Emedieval House – Darkholme Keep http://darkholmekeep.net/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:40:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://darkholmekeep.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-70x70.png Emedieval House – Darkholme Keep http://darkholmekeep.net/ 32 32 Medieval City Builder Manor Lords Demo Joins Steam Next Fest https://darkholmekeep.net/medieval-city-builder-manor-lords-demo-joins-steam-next-fest/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 17:41:53 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/medieval-city-builder-manor-lords-demo-joins-steam-next-fest/ Medieval city builder Manor Lords combines the peaceful industry of settlement management with large-scale battles in the style of Total War. The gorgeous strategy game from solo developer Slavic Magic is published by strategy and city-building game specialist Hooded Horse, and you can get your hands on a demo of the city builder during the […]]]>

Medieval city builder Manor Lords combines the peaceful industry of settlement management with large-scale battles in the style of Total War. The gorgeous strategy game from solo developer Slavic Magic is published by strategy and city-building game specialist Hooded Horse, and you can get your hands on a demo of the city builder during the Steam Next Fest debut. october.

Heavily inspired by the architecture of late 14th century Franconia (a German region located towards the south of the country and home to Nuremberg), Manor Lords allows players to build their cities with complete creative freedom, avoiding the likes of grid-based systems in favor of full position control. As you build houses, you can choose to add expansions – allowing your population to grow vegetables, raise animals, and more. The visual details are nice too, allowing players to zoom right in and watch their employees go about their daily business.

Of course, you’ll have to deal with the demands of the seasons – stock up in spring and summer to ensure you can get through the harsh winter months. You can spread across the map, build multiple settlements, and search for more valuable resources. However, the environment will react to your expansions, with animals moving away from noisy colonies and deforestation being a real threat if you get too greedy in your material gathering.

You can also establish trade routes with other neighboring lords, or you can (and probably will) come into conflict with them. This is where the combat comes in – and your soldiers aren’t just faceless drones, but rather trained warriors and your beloved subjects, which means “every death is a cost to be considered”.

Each fallen soldier means one less person to work in the colony, so even a won fight could have long-term ramifications on the populace. Fortunately, with heavy weight placed on tactics and positioning, Slavic Magic says even a small numerically disadvantaged force can decisively win the day with the right leadership. Unfortunately, the demo on offer won’t let you get your hands on that aspect just yet, but it does promise to give Manor Lords a rather unique twist on the walkthroughs of many city builders and settlement sims.

Nonetheless, the city building side has a lot to offer and should give a good overview of what Manor Lords brings to the table. You can list Manor Lords on Steam, and the city building demo will be available during the Steam Next Fest from October 3-10.

If you’re looking for more strategy in the meantime, Terra Invicta Early Access is underway, giving fans a taste of the ambitious space game from the creators of the XCOM Long War mod. Another upcoming game from Hooded Horse, Heart of the Machine lets you become a sentient AI in an already established civilization and decide how to affect the course of history.

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5 dark moments in ancient and medieval history https://darkholmekeep.net/5-dark-moments-in-ancient-and-medieval-history/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:07:44 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/5-dark-moments-in-ancient-and-medieval-history/ History can be brutal. For centuries, humans have been captivated by the spectacle of violence, often in the struggle for power. While there are a number of wars, deaths, and torture techniques that morbidly fascinate people today, here are some dark moments you may not have heard of. The Dancing Plague of 1518 Illustration of […]]]>

History can be brutal. For centuries, humans have been captivated by the spectacle of violence, often in the struggle for power. While there are a number of wars, deaths, and torture techniques that morbidly fascinate people today, here are some dark moments you may not have heard of.

The Dancing Plague of 1518

Illustration of dancing skeletons alluding to the medieval dancing plague

The Dancing Plague of 1518 was one of the most bizarre events recorded in medieval history. In July 1518, a woman whose identity is disputed began dancing silently through the streets…and didn’t stop until she collapsed from exhaustion a week later. By then dozens of others had joined her, dancing nonstop without stopping to eat, drink or rest. The ‘plague’ lasted until September of that year, and it is believed that hundreds of people were affected, many of whom danced themselves to death.

