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muspeccoll:

Manuscript Monday: 630-year-old notebooks

This week’s manuscripts are the registers of Bernard de la Turade (or Iurade), a medieval notary.  The two notebooks contain documentation of wills, marriage contracts, and sales in several cursive hands.  The first volume has a large vellum tab that would have helped its original owner to identify it on the shelf - think of it as the ancestor to a modern-day file folder tab.  There are even a few fourteenth-century doodles at the end!

More information and images at the Digital Scriptorium, or view the MERLIN catalog record.

Posted by Kelli Hansen on Scripta Manent, the blog of Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Missouri Libraries.

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biomedicalephemera:


Man (Homo sapiens sapiens), Cow (Bos taurus), and Ram (Ovis aries)
The structure of the ruminant animals varies considerably. It’s important for the artist to recognize the vertebral layout and rib structure, even of animals that are covered in thick wool or fur. Wild bovids (such as bison) and aurochs have extended thoracic vertebrae that form a “hump” over their shoulders.
A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame. B. Waterhouse Hawkins, 1860.

biomedicalephemera:

Man (Homo sapiens sapiens), Cow (Bos taurus), and Ram (Ovis aries)

The structure of the ruminant animals varies considerably. It’s important for the artist to recognize the vertebral layout and rib structure, even of animals that are covered in thick wool or fur. Wild bovids (such as bison) and aurochs have extended thoracic vertebrae that form a “hump” over their shoulders.

A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame. B. Waterhouse Hawkins, 1860.

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mediumaevum:

The first mention of Basque whaling was made in 1059, when it was said to have been practiced at the Basque town of Bayonne. The fishery spread to what is now the Spanish Basque Country in 1150, when King Sancho the Wise of Navarre granted petitions for the warehousing of such commodities as whalebone (baleen). At first, they only hunted the whale they called sarda, or the North Atlantic Right Whale, using watchtowers (known as vigias) to look for their distinctive twin vapour spouts. By the 14th century they were making “seasonal trips” to the English Channel and southern Ireland. 
image: Right whale by Michelle

mediumaevum:

The first mention of Basque whaling was made in 1059, when it was said to have been practiced at the Basque town of Bayonne. The fishery spread to what is now the Spanish Basque Country in 1150, when King Sancho the Wise of Navarre granted petitions for the warehousing of such commodities as whalebone (baleen). At first, they only hunted the whale they called sarda, or the North Atlantic Right Whale, using watchtowers (known as vigias) to look for their distinctive twin vapour spouts. By the 14th century they were making “seasonal trips” to the English Channel and southern Ireland. 

image: Right whale by Michelle

Babylon 5 is a lot better than Star Trek…

Thought for the Day 11/4/14: Iron Sharpens Iron

longswordsinlondon:

"Iron Sharpens Iron" was a phrase I saw for the first time on a piece of A4 taped to the bare breezeblock wall of a MMA gym. The same gym had one along the lines of "You can’t know a sword’s strength until you put it in the furnace", so I guess someone there had a love of metallurgical imagery but little knowledge.

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__“For it must be remembered, there are charlatans in fencing as in most other arts, and it requires some penetration in a pupil to discover, whether he is or not under such a teacher.

I mention this because I know there are several pretended fencing masters who possess no more knowledge of the art than what they have collected from the mere reading a fencing book, or by seeing others fence; and even if the book be written in the most scientific manner possible, if a person pretends to teach precisely according to its directions, the pupils of such a master would be throwing their money away for nothing, as they could acquire full as much knowledge by practising themselves together what they had learnt in the work, and perhaps much more; for they are on such occasions, more likely to reflect, to use their own judgement, and to argue together upon the various movements etc. than by being under the in influence and authority of such a mechanical teacher.”__

J Roland, xiii-xiv, The Amateur of Fencing; Or, A Treatise on the Art of Sword Defence: Theoretically and Experimentally Explained Upon New Principles; Designed Chiefly for Persons who Have Only Acquired a Superficial Knowledge of the Subject, London: Wilson, 1809

Image from_ Fürstlich Jülicher Hochzeit am Düsseldorf_. 1585, by Franz Hogenberg.

__“For it must be remembered, there are charlatans in fencing as in most other arts, and it requires some penetration in a pupil to discover, whether he is or not under such a teacher.

I mention this because I know there are several pretended fencing masters who possess no more knowledge of the art than what they have collected from the mere reading a fencing book, or by seeing others fence; and even if the book be written in the most scientific manner possible, if a person pretends to teach precisely according to its directions, the pupils of such a master would be throwing their money away for nothing, as they could acquire full as much knowledge by practising themselves together what they had learnt in the work, and perhaps much more; for they are on such occasions, more likely to reflect, to use their own judgement, and to argue together upon the various movements etc. than by being under the in influence and authority of such a mechanical teacher.”__

J Roland, xiii-xiv, The Amateur of Fencing; Or, A Treatise on the Art of Sword Defence: Theoretically and Experimentally Explained Upon New Principles; Designed Chiefly for Persons who Have Only Acquired a Superficial Knowledge of the Subject, London: Wilson, 1809

Image from_ Fürstlich Jülicher Hochzeit am Düsseldorf_. 1585, by Franz Hogenberg.

rdakotapdx:


dranilj1:

Cannon Fire And Crowds Salutes The Return Of A 262 Year Old Swedish Indiaman To London,

A little more info: 
Indiaman is a three-masted, square-rigged sailing ship of some 1000 tons displacement. …..and it’s pretty cool looking

rdakotapdx:

dranilj1:

Cannon Fire And Crowds Salutes The Return Of A 262 Year Old Swedish Indiaman To London,

A little more info: 

Indiaman is a three-masted, square-rigged sailing ship of some 1000 tons displacement. …..and it’s pretty cool looking

(Source: plus.google.com, via mingo11)

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

thescholarsruminations:

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

fucknofiretruck:

longswordsinlondon:

Waterloo Sparring Group meets on Saturdays 1100-1300 to train in Historical European Martial Arts. https://www.facebook.com/waterloosparring?fref=ts
Photo by the great https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miri-Zaruba-Photography/172411999483364

I now know what I’m going to be doing on my non shooting weekends when I get back to London

Aw shucks. Go follow us on Facebook, where you can get directions etc., and most of all show up and have fun.

Good lookin’ mensur going on up in hyah.

Look these folks up…they are the bomb

Thank you kindly ;) Although it’s dussack, not mensur. We allow hits anywhere, not just above the eyes.

You’re still wearing mensur goggles, you arse. Hence my comment. Unless you’re wearing some other goggles. In which case I don’t care and they are officially rebranded mensur goggles and STFU. 

They’re airsofting goggles, smellyhead <3

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

thescholarsruminations:

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

fucknofiretruck:

longswordsinlondon:

Waterloo Sparring Group meets on Saturdays 1100-1300 to train in Historical European Martial Arts. https://www.facebook.com/waterloosparring?fref=ts

Photo by the great https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miri-Zaruba-Photography/172411999483364

I now know what I’m going to be doing on my non shooting weekends when I get back to London

Aw shucks. Go follow us on Facebook, where you can get directions etc., and most of all show up and have fun.

Good lookin’ mensur going on up in hyah.

Look these folks up…they are the bomb

Thank you kindly ;) Although it’s dussack, not mensur. We allow hits anywhere, not just above the eyes.

You’re still wearing mensur goggles, you arse. Hence my comment. Unless you’re wearing some other goggles. In which case I don’t care and they are officially rebranded mensur goggles and STFU. 

They’re airsofting goggles, smellyhead <3

longswordsinlondon:

thescholarsruminations:

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

fucknofiretruck:

longswordsinlondon:

Waterloo Sparring Group meets on Saturdays 1100-1300 to train in Historical European Martial Arts. https://www.facebook.com/waterloosparring?fref=ts
Photo by the great https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miri-Zaruba-Photography/172411999483364

I now know what I’m going to be doing on my non shooting weekends when I get back to London

Aw shucks. Go follow us on Facebook, where you can get directions etc., and most of all show up and have fun.

Good lookin’ mensur going on up in hyah.

Look these folks up…they are the bomb

Thank you kindly ;) Although it’s dussack, not mensur. We allow hits anywhere, not just above the eyes.

longswordsinlondon:

thescholarsruminations:

strongoftheblade:

longswordsinlondon:

fucknofiretruck:

longswordsinlondon:

Waterloo Sparring Group meets on Saturdays 1100-1300 to train in Historical European Martial Arts. https://www.facebook.com/waterloosparring?fref=ts

Photo by the great https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miri-Zaruba-Photography/172411999483364

I now know what I’m going to be doing on my non shooting weekends when I get back to London

Aw shucks. Go follow us on Facebook, where you can get directions etc., and most of all show up and have fun.

Good lookin’ mensur going on up in hyah.

Look these folks up…they are the bomb

Thank you kindly ;) Although it’s dussack, not mensur. We allow hits anywhere, not just above the eyes.