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Burning heretics, orthodoxy, hypocrisy, etc.

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It turns out the very first medieval persons of Europe to be burned alive as Heretics were a group of 11th century priests who, after a trial in which they apparently ultimately confessed (I still have to search for details on the trial methods), were herded into a shack that was then set ablaze. The details of their heretical doctrines are scant, and it’s entirely possible the rift was only about political affiliations: who controlled […]

How many deniers are in a livre?

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1 livre = 20 sous = 240 deniers. I’m relieved we switched to a base ten system. That’s a whole lot of math. In the Carolingian period, only the denier was an actual coin, livres and sous were accounting tricks. Here’s something I was fascinated to find this week, in the book “La Vie Quotidienne dans l’Empire Carolingien,” by Pierre Riché, and maybe it’s just because my mind is on tax season. This is a […]

Medieval Irish Shoes

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From clothes, to shoes! I was so happy to run across this old post on Ahcuah, a blog for barefoot enthusiasts: https://ahcuah.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/irish-bare-feet/ Partly I was just happy to discover such a thing as Barefoot Enthusiasts. I now know there are people out there who would appreciate my callouses, and not side-eye me like the pedicure technicians at the nail salon. I’ve felt so alone in this for so long. But mostly I was surprised to […]