This plague is the most famous (and deadliest) example of a phenomenon called “Dancing Mania”, which was a well-documented occurrence in medieval Europe. People danced erratically and dangerously, “infecting” spectators who would join them for days. Modern historians cannot pinpoint the exact reason for these outbreaks, but a common theory is that they were the result of “mass hysteria”. Poverty, superstition and a turbulent socio-political environment could have caused mass psychogenic symptoms manifesting, at times, in dancing.

Corpse Synod

A painting of Pope Formosa during the Synod of Cadver by Jean-Paul Laurens via Wikipedia

Formosa was the bishop of Rome, or pope, from 891 CE until his death in 896 CE. He was pope at a time of political uncertainty, when Italy went through nearly 24 popes in 93 years. As different factions of the church were in conflict, Formosa became pope after being previously condemned by Pope John VIII for treason and then pardoned by Pope Marinus I. His pontificate was controversial and many in the Church did not recognize his legitimacy.

Less than a year after his death, Pope Stephen VI, who was a supporter of Pope John VIII, decided to exhume Formosa’s corpse and retry him for the crimes for which he had originally been convicted. His corpse was dug up, dressed in papal robes and tried for perjury. Since Formosa could not reasonably defend himself, Stephen VI appointed a deacon to speak on his behalf. His defense was unsuccessful, and Formosa was found guilty, stripped of his royal garments, and buried.

Still dissatisfied, Stephen VI ordered the body to be dug up again and thrown into the Tiber. He was imprisoned soon after, and his successor Romanus overruled that of Formosa but was himself overthrown soon after. Finally, Pope Theodore recovered the body and his successor John IX had it reinterred.

The brutal suicide of Cato the Younger

A drawing of Julius Caesar in battle

Cato the Younger was an influential political figure in ancient Rome. He was known as a Stoic philosopher, a defender of the Roman Republic and a fierce resister to the dictatorship of Julius Caesar. Historians claim that his intransigent stance towards the views of Caesar and his followers led to civil war.

Cato the Younger was put in charge of the defense of the city of Utica while Caesar’s army marched through the Republic. As he prepared for Caesar’s possible attack, he received news that his ally, Metellus Scipio, had been defeated in the Battle of Thapsus.

Realizing his defeat was inevitable, Cato informed his servants and household that he would rather die than become a slave, and attempted to slit his stomach using his sword. However, he fell unconscious before completing the task and was stitched up by his own doctor. Not one to give up, Cato woke up and started removing the stitches and his intestines with his own hands.

The siege of Masada

Ruins of Masada in modern Jerusalem

The First Jewish-Roman War was one of the three major rebellions of the Jews against the Roman Empire. In one of the most significant acts of rebellion, the Jews fought the Romans and drove them out of Jerusalem. This provoked a fierce reaction from Emperor Nero, who sent his general Vespasian to retake Jerusalem.

Vespasian and his son Titus succeeded in retaking Jerusalem and crushing the rebellion. They sent the Roman army, under the command of Licius Silva, to the fortress of Masada, the last place of significant Jewish resistance. After briefly besieging the fortress, Silva broke through the walls and, at the entrance, found a group of nearly 1,000 dead Jews. As a final act of resistance, the Jews of Masada committed mass suicide as a preferred alternative to capture.

Death of Attila the Hun

A painting of Attila riding a pale horse, by the French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)
A painting of Attila riding a pale horse, by French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) via Wikipedia

Attila the Hun was a fierce warrior known for leading the Huns, a nomadic tribe of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Under his rule, he led the expansion of the Huns into a nomadic empire made up of several tribes. Attila had a reputation as one of the most powerful rulers alive, and his strength posed a significant threat to the Roman Empire, against which he led several failed invasions.

After invading Italy, Atilla decided to withdraw his forces as he calculated that its capture would be too costly and would have minimal strategic advantage. Back in his native land (modern Hungary), Atilla was at a party celebrating his third (and final) marriage to Ildico. The party would end in disaster when Atilla, very drunk, had a nosebleed and drowned in his own blood. Most historians agree that his death was not an assassination, but possibly the result of an illness resulting from alcoholism.

There are countless other examples throughout history of deliberate or accidental cruelty and misfortune. Although they can be uncomfortable to learn, it is essential that we retain knowledge of ancient and medieval cultures in order to learn from them.

