How do I gain an interest in studying medieval European history?

How do I gain an interest in studying medieval European history?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read a book. Finding out all this stuff you didn’t know will activate your curiosity and you soon appreciate the subject matter on its own terms

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Read the chronicles who were eyewitnesses to the events that you are interested and then read the textbooks (Cambridge, Boydell, Oxford...etc) Visit the areas and places that you are interested in.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    dante's commedia got me interested in that kinda stuff

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    via fashion

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Take off the grey filter and read Canterbury Tales.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got interested in it by reading The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum and Baudolino by Umberto Eco

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Try to read about the fringes of medieval society. It will help break the image modern people have of medieval Europe as one homogeneous culture that was the same across all regions and centuries of the period.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why don't you study something that interests you instead?

  8. 1 month ago
    Schmiggles

    Dont; get interested in ancient european(or other region) history instead. I do that personally by recreating artifacts of that time period. Picrel is a side project ive been working on. (Technically some islamic/persian history as well as a lot of the technical details were recorded by abi bakr). History is not an easy thing to get into but I think its really AWESOME.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what is it, an astronomical clock?

      • 1 month ago
        Schmiggles

        Its a byzantine sundial calender. There are other reconstructions out there but I want mine to be the first free one. I LOVE DEMOCRATIZING HISTORY

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          interesting, how does it work? its mechanical so it doesnt look like it'd function the same way a normal sundial would

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            So the sundial itself is pretty conventional and tells you the time with different preset locations you can set it to. Its the simple mechanism that rests on top of the more elaborate calendar mechanism. Luckily there is a complete persian facsimile of the mechanism which was abi bakr's mechanical astrolabe so we know how it works. The top gear has 7 clicks and it represents each day of the week with a head of a god. As you move the dial the gears attatched will give you the day within the year and the phases of the moon. You can actually predict eclipses with the machine provided you calibrate it correctly and then adjust it to the gregorian calendar since thise uses a different one.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It is very much a simplified antikythera mechanism made by the byzantines. Unfortunately no completed one was ever recovered but there were multiple incomplete examples to work with. The persians during their golden age produced their own but slightly different and they went with the rete and rule method for their sundial. The gear rations were retained.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            https://i.imgur.com/8jlJEj6.jpeg

            It is very much a simplified antikythera mechanism made by the byzantines. Unfortunately no completed one was ever recovered but there were multiple incomplete examples to work with. The persians during their golden age produced their own but slightly different and they went with the rete and rule method for their sundial. The gear rations were retained.

            thats really neat, i've been wanting to make an astronomical clock of my own out of wood and some brass parts because they've always interested me, and i know how to gild with gold leaf and paint with egg tempura, so i'm wanting to create a decorated one like the ones from the medieval period
            would the mechanism for your clock work on a mechanical clock?
            also, if you drew it all up in a modeling program, i'd really like to 3d print it to get a better understanding of how it works

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I will be publishing the STL files once im finished and I will be getting more work done on it today. Unfortunately there will have to be a wait as I must print these parts out and assemble them first to make sure all of the parts actually interface properly. I design all of my artifacts with DIY in mind and you can put all of my artifacts together with glue and paperclips (to serve as a shaft ~2-3mm). This mechanism actually would be compatible with a clock. All youd have to do is connect a rod to the input dial which is the ine nested in the 7 headed circle. Make that rod turn like around 51ish degrees a day and it should line the calendar up with the clock. Just search for the artifact on thingiverse and youll probably see it within this month as I intend on finishing it soon as I have other projects in my backlog I want to get to.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    After charlemagne Europe descends into literal interpersonal conflicts dominating the continent. Every war was almost just a ritual off butthurt nobles squaring off with each other with their bands of a few thousand.

    Though the hundred years war is just interesting, solely in laughing at english nationalists who claim it.

    A huge step back from the iron age where entire civilizations would throw their peoples and resources at each other with tens to hundreds of thousands warring for hegemony.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it just gets more downhill by the early modern period

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what a cringeworthily american post

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    a proper study of the life of nobility will offer you a different perspective
    most medieval history is taught through the perspective of the peasant class in england
    study their armor, their castles, their titles, how they came to power, how they rule their land, and most importantly, how they interact with the people living on it
    you also cannot have medieval history without church history

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read chronicles.

  12. 1 month ago
    Radiochan

    Get an autistic interest in languages and the various states of the Holy Roman Empire. That's what did it for me.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read about Reconquista

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why would you force yourself to be interested in something? You either are or you aren't

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      he probably just worded it weirdly
      given how he's been asking for information in the thread i think he's just looking for stuff thats interesting, not a reason to be interested

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        no wait he hasnt asked for anything yet, i was thinking of a different similar thread

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      no wait he hasnt asked for anything yet, i was thinking of a different similar thread

      I'm thinking of making a fantasy world and kingdoms based off of historical Europe seem to be a staple of that

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    learn about certain leaders such as william the conqueror, this was so kino when saxons got cucked, also it gives you a glimpse into the origin of the modern english language

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Immersion in fiction may help. Various books or games if you simply lack inspiration, that will allow you to start asking the questions that interest you.

    I don't consider myself a medievalist but I feel in love with the Arthurian Romances very much by chance, and think of them in the same regard as the Iliad, Ovid, Norse sagas, etc. I didn't care much about the era but then became interested in why technology changed so much, all sorts of questions about metallurgy and construction came after, and music even more so as this was more the true genesis of music history, as the church began to codify sacred music. Now I am a genuine wellspring of mostly useless and partially understood medieval history. You too can be like me just give it time lad.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't know, can't relate. I've been fascinated since I was old enough to read. The first book I ever read was a children's book about the crusades.

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