Classic-Castle.com


The source for all your LEGO Castle needs!

medieval life as the medievals saw it...

Discussion of topics concerning life in the middle ages around the world, including architecture, history, and warfare.

medieval life as the medievals saw it...

Postby jdarlack » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:31 pm

I just came across images of an illuminated manuscript found in the Bodleian Library (MS. Bodl. 264). There are high quality pictures hosted online here: http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=bodleian&manuscript=msbodl264

Here's a description from the site:
(fols. 3r-208r) The Romance of Alexander in French verse, with miniatures illustrating legends of Alexander the Great and with marginal scenes of everyday life, by the Flemish illuminator Jehan de Grise and his workshop, 1338-44; with two sections added in England c. 1400, (fols. 209r-215v, with fol. 1r) Alexander and Dindimus (Alexander Fragment B) in Middle English verse, with coarser miniatures, and (fols. 218r- 71v, with fol. 2v) Marco Polo, Li Livres du Graunt Caam, in French prose, with miniatures by Johannes and his school.
I've looked at a few of the folios, and they are loaded with little vignettes that could serve as inspiration for building. It's worth taking a look at what medieval life looked like, as illustrated by a medieval illuminator.
Jim Darlack
Brickshelf
Flickr
User avatar
jdarlack
Freeman
 
Posts: 77
Joined: Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:51 am
Location: Gloucester, MA

Re: medieval life as the medievals saw it...

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:22 pm

Wow. These are incredible -- thanks for posting the link. I've only glanced at a couple of pages yet. The black knight with the gold lion on page 21 would make a really neat minifig.
Frank_Lloyd_Knight
Journeyman
 
Posts: 430
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:53 am
Location: Corpus Christi


Re: medieval life as the medievals saw it...

Postby H3LLB0Y3 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:09 am

Wow! I love looking at old stuff :D Thanx for posting this stuff guys!
You wonder why I'm not afraid?
There is no weapon
There is no blade
You'll never kill Him that lives inside of me.
User avatar
H3LLB0Y3
Freeman
 
Posts: 99
Joined: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:04 pm


Return to Medieval Life

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests