I'm looking for schools or groups that offer combat training with authentic Western medieval/renaissance weapons and methods in the Philadelphia area (up to 1.5 hours away is fine). He's not interested in katana/Eastern martial arts, stage combat/LARPing, or sport fencing. Unfortunately, anything I've found via Google seems to be out of business. I'd really like to surprise him with some lessons for a Valentine's Day gift. Does anyone have any leads?
posted by ElectricGoat
on Feb 9, 2014 -
[Philosophy/Language/HistoryFilter]: What's the name of this rhetorical or logical technique, where you explain a subject by making a lot of lists? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus
on May 27, 2011 -
Are you a medievalist? I'm looking for books, diaries, art books, websites and other resources about private life and printing in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf
on Apr 28, 2011 -
Please recommend to me more music like this
track by Thomas Tallis, performed by The King's Noyse.
I'm finding it a little tricky to find entire albums by this Consort or that Ensemble that are exclusively instrumental.
What I'm looking for is: 1) Instrumental, without vocals; 2) 16th century-ish; 3) similar, not-too-lively tempo; 4) Available from Amazon mp3 or iTunes. [more inside]
posted by everichon
on Feb 4, 2011 -
Help me find this half-remembered anecdote from what I think was a collection of famous chefs or food writers discussing their ideal meals? [more inside]
posted by grar
on Oct 7, 2010 -
Are there any US colleges or universities known for their strength in Italian Renaissance history? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel
on Mar 1, 2010 -
Can anyone recommend good books about the interaction of Italian City-States during the Renaissance? My brother is writing a 200 page paper over the next three years, and his topic is Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan and how their interactions shaped the Italian Renaissance. He doesn't have any good books to go on, and I'm at a loss to help him (I'm not a history person) Any help would be appreciated.
posted by nickhb
on Jul 3, 2009 -
I'd thought it was a Goya, but the (self?) portrait I'm looking for isn't turning up amongst his collected works. The striking feature of the Renaissance-y painting is the joyous, somewhat impish expression of the subject. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Feb 4, 2009 -
HistoryFilter: Help me think of an interesting and researchable thesis for a Renaissance History course. [more inside]
posted by jckll
on Apr 3, 2007 -
I want Albrecht Dürer's hat.
The hat is the one in this
self-portrait. I would like to make a replica of this hat. It looks fairly simple at a glance, but examining it closely, I can't figure out how it's constructed.
Other paintings or illustrations of this type of hat would be helpful, too.
posted by Stove
on Jan 23, 2007 -
Artsy fartsy filter: While thinking about the Medici family, the renaissance and the idea of commissioned works of art, I was wondering if there have ever been works of literature that have been sponsored or commissioned purely for the sake of art. [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Can anyone identify the artist, title, and location of this artwork
? (It's a cropping of a larger work, and it may be a version of the Last Judgement, that's all I know....)
posted by extrabox
on May 23, 2006 -
I've been reading Barbara Tuchman's The March of Folly
, an account of notable historical episodes where governing bodies persisted in the pursuit of policies contrary to the interests of the governed. Among the most amusing and weird episodes is the history of the papacy in the decades around 1500 -- when popes led troops in battle, presided over orgies, and generally fiddled while Rome was about to be sacked (in 1527).
Anyone know of a really sprightly historical novel on this subject?
posted by bmckenzie
on Jun 7, 2005 -
I'm reading a French text printed in Paris in 1527. The language is clear
enough, no less intuitive than Olde Englysh, but the typography can be a
poser. Can anyone recommend a particularly good reference text (or web site) that lists
the various abbreviations, letter, and number variations, that keep cropping up?
posted by IndigoJones
on May 9, 2005 -
NovelFilter: I just finished Romola,
by Eliot, and didn't love it, but want to learn more about Florence in the era--a very interesting time, to put it mildly--with the Medicis, Savanarola, etc. Any good novels or non-boring
non-fiction on Florence in the late 1400s-early 1500s?
posted by amberglow
on Mar 18, 2005 -