zeborah: It's not that hard. A dalmatian could do it. (Criminal Minds)
O hai thar Internets, I need vital informations! Imagine a pictorial stained glass window for a church, about 1x2 metres. How long would it, in Denmark in the 16th century, have taken to do each of:
a) source coloured glass (or might one have it lying around)?
b) cut said glass into appropriately shaped bitties?
c) join the bitties together and have a glorious window?

I'm grasping at straws in my chronology and if I get inconvenient answers I'll have to rewrite this scene again from scratch.

I mean, I already have to write it again from scratch, because the conversations started in the wrong order, but I'll have to write it again from scratch without a stained glass window, and that stained glass window was going to merge a couple of plot strands, a couple of theme strands, and a whole heap of OMG PRETTY.

Just so you know why I'm going to be bald in a day or two when my artist friend comes back from her glass class with informations for me.

Update #1: Thanks all, I'm growing increasingly resigned to Plan A being the stuff of deals with the devil and, on the upside, increasingly optimistic about my new shiny Plan C potentially working. (Plan B was unsatisfactory.)

Update #2: (written at the same time as update #1) Semi-related revelations force me to admit that I now need to rewrite part of the penultimate scene. "One step forward, two steps back" strikes again!
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Hey everybody, I feel that I've discovered the best euphemism ever:

Happel clearly presupposes the reader's awareness of possible sexual application of phallic vegetables; otherwise, he would have to be more specific in his narration than the tactful expression "abuse the intact cucumber" suggests.

Falkner, Silke R. (2004). "Having It off" with Fish, Camels, and Lads: Sodomitic Pleasures in German-Language Turcica Journal of the History of Sexuality 13(4) pp. 401-427.
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This is Dorothea of Brandenburg: twice queen of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden; regent in her husbands' absence; commander of all the castles in the three kingdoms; holder of so many fiefs it caused political problems, including the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein after her husband couldn't repay her loans -- in short, the most powerful and presumably vocal woman of 15th century Scandinavia.



W. T. F?
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Yesterday the library I work in had a ceremony to welcome back and bless a carving of Ruaumoko, the Māori god of earthquakes and volcanoes. He was stolen last year while visiting an earthquake conference overseas; though in monetary terms the carving isn't worth much, we felt the loss a great deal. He was never recovered but a replica was commissioned, and yