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Suger’s Sherbert Holder October 13, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Suger's Sherbert Holder

In previous posts Beachcombing has celebrated objects that have long and interesting histories: take, for example, the Baltic buddhas, Cellini’s canon or the Dauphin’s heart. It was with some excitement then that he just recently stumbled upon a vase that made, in the Middle Ages, its way from Moorish Spain through the hands of several […]

Eleanor’s Lovers September 26, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Eleanor's Lovers

Eleanor of Aquitaine (obit 1204) was a powerful and self confident woman living in an age when women were supposed to be anything but. Her home in the south of what is today France gave greater property rights to daughters and wives, property rights that Eleanor knew how to manipulate. She had some wild male […]