The Bust of Charlemagne is a reliquary in the form of the bust of Charlemagne made around 1350, which contains the king’s skullcap. The reliquary is part of the Late Medieval treasure kept in the Aachen Cathedral Treasury. It is one of the most significant examples of Gothic goldwork and the best-known example of a reliquary bust anywhere. The reliquary is an idealised image, not an actual portrait of Charlemagne.

(Click on the image. It’s breathtaking.)


Spectacledchic’s Shoes Collection Season II (part 1): Platforms & Boots

It’s time to do season 2 of my female shoes collection!!!

1) CVG ‘Neptunes Daughter’ Suede Platform Sandals by Artsims

2) Novara Sandals by Madlen

3) Serafino Sandals by Madlen

4) Sandals by Tractus Opticus

5) Harajuku Platform Sneakers by Primulasim

6) Light-up Buffalo Shoes by Artsims

7) Buffalo x Solestruck 1350-A2 by Semller

8) Transparent Boots by Sims Studio (socks not included, display only)

9) Coco Ankle Boots by Momo *

10) Aprilia Boots by Madlen

11) Monso Boots with Socks by Tractus Opticus

12) Alexander Wang Frankie Creepers by Semller

13) UNIF Choke Boots by Semller

14) Mannix Stompers by Sweetabigailia *

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A look at historical multiracial families through the House of Medici
The Medici, rulers of Renaissance Florence, are not the most obvious example of a multiracial family. They’ve always been part of the historical canon of “western civilization,” the world of dead white men. Perhaps we should think again.

It’s easy to get the impression that mixed-race families are a new phenomenon. Historical and archaeological research, however, shows that mixed-race families have been around very much longer.

For example, there was a significant presence of first-generation migrants from North Africa in Roman Britain. Medieval records explored by the England’s Immigrants 1350-1550 project are largely “colour-blind,”  but there is other evidence for both black Africans and North African “Moors” in medieval England. It would be surprising indeed if none of these people had had children. Elsewhere in Europe, African migration—both voluntary and forced—was significant too. The retinue of Emperor Frederick II, thirteenth-century ruler of Germany and Sicily, included black Africans. Ethiopian Christians travelled to Europe: some became monks at Santo Stefano in Rome. From the fourteenth century, St Maurice was often depicted as black in German art.

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