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An updated map of the great fiefdoms of The …

An updated map of the great fiefdoms of The Kingdom of Aquitaine with the names and escutcheons of their ruling houses attached to them. Now updated to include The Former County of

Lübeck renamed as The County of Flandres and The Former Duchy of Mousillon redubbed as The County of Mousillon. Map for a creative project of my design that takes place in a low fantasy setting with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods, where all my friends and I fulfill the roles of monarchs and lords each with great military, political, and financial assets at our disposal. While many of the kingdoms and empires in the low fantasy setting of my creative project do not have exact equivalents in medieval or early modern European History, The Kingdom of Aquitaine is my creative project’s rough equivalent to The Kingdom of France during the medieval and ancien regime periods of French and European History.

The latest escutcheon I designed for Teddy Ver…

The latest escutcheon I designed for Teddy Verstraet, a friend in France. Now updated to include the latest name of his estate in the setting of my creative project. Escutcheon for a creative project of my design that takes place in a low fantasy setting with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily armoured and mounted knights fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, and my friends and family fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic houses each with armies, lands, and fortunes at their disposal. In context to the lore of my creative project, House Von Verstraet is the ruling family of The County Flandres and one of the great vassals of House Maher of Aquitaine. While many of the kingdoms and empires in the world of my creative project have no exact equivalents in medieval and early modern European History, House Maher and The Kingdom of Aquitaine are my creative project’s rough equivalent of The Kingdom of France during the medieval and ancien regime periods of French and European History.

Jean Dorsenne, Duke of Auvergne. Nicknamed &…

Jean Dorsenne, Duke of Auvergne. Nicknamed “The Angel of Death” by his contemporaries, Jean Dorsenne is both the head of House Dorsenne and The Current Duke of Auvergne. One of the great vassals of House Maher of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, Jean Dorsenne is one of the finest generals amongst the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine. His excellence with military strategy and his charisma as a military leader won him a more or less friendly rivalry with Theo Percheron, The Duke of Caenesse and The Current Head of House Percheron. Amongst the great families of Aquitainian Nobility, it is the tradition of House Dorsenne of Auvergne to produce the finest infantrymen outside the Royal Army of Aquitaine itself. It is said that both the musketeers and pikemen of House Dorsenne of Auvergne are one of the few infantrymen in The Kingdom of Aquitaine who can surpass the quality and discipline of the infantry of The Royal Army of House Maher of Aquitaine themselves. Apart from his military genius, his charisma on the battlefield, and the military tradition of his duchy and he. Jean Dorsenne is a swordsman almost without peer. It is said that his excellence with the sword is on par with both Mathieu Cachart, Duke of Luxueil and Nicolas Leforestier, Duke of Logresse. Reputed to be the finest swordsmen amongst the current great lords in The Kingdom of Aquitaine. This illustration was made as a gift for Jean Dorsenne, a friend in France.

The escutcheon I designed for my friend Carter…

The escutcheon I designed for my friend Carter Beggs. Now updated to include the latest name of his landed estate in the low fantasy setting of my creative project. Escutcheon fashioned for a creative project of my design that takes place in a low fantasy setting with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily armoured and mounted knights fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, and my friends and I fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic households each with great military, political, and financial assets at our disposal. In context to the lore of my creative project, House Beggs is the ruling family of The Kingdom of Drachenheim (Low German for “Dragon’s Home”), one of the Electorate Princes of The Empire of Mankind, and one of the great vassals of House Steel of The Empire of Mankind. While Having no rough equivalent in either medieval or early modern European history. My fantasy project’s Empire of Mankind is loosely inspired by a fusion of The Holy Roman Empire from medieval and early modern European history as well as The Eastern Roman, or Byzantine Empire, from medieval history, while also drawing influences from Warhammer Fantasy’s “Empire of Mankind.” The Empire’s northern, more dominant hemisphere, where The Kingdom of Drachenheim is situated, bears a resemblance to medieval and renaissance German and Czech culture from European history, while it’s southern culture is largely inspired by Mediterranean, southern European cultures like Italy, Spain, and Greece.

discardingimages: Hildegard’s vision

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Hildegard’s vision

Hildegard von Bingen, Liber Divinorum Operum, Rupertsberg c. 1210-1230

Lucca, Biblioteca Statale, Ms. 1942, fol. 9r

discardingimages: Pegasus constellation Sufi L…

discardingimages:

Pegasus constellation

Sufi Latinus (Latin translation of ‘Kitāb al-kawākib al-thābita’ of ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Ṣūfī), Bologna 1250-1275

BnF, Arsenal 1036, fol. 16r

Regular

celestial-cartography:

Pisces constellation, from Leiden Aratea (ca. 816)

Leiden Aratea is an illuminated copy of latin version of Phaenomena by Greek didactic poet Aratus, translated and commented by Germanicus. The codex was created in France and dates to around 816. It contains 39 beautiful miniatures of constellations based on examples from classical antiquity, although the stars are not placed correctly in respect to their actual positions in the sky. Leiden Aratea served as a source for Hugo Grotius’ edition of Phaenomena, Syntagma Arateorum, which further inspired the illustrations in Johann Bayer’s Uranometria.

discardingimages: snail ambush Ormesby Psalter…

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snail ambush

Ormesby Psalter, England c. 1300

Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 366, fol. 109r

e-codices: Portrayal of the Crucifixion of Chr…

e-codices:

Portrayal of the Crucifixion of Christ in an 11th century manuscript on Flickr.

The scenes portraying Christ on the cross, often referred to also as the Crucifixion of Christ , derive their visual details mainly from the four Gospels. However, these accounts vary considerably in detail and therefore it is not unnatural that different aspects and variations of the scene could be represented.

The standard iconographic composition almost always presents crucified Christ positioned in the middle of the scene where he is shown stripped of his cloths. The figures of Virgin Mary and St. John the Apostle are frequently the only figures included in the composition. Other expended versions of the theme, however, include several other pairs of figures of both historical and symbolic relevance that traditionally appear to the right and the left of the cross. In some variations, the scene presents Christ`s cross erected between those of two thieves who were crucified at the same time with him. In other variations, the scene might include soldiers who cast lots for Christ`s cloths, or the figure of centurion, the Roman army officer, who pierced Christ`s side with a spear and afterward declared him to be the Son of God. Often, on the upper part of the composition, there are small personifications of the Sun and Moon which were eclipsed at the Crucifixion. In some cases, the scene depicts an affixed sign on the cross with the Latin acronym “INRI” ( Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum ), which in English reads as “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews”.

Link to the “Crucifixion of Christ” set.

Link to the “Scenes from the life of Chris” collection.

Manuscript title: Book of Hours

Origin: Flanders, probably Brügge (Belguim)

Period: 15th century

Image source: Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A28, p. 95r – Book of Hours ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/bpun/A0028/95r )

centuriespast:MINIATURIST, FrankishFrankish Ps…

centuriespast:

MINIATURIST, Frankish
Frankish Psalter
1279
Manuscript
Cathedral Library, Esztergom