (uclaextension.edu) and begins again in October 2010. If you’re interested, look for course number X440.68, “Illuminated Manuscripts: Patronage and Process” taught by Kelly S. Williams, MA.

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