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A Perfect Duluth Day
“Hunters in the Snow.” Oil. Pieter Brueghel the Elder, (1525-1569).
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You know you want to ...
Be honest. If you are reading this as opposed to doing what you should be doing, then the answer is yes, you do want to be Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor at The College of St. Scholastica. Contact Dr.William Hodapp for more information.
This guide consists of relevant materials in both print and electronic format available in or through the CSS Library. Use it as a starting point for your research.
This guide was compiled by Todd White, Reference Librarian at The College of St. Scholastica. Mr. White also teaches, along with Dr. William Hodapp & Ms. Meridith Schifsky, The Book in the 15th Century, an Honors class that offers students a hands-on experience in learning about, and creating, books as they were 500 years ago.
If you have questions, please use my contact information in the right-hand column.
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Back in the day ...
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by
Call Number: MOR
The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? And more important, where will you stay? "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. All facets of everyday life in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture. Through the use of daily chronicles, letters, household accounts, and poems of the day, Morti-mer transports you back in time, providing answers to questions typically ignored by traditional historians. You will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste your blood, and how to know whether you are coming down with leprosy. From the first step on the road to the medieval city of Exeter, through meals of roast beaver and puffin, Mortimer re-creates this strange and complex period of history. Here, the lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat are illuminated with re-markable detail in this engaging literary journey. The result is the most astonishing social history book you're ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance, and fear.
Back in the day ... II
The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by
Call Number: MOR
The author of "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" takes readers through the world and daily life of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and others. Organized as a travel guide for time-hopping tourists, Mortimer's work will interest Elizabethan enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Portrait of a Librarian as a young man