Author: Art History with Caroline Quintanar

We finally got the latest issue out. This summ…

We finally got the latest issue out. This summer we’re looking at The Crusades. 98 pages of Crusade history from the quirky feathered friends on Crusade to the impact on Byzantium. 

We also look at the Mongol threat, and examine relations between Crusaders and Muslims in the Crusader States over the course of several centuries. On the weird and wacky side, we follow a goose on Crusade, and try to understand what that meant to people caught up in the fervour of the movement. Lastly, we examine a knightly legend more about an inner Crusade of faith, than a physical journey to battle.

There is a lot of great content but this goose is my favorite. LOOK AT HIM.


Get the full issue here: The Medieval Magazine – SUMMER SPECIAL: THE CRUSADES



Grey misty mornings after a summer morning rain shower 🌿🌧🌳

artist-klimt: University of Vienna Ceiling Pai…


University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings (Medicine), detail showing Hygieia, 1907, Gustav Klimt

Medium: oil,canvas

heaveninawildflower: Illustrated front cover o…


Illustrated front cover of McCall’s Magazine (August 1917) by
Dugald Walker.


nternet Archive Python library 1.8.1

thenationalgallery:The Ambassadors Hans Holbei…


The Ambassadors
Hans Holbein the Younger

thenationalgallery:Music Justus of Ghent and w…


Justus of Ghent and workshop

ahencyclopedia: AMASTRIS: AMASTRIS (c. 340/39-…



AMASTRIS (c. 340/39-285 BCE) was a niece of the Persian king Darius III (r. 336-330 BCE) through her father Oxyathres. She was married in succession to Alexander’s general Craterus, the tyrant Dionysius of Heraclea, and finally to Lysimachus of Thrace. She founded an eponymous city in Paphlagonia and was the first queen to issue coins in her own name. 

Amastris was the mother of four children, was supposedly divorced so that Lysimachus could marry Arsinoe II, and was allegedly murdered by her sons for interfering in their affairs. Despite their divorce, Lysimachus still avenged her death by killing her sons. Scholars have mostly ignored Amastris and left the few known details of her life as contradictory as the ancient sources present them. Yet, the little-known queen is arguably the first true Hellenistic queen as she embodies the entanglement of Persian and Greco-Macedonian traditions.

As the daughter of prince Oxyathres, the brother of the last Persian king Darius III Codomannus, Amastris was in effect the last surviving Achaemenid princess. Although her mother is unknown, the only woman associated with her father is an Egyptian concubine called Timosa. After the Battle of Issus (333 BCE), Alexander the Great found Amastris among the other royal and noble women left by Darius at Damascus. During the grand wedding ceremony at Susa almost a decade later (324 BCE), when the Macedonian high commanders were married to Persian and Median women, Alexander gave Amastris to his general Craterus – the only companion besides Hephaestion to wed a Persian princess. Historians maintain that Craterus, famously devoted to Macedonian tradition, repudiated Amastris in order to marry Phila, the daughter of the Macedonian regent Antipater. As Macedonian royalty and nobility practiced polygamy, Craterus did not have to separate from one wife to marry another. Craterus, at any rate, would soon fall in battle (321 BCE).

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didoofcarthage: Venus and the Three Graces Pre…


Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman by Sandro Botticelli

c. 1484

fresco on canvas

The Louvre

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!. k…

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!.


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upennmanuscripts: What “Use” is it? A Book of …


What “Use” is it? A Book of Hours rightfully restituted to the Walloon city of Mons — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis

Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 10/52 Book of Hours, Use of Mons, Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 89, fol.