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Five Fun Things: The Queen of Hearts Edition (February 2023)

1. Did you know that there was a vogue for heart-shaped books in the fifteenth century? I learned this fact last weekend, when I heard a wonderful talk by Niki Dinensis. Here’s a fun short piece on the heart-shaped book in fifteenth-century Europe (mostly northern Europe), and if you would like to make your own…

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Five Fun Things: January 2023

I know – January is almost over. But better late than never, right? & 1 Cool Object An Embroidered Workbox from the V&A Museum. Hannah Downes made the needlework panels on this workbox around 1684. The panels are made of canvas, worked with silk thread, and it looks surprisingly modern due to Downes’s choice to…

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Five Fun Things… & One Cool Object

Introducing a new monthly column, where we feature five fun things that caught our attention, and one cool object. Because sometimes you just need a list, yeah? No extra verbiage. 5 Fun Things 1 Cool Object A 1,300-year-old necklace from the Harpole Treasury, recently discovered in England. According to the Washington Post, “The jewelry piece,…

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A Recipe for Gingerbread, courtesy of a 17th-century manuscript

Clara Peeters, A glass of red wine, a sprig of rosemary, and sweetmeats on a pewter platter (also known as Allegory of Marriage), c. 1607. Current whereabouts unknown. In early November, I participated in EMROC’s Transcribathon, and I ended up transcribing a seventeenth-century recipe for gingerbread. The recipe opened up a fascinating window into the…

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In the generally-accepted opinion of experts

This month marks the five-year anniversary of Christie’s historic Salvator Mundi sale. A piece on authenticity warranties by Anny Shaw made me think more deeply about what the concept of “scholarly consensus” means in a scholarly or academic setting, and why the “generally-accepted opinion of experts” might take on a different resonance in a legal…

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