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House of the Dragon’s Emma D’Arcy & Olivia Cooke on the Patriarchy in Westeros https://darkholmekeep.net/house-of-the-dragons-emma-darcy-olivia-cooke-on-the-patriarchy-in-westeros/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:15:00 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/house-of-the-dragons-emma-darcy-olivia-cooke-on-the-patriarchy-in-westeros/ Dragon House arrived mid-season with episode 5, “We Light the Way”. After observing a young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Alice (Emily Carey) being driven by male politics, the series will now jump ten years to continue this power struggle. In a new interview with the Entertainment Weekly cast Emma d’Arcy and Olivia Cookewho are set […]]]>

Dragon House arrived mid-season with episode 5, “We Light the Way”. After observing a young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Alice (Emily Carey) being driven by male politics, the series will now jump ten years to continue this power struggle. In a new interview with the Entertainment Weekly cast Emma d’Arcy and Olivia Cookewho are set to reprise the roles of Alcock and Carey as Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively, discussed the themes of the series and the power dynamics between their adult characters.


The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is a deeply patriarchal society, it was established with the first shot of the series which sees Viserys being chosen as king over Rhaenys, the queen who never was. D’Arcy explains that the “continued consolidation of male power and patriarchy” is what really got them excited about the script. Further explaining that the princess has “privileges but no power” due to the prevailing patriarchy. “It’s one thing to put two female characters at the center of a series like this,” D’Arcy continued, “but it’s another when they’re positioned within a patriarchy. are we paying attention to them, seeking at least to take control of their own lives?” Cooke agrees, saying Alice “struggles with her femininity and power”. We last saw the Queen as she realizes the consequences of her misplaced trust and her father’s final warning that shook her to the core. The actor explains the role “she has to play who is completely estranged from her husband or father or even his children. And also, just morally where she stands when she no longer listens to her father.

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Essentially, D’Arcy explains it’s about “otherness,” revealing that the showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal created a program where the story is told from the perspective of a character who is “fundamentally different in a position of power”. Adding: “It seems really unusual to me. How to convince an electorate that you are not different? How do you do that when the whole system is built on the belief and the rule that you are not the same? Cooke shares their sentiment as Alicent’s role has been limited to giving birth to heirs, which the show discussed in Episode 4, when Rhaenyra remarks, “How romantic it must be to be imprisoned in a castle and forced to evict heirs”, and quickly apologizes. Cooke said: “Our bodies [as women] continue to be politicized. It’s interesting to play a character who is in medieval times and [seeing] how these things still go on.”

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On one side we have Rhaenyra, the heir to the throne with rumors of illegitimate children and on the other we have Alicent who is walking a tightrope of being a ‘lady’ for her entire life. by being forced in any direction the men in her life see good. Cooke revealed, “Just the injustice she feels…She looks around her family, and they’re all screwed. She’s like, ‘I’ve been so perfect my whole life. I haven’t taken one step wrong, and it doesn’t matter. I think what we see in his evolution is this complete existential crisis.” She attributes the rivalry between the two to this in court as well as the loss of her friendship with Rhaenyra, “I think it’s the first real heartbreak, and the first only heartbreak that [Alicent’s] had because it was such a pure love.”

The new episode of House of the Dragon will be released on September 25, in the meantime, check out the teaser below:

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What to do this week in Montgomery County, Maryland https://darkholmekeep.net/what-to-do-this-week-in-montgomery-county-maryland/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:47:55 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/what-to-do-this-week-in-montgomery-county-maryland/ Photo by Christine Zhu mass appeal Four cylindrical steel shapes stand tall in a new, long-term facility at Glenstone, the private contemporary art museum that opened in Potomac in 2006 and debuted with expanded offerings in 2018. The gigantic pieces by famed sculptor Richard Serra Four towers: equal weight, unequal measure each weighs 82 tons […]]]>
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Four cylindrical steel shapes stand tall in a new, long-term facility at Glenstone, the private contemporary art museum that opened in Potomac in 2006 and debuted with expanded offerings in 2018. The gigantic pieces by famed sculptor Richard Serra Four towers: equal weight, unequal measure each weighs 82 tons and is 45 inches to 120 inches high, with diameters of 78 inches to 127 inches. Daylight streams through skylights to illuminate four rounds in a new 4,000 square foot concrete building designed by Thomas Phifer to house the exhibition.

Situated behind an unassuming gate on Glen Road, Glenstone showcases nearly 300 acres of landscape integrated with architecture and art. On the property you will find the gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions and overlooks a pond. The pavilions feature 50,000 square feet of exhibit space in halls connected by glass walkways where visitors can view an 18,000 square foot water lot. Outdoor sculptures are scattered throughout the park. Nature permeates the experience through paths, trails, streams, meadows and forests. Strategically placed benches direct visitors to the greenery so that they stop to observe their surroundings.

Glenstone is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry. Book your tickets online; check the website for details on guaranteed entry programs for bus riders, students, active duty military and museum professionals. 12100 Glen Road, Potomac, 301-983-5001, glenstone.org

—Christine Zhu


Courtesy of Maryland Renaissance Festival

Royal festivities

Walk through Revel Grove, home of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and you’ll meet kings, queens, knights, pirates and fairies. Known for its costumed performers and attendees, as well as its medieval culinary offerings, like giant turkey legs and beer mugs, the annual festival takes place in Annapolis on a 27-acre site designed to look like an English village circa 1536, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Visitors can walk the paths and interact with performers depicting villagers and royalty, as well as jugglers, magicians, mimes and other street performers. The buildings are designed in the traditional Tudor style and include craft shops, taverns, displays of armor and weapons, and demonstrations of artisans, such as leatherwork and knitting.

A 3,000-seat jousting arena hosts matches, as well as chariot races, horse shows and falconry displays. Plays, storytelling, puppet shows and singing can be found in outdoor theaters. Pick up a program featuring performances for young children (K-3) at the Guest Services Pavilion. For those who want an even more immersive experience, costumes are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis ($10-$30), or revelers can bring their own.

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Pre-Confederation prison on the market in Perth https://darkholmekeep.net/pre-confederation-prison-on-the-market-in-perth/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 19:46:27 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/pre-confederation-prison-on-the-market-in-perth/ A pre-Confederation jail for sale in historic Perth, Eastern Ontario, could be yours for less than the price of an average Canadian home. Before being mothballed by the provincial government in 1994, the Perth Gaol, an imposing neo-Gothic stone fortress, was the site of three hangings. Now the 18 cells, gallows, walled courtyard and over […]]]>

A pre-Confederation jail for sale in historic Perth, Eastern Ontario, could be yours for less than the price of an average Canadian home.

Before being mothballed by the provincial government in 1994, the Perth Gaol, an imposing neo-Gothic stone fortress, was the site of three hangings.

Now the 18 cells, gallows, walled courtyard and over a century and a half of macabre history can be had for $495,000.

But put that suitcase down – Perth’s “Big House” isn’t exactly move-in ready.

Abandoned for years, with water pouring through a damaged roof and virtually no air circulation, the prison has been subjected to its own punishment by the passage of time.

Current owner Mickel Alexander examines the ceiling of a series of cells in the 160-year-old prison in Perth. (Stu Mills/CBC)

Designed by famed Ontario architect Henry Horsey, whose name appears on dozens of town halls, churches and courthouses between Napanee and Kingston, the 1862 structure is a peeling, faded and damp shadow of her -same.

“As you can imagine, a prison has no windows that open,” said the real estate agent sentenced to find a buyer.

This week, Ian Shackell, real name, tapped the code on the estate agent’s safe and opened the main door to the 160-year-old building.

A wave of foul medieval-smelling air poured into the sunny parking lot.

“There’s no doubt there are a lot of challenges,” confessed the agent, who said plumbing, electrical and HVAC work would be needed.

Estate agent Ian Shackell said potential buyers of Perth Jail had suggested turning it into a boutique hotel or dormitory. (Stu Mills/CBC)

Shackell said the tirebreakers had considered turning it into a boutique hotel, a residence for students at Algonquin College’s Perth campus, just 300 meters away, an escape room or a multi-residential unit.

But this job will literally involve moving stone walls, many of which are a meter or more thick.

With the structure zoned for institutional use and protected by city heritage rules, it was difficult to strike a deal on the jail, Shackell said, although he said he had been assured Perth wanted “keep an open mind”.

If the challenges of renovations don’t put off the potential buyer, the grim tale of three executions might.

Many facilities, including 18 prison cells, remained intact. (Stu Mills/CBC)

Sentenced to hang for the murder of his wife Catherine in 1910, Rufus Weedmark was allowed to have visits from his young children in the hours before, with reporters at the time describing the scene as “extremely pathetic”.

“Before his daughters left yesterday afternoon, his youngest child, aged six, climbed into his doomed father’s lap and, looking him in the face, asked, ‘Why don’t you go home. home with us? ‘” Told the Perth Courier.

“Would you like to live there? asked a neighbor as she walked past the property with her dog on a leash last week.

She said her brother, a prison guard at the prison in the 1980s, once complained that his workplace was excessively dark and dingy.

Pandemic problems for the owner

“COVID has pulled the rug out from under me,” said Mickel Alexander, an investor from London, Ont., who bought the prison in 2019 with plans to shoot a reality TV show featuring its story and its restoration.

The delays caused by the pandemic, the skyrocketing cost of building materials, and the high price of the skilled labor that would be needed made the project out of reach.

Alexander bought the property in 2019 with the intention of filming a prison restoration reality show. (Stu Mills/CBC)

“I came here thinking I could do it for a couple million dollars, but the experts say $20 million,” he said.

Still, calling himself stubborn, Alexander said he would like to see his TV dream come true and offered to partner with an investor who shares his love of historic stone buildings.

The poor condition of the building frustrated local historian Susan Code for decades.

She said the prison’s closure in the 1990s was a politically motivated and economic act.

It was “a short-sighted decision – with no thought given to the follow-up,” Code said.

With the heating off for years, the interior of the building has suffered. (Stu Mills/CBC)
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Tasteful sex scenes and brotherly dilemmas https://darkholmekeep.net/tasteful-sex-scenes-and-brotherly-dilemmas/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 04:31:01 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/tasteful-sex-scenes-and-brotherly-dilemmas/ Picture via HBO Since the last season of game of thrones ruined the hopes of millions of fans around the world, they have been hesitant in their approach to Dragon House. Even after the prequel’s successful debut, many were waiting to see a sign of stumbling, but with last night’s fourth episode, all those worries […]]]>

Picture via HBO

Since the last season of game of thrones ruined the hopes of millions of fans around the world, they have been hesitant in their approach to Dragon House. Even after the prequel’s successful debut, many were waiting to see a sign of stumbling, but with last night’s fourth episode, all those worries were put to rest. Accommodation is here to stay, and maybe even kill.

There’s a lot to unpack from the latest explosive outing, so let’s get to it without wasting any more time.

Episode 5 Preview Teases The Climax Of The First Story Arc

Picture via HBO

Dragon House tells the story of the Targaryens as depicted in George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood. This means the story includes many time jumps, and one of them in the current first season will see two of the actresses, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, replaced by older counterparts in the form of Emma. D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke. While it’s unclear when this will happen, it looks like we’re approaching the narrative first half. So, could next week’s fifth episode be the last we see of these versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent? That certainly seems to be the case, going by this new preview clip, but take that with a pinch of salt for now.

Speaking of time jumps, how much time passed between episodes 3 and 4?

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Picture via HBO

When we last saw Daemon, his blond hair was flowing down to his shoulders, covered in blood. In Episode 4, Daemon had his hair cut, wielding a crown that made him King of the Stepstones. As for Rhaenyra, the princess is at Storm’s End for one second, at King’s Landing for another. So, how much time passes between all these developments? The show never explicitly answers this question, but we may have found something that will help you streamline the timeline, at least as far as these final two episodes are concerned.

Fans Can’t Believe ‘Game of Thrones’ Gave Them a Tasteful Sex Scene

Milly Alcock in House of the Dragon
Image via Warner Bros.

You can’t associate sex and Westeros without subconsciously thinking of an aggressive sack fling where the man takes advantage of a woman or, at the very least, doesn’t reciprocate the act. This assumption changed everything with Dragon House this week. Rhaenyra Targaryen’s intimate scene with Ser Criston Cole basically sounds like something out of a fairy tale. Well, maybe not exactly that, but compared to the standards previously set by the Seven Kingdoms, this intimate little scene left everyone in awe. And may it continue, regardless of what you think of realistic sex in medieval times.

