So, is the world in “The Heroic Legend of Arslan” based on a quasi-representations of the Near-, Middle-East, Northeast Africa and Europe between the 10-15th centuries/early ages?
Like, Pars has all sorts of shades of Persia going on with the tapestry (those eyecatches tho), naming, the kingdom/crowns and clothing/armor. The citizens are very much “Arabian”-inspired. The Lustanians–especially with names like Bédouin, Montserrat, Giscard (like Valéry Giscard d'Estang?), Étoile (haha)–are giving me shades of the Francks/Normans?, Anglo-Saxons (and that other group that becomes Germany? HRE?) and such. Not to mention their die-hard belief in their “great religion”.
Also last week’s episode, featured a travelling troupe of Africans. (a nod to the Nubians?)
Or am I reading too much into this? I’ve not read the source material in neither the novel nor the manga, so…
Anyways, this is an excellent series and I’m really enjoying it I just noticed all these things and wondered if it was just me…!
In the early 15th century, Henry V became the first king since Anglo-Saxon times to use English in his written instructions.
Henry V issued several letters during his second campaign in France. They all break with tradition (of using French) by using English. This one, addressed to his regent, discusses the situation in the north of England and gives instructions on the Duc de Orleans imprisoned at Pontefract Castle.
Could you give a quick monarch review list to help review all the monarchies? (Dear Lord why are there so many??)
The main monarchical lines to know are:
- The Hohenzollerns
-The Bourbons (French and Spanish)
Remember, you don’t need to know every member of each of these royal houses - you just need to know the main players (like Henry and Elizabeth for the Tudors, Jameses and Charleses for the Stuarts, Edwards and Williams for the Plantaganets, WIlhelms, Frederick Wilhelms for the Hohenzollers), the time period(s) in which they operated, and the countries they ruled. This is much simpler than it sounds - for instance, you probably already know that the Tudors ruled around the 15th/16th/early 17th centuries in England and their key players were Henry VII, Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
Research by National Gallery of Art conservators allows for an inside look at the bust of Lorenzo the Magnificent. The bust was modeled in clay, fired, and then painted in the late 15th or early 16th century.
Since the early 15th century, people have been enjoying a good game of golf. The sport continues to evolve as time passes, but it will always be relaxing and enjoyable. The piece that follows offers several great ideas that will refine your golf game in short order.
Consult a professional if…
Pentecost - Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost - Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry, 1405–1409
The Belles Heures of Jean de France is an example of French Gothic manuscript illumination. It is a Book of Hours: a collection of prayers to be said at the canonical hours. It was created in the early 15th century by the Limbourg Brothers for the extravagant royal bibliophile and patron John, Duke of Berry.
Golf has been around for quite some time, as early as the 15th century. Golf has gone through a number of changes, but it’s always been a relaxing and engaging game. Keep reading for some interesting insight into how to better your golf game.
Wiggling your toes can tell you much about your…
Siena is an ancient city, dating back to the 11th century. Its height lasted until the early 15th century, when the Republic ended. Most of Siena remains old, apparent in the old stone of the buildings, their height, the narrowness of the streets, their steep inclines and declines, and the original cobblestone. Among its many valuables, Siena holds the oldest and longest-running bank in the world, a grand, white-stone building that must have been very imposing in its day: the Monte dei Paschi.
It is not difficult to imagine Medieval workaday life happening in Siena’s streets. One can imagine horse-drawn wagons, men hauling carts, and scullery maids in sullied aprons hurrying along many of the narrow streets, which wind up and down like regular hills. It is not called a “hilltown” for nothing.
The Piazza del Campo, situated at the crossroads in the middle of the city, was perhaps the most awe-inspiring part of the city for me. It was the center of trade and commerce for hundreds of years. It is not in the shape of a circle, interestingly, but rather in the shape of a shell. In Medieval days (and still today) the different districts of Siena competed against each other in horse races on this piazza.
The Piazzo del Campo
Located on the edge of the Piazza del Campo is the Palazzo Publico (seen above with the clock on its bell tower), headquarters of the Sienese government. This is where Lorenzetti’s Frescoes of Good and Bad Government are located. It was interesting to see all the details that he included (the burning town in the countryside, for instance, the weariness in the eyes of the suffering, or the teeth on the hellish ruler in bad government). It was also interesting to note the parts of the painting that were damaged, like the rape of a woman. There was much more damage to the bad government portion than the good government.
Besides the historic center of the city, including the Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Publico, two key structures are the Basilica of San Domenico and the Duomo of Siena. Supposedly the head of Saint Catharine is preserved in San Domenico, but I did not actually see this during my visit. Pity! She wanted peace among the Italian city-states and believed that by restoring the papacy to Rome from France she could help accomplish this. She made this journey on foot.
The Duomo was astounding. This church was built during the Middle Ages over the ancient crypt below, which was in use as far back as the 12th century. The Renaissance saw a vast amount of sculpture and artistry added to the cathedral, particularly by Michelangelo, who was commissioned to fashion a starry sky on the ceiling similar to that of the Sistine Chapel. My favorite section of the cathedral was by far was the “library room,” where ancient texts of monks are on display beneath an unbelievable ceiling (see picture below). The deftness and constancy of both the script and the illustrations on the pages is beautiful.
Cette semaine, découvrez les œuvres du Louvre à travers la couleur bleu !
Débutons avec le “bassin aux armes de Florence”, l'un des plus impressionnants témoins de la production en céramique de la cité de Florence dans premier tiers du XVe siècle.
This week, focus on the blue color !
Let’s start with the “bowl bearing the coat of arms of Florence”, one of the most impressive relics of the earthenware trade in early 15th-century Florence.
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