Saint Louis aka Gary Stu

One of the million things I loath are flawless characters both fictional and nonfictional. They are predictable, boring and disingenuous. So why on Earth, you ask, would I write about a goody two-shoes like Saint Louis? First of all a saint isn’t mere human and nowhere near as nauseating and simplistic as modern superheroes; second, … Continue reading Saint Louis aka Gary Stu

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Food in the High Middle Ages

One peachy morning, Peter of Blois complained in a letter about the food and wine served at the court of Henry II (1154 – 1189) who was known not to give a damn about food.   Half-baked bread, stale fish, and meat, the wine is turned sour or moldy - thick, greasy, stale, flat and … Continue reading Food in the High Middle Ages

Should we sacrifice this Christian monk? Let’s see what the horse says.

The Northern Slavs worshiped Slavic gods well into the early 13th century.  Germans, in their zeal to have all their neighbors on the Jesus boat, sent missionaries among the pagans to show them “the way.” When the Slavs weren’t impressed, the Germans would send the knights. The pagans from Turaida figured that the Cistercian missionary … Continue reading Should we sacrifice this Christian monk? Let’s see what the horse says.