Matt Smith discusses the complex sibling dynamic between Viserys and Daemon

Picture via HBO

Viserys and Daemon barely have room for themselves, but in the two or three scenes they have, their chemistry has been off the charts. Viserys takes care of his brother, although he knows he is as irresponsible as he is unpredictable. Daemon has big ambitions, but his love for his family still gets in the way. The relationship these two have in this time of upheaval and crisis is certainly one of the highlights of this new show, and Matt Smith, the British actor who plays Daemon, recently broke it down in all its complexity. nuanced. It’s unclear where the two brothers end up at this point, but let’s hope for a reconciliation after the events of this final episode.

And that’s all there is to note for now. Tune in tomorrow as we go over another roundup of everything interesting happening in Westeros.

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Seven of the most ‘haunted’ pubs in and around Sheffield, including Ball Inn, Ye Old Harrow and Three Tuns https://darkholmekeep.net/seven-of-the-most-haunted-pubs-in-and-around-sheffield-including-ball-inn-ye-old-harrow-and-three-tuns/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 03:45:00 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/seven-of-the-most-haunted-pubs-in-and-around-sheffield-including-ball-inn-ye-old-harrow-and-three-tuns/ The disturbing stories range from a medieval child supposed to pull punters’ hair to a ghostly woman supposed to rock back and forth in her chair. Below are some of the most haunted pubs in the city, according to legend, along with the spooky ghosts and events said to have been seen there. 1. The […]]]>

The disturbing stories range from a medieval child supposed to pull punters’ hair to a ghostly woman supposed to rock back and forth in her chair.

Below are some of the most haunted pubs in the city, according to legend, along with the spooky ghosts and events said to have been seen there.

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HistoryExtra Women of the Middle Ages Masterclass: Hildegard of Bingen with Janina Ramirez https://darkholmekeep.net/historyextra-women-of-the-middle-ages-masterclass-hildegard-of-bingen-with-janina-ramirez/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:38:22 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/historyextra-women-of-the-middle-ages-masterclass-hildegard-of-bingen-with-janina-ramirez/ Our three-part virtual lecture series hosted by historian and host Janina Ramirez offers a new look at the medieval world through the women who are usually written about it. This second session examines how our modern understanding of terms such as ‘nun’ and ‘convent’ shaped our understanding of the intellectual and creative abilities of medieval […]]]>

Our three-part virtual lecture series hosted by historian and host Janina Ramirez offers a new look at the medieval world through the women who are usually written about it. This second session examines how our modern understanding of terms such as ‘nun’ and ‘convent’ shaped our understanding of the intellectual and creative abilities of medieval women. Focusing on the individual Hildegard of Bingen, discover an environment in which men and women could become talented polymaths and change the world around them through education, writing, and political activism.


Who was Hildegard of Bingen?

Janina Ramirez presents the ultimate Renaissance woman, Hildegard of Bingen

It is often assumed that medieval women were deprived of education from childhood and deprived of the resources they would need to match their male counterparts. Yet the achievements of Hildegard of Bingen – a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic and visionary who inspired a cultural renaissance from her native Rhineland in the 12th century – have long challenged this assumption.

Atop a hill in a remote part of the German countryside, the abandoned medieval monastery of Disibodenberg is where we come closest to Hildegard of Bingen. In these evocative ruins 900 years ago, she quietly and patiently developed her knowledge and range of talents to become one of the great polymaths of the medieval world.


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Medieval monasteries were distinctly gendered sites. In Disibodenberg, the monks dominated the buildings, from the church to the refectory. But on the northern outskirts was another small community that was separate, but could nonetheless benefit from this rich cultural environment: a group of young nuns. It was there, in a cell adjoining a tiny church, that Hildegarde came as a child and lived locked up until her forties.

When her mentor and abbess, Jutta, died in 1136, Hildegard became hers. Luckily, she would live to be 81 for a long time and it was this longevity that helped etch her name in the pages of history. But it is also her charisma, her passion and her intelligence that made Hildegard recognized as Sibyl of the Rhine and adviser to popes and emperors.

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Even today it is remarkable for an author to have his collected works compiled into a single volume. But that’s what survived in the Riesencodex, which was written at the time of his death. Almost lost after World War II and only saved thanks to the daring exploits of two women (Margarete Kühn and Caroline Walsh, who stole the Risencodex of the post-war Soviet authorities and brought it back to the nuns of Eibingen), this enormous manuscript shows the full extent of Hildegard’s achievements.

A 13th century depiction of Hildegard of Bingen (centre) receiving a vision in the presence of her secretary and confidante (Photo by Fine Art Images)

Building a Women-Centered World

Hildegarde excelled in every area she turned to. She wrote theological texts of great mystical originality, based on the visions she had experienced since childhood. His letters to the good and the great of the medieval world show his ability to influence the politics and opinions of his time at the highest level. Yet the intimacy of her personal correspondence with her loyal worshipers shows that she could passionately connect with people on a human level. “Your divine absence has made me drunk with the wine of sorrow,” wrote one such follower, a nun called Gertrude, lamenting the fact that she had yet to meet Hildegard in person.

Hildegarde’s scientific works, which range from natural history to the first description of a female orgasm, are based on decades of work in hospitals and on the special needs of women. His artistic abilities were showcased in the psychedelic illuminations of his lyrics, while his contributions to music were extraordinary. Unlike other composers of her time, Hildegard’s songs and singing style leap across octaves in an attempt to capture the celestial through sound. She even invented her own language.

The woman-centered world she built, especially in the spiritual realm, showed the church as a nurturing mother and Love and Wisdom symbolically as women. But in the temporal realm too, she led a powerful community of influential nuns in her convent in Bingen. Here, art, music and education allowed the women around him to become increasingly ambitious and to play increasingly important roles in 12th-century Europe.

Janina Ramirez is a cultural historian, broadcaster and author based at the University of Oxford. His latest book is Femina: A new history of the Middle Ages, through the women who are written about it (WH Allen, 2022)

This text first appeared in the September 2022 issue of BBC History Magazine

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House Of The Dragon Was A Lot To Film, But Matt Smith Says A Funny Thing Stopped Him From Continuing On Set https://darkholmekeep.net/house-of-the-dragon-was-a-lot-to-film-but-matt-smith-says-a-funny-thing-stopped-him-from-continuing-on-set/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 22:19:30 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/house-of-the-dragon-was-a-lot-to-film-but-matt-smith-says-a-funny-thing-stopped-him-from-continuing-on-set/ When an actor joins a project like HBO’s Dragon House Where game of thrones, they must have an idea of ​​what awaits them. The concert features brutal nighttime filming, harsh weather conditions, simulated flights on CGI dragons, intense onstage combat and more. Although this can be trying and difficult for everyone, it would help immensely […]]]>

When an actor joins a project like HBO’s Dragon House Where game of thrones, they must have an idea of ​​what awaits them. The concert features brutal nighttime filming, harsh weather conditions, simulated flights on CGI dragons, intense onstage combat and more. Although this can be trying and difficult for everyone, it would help immensely to work on a fun set. And Matt Smith, who plays the unpredictable and fiery Daemon Targaryen, shared a funny thing that managed to keep his spirits up during filming. Dragon House.

Matt Smith, believe it or not, is one of the oldest stars on the set of game of thrones prequel. Many of their co-stars are relatively young new actors, like Fabien Frankel, who plays Ser Criston Cole. Smith, the man who brought the Eleventh Doctor and Prince Targaryen to life, explained to Initiated that he would always have a good laugh at Frankel and the difficulties he encountered with his knight’s costume:

But I will say the cast came together and there was a great sense of camaraderie. We laughed our asses off because you have to – even if it was just to laugh at Fabian trying to sit in the armor. It gave me such joy on a daily basis. Poor Fabian. Bless him. He was in armor the whole time and it’s not easy, but there were some wonderful big characters on that set.

I mean, can you blame any of them? Like Matt Smith, who also wore armor a few times on the show, most would find it kind of funny to see a young man in a cool knight costume struggling to complete simple tasks like sitting down. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for Fabien Frankel to walk around all day in heavy armor, let alone trying to act like a 21st century human waiting for the next blow.

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole in armor in House of the Dragon

(Image credit: Photography by Ollie Upton/HBO)

It makes me happy to know that the cast was able to have fun on set. The scenes in the series cannot be easily filmed due to their emotional heaviness and violence. In the premiere alone, there were several scenes that surely made the viewers disgusted. For example, there was the violent visceral scene at King’s Landing in which Daemon and his king’s guard brutally punish the peasants. In that same episode, viewers saw a very bloody and brutal birth scene, which has become a topic of mass discussion among fans, with some comparing the birth scene to the red wedding of Game of thrones. Matt Smith also mentioned that he questioned the sex scenes in the Obtained spin off and if he really needed all of them.

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You can now visit the common rooms of the Hogwarts Legacy house https://darkholmekeep.net/you-can-now-visit-the-common-rooms-of-the-hogwarts-legacy-house/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 22:14:00 +0000 https://darkholmekeep.net/you-can-now-visit-the-common-rooms-of-the-hogwarts-legacy-house/ The common rooms of Hogwarts Legacy are available to tour in glorious 4K, thanks to a collection of videos provided by developer Avalanche Software. As an open world Harry Potter– Themed RPG, Hogwarts Legacy lets aspiring wizards and witches take part in several activities made famous by the Wizarding World franchise, such as selecting their […]]]>

The common rooms of Hogwarts Legacy are available to tour in glorious 4K, thanks to a collection of videos provided by developer Avalanche Software. As an open world Harry Potter– Themed RPG, Hogwarts Legacy lets aspiring wizards and witches take part in several activities made famous by the Wizarding World franchise, such as selecting their house, brewing potions, and traveling to Hogsmeade. However, with the familiar fantasy, Hogwarts Legacy will also include dark arts for those drawn to Harry Potter‘s darker shades.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Having first leaked in 2018, Hogwarts Legacy had become one of the most anticipated Harry Pottergames based on years before its official announcement in 2020. Two years passed before Avalanche Software finally gave fans an in-depth look at gameplay in store for Hogwarts Legacy during Sony’s March 2022 State of Play. For Potter fans, it sounded like everything they could ever want in a Harry Potter video game, from exciting spell combat to broom flying to magical studies. Unfortunately, the promise of these many illustrious features would take time to materialize, delaying the avalanche Hogwarts Legacy several times. Although information has been sparse since the gameplay reveal, Avalanche has tried to satiate fans with several graphical demonstrations, such as the Hogwarts Legacy ASMR sounds of summer.


Related: Hogwarts Legacy Delayed, Gets New 2023 Release Date

Recently, the official Hogwarts Legacy Twitter has released another collection of videos demonstrating visuals for the upcoming game. This collection of YouTube videos is themed around common rooms in the home. Each video is approximately one minute long and features details of each Hogwarts house. While the grand royalty of Gryffindor and the dreary extravagance of Slytherin are sights to behold, fans might be more eager for Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff bedrooms, as these are featured far less prominently in the films. Ravenclaw’s wood and stone setting depicts grand curated opulence in its medieval simplicity. A perfect setting for the studious Ravenclaw, who can enjoy the splendor without being distracted from his intellectual pursuits. Hufflepuff, meanwhile, is overrun with nature, as assorted plants grow naturally in his rooms, bringing a modest charm that the laid-back Hufflepuff would gravitate towards. Avalanche previously teased that Hogwarts Legacy Common rooms in the house would be different, and now fans can see what the developer meant.


All Hogwarts Legacy Wizarding Houses Full Screen

The authentic nature of the Hogwarts common rooms is another example of Avalanche Software’s efforts to Hogwarts Legacy. It’s not often that licensed franchises receive the reverence needed to translate their experience into a video game, a trend that has sadly been a part of gaming since Atari’s early days. Although for all the dedication to the visuals and magical activities of Hogwarts Legacy, there’s a twinge of pangs about whether the game can handle the weight of its reach. It’s common for overly ambitious titles to fail on launch day due to performance pressure, with all the beautiful visuals in the world unable to mask the janky rendering and movement. Earlier versions of Hogwarts Legacy demonstrated this with steep broomstick flying gameplay. Let’s hope that the numerous delays of Hogwarts Legacy will help Avalanche dispel those fears.


With all the images on display, it’s easy to see why Harry Potter fans rave about Hogwarts Legacy. Although development has been difficult with all the delays, Avalanche Software seems to be weathering the storm. It’s only a question whether the game will run well under the high fidelity graphics and deep game features Hogwarts Legacy hope to provide.

Source: Hogwarts Legacy/Twitter

Editor’s note: Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Although not directly involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, Rowling may earn royalties from the game. We would like to reiterate our support for trans rights and that trans identities are valid. Support services are listed below for trans people impacted by discussions of transphobia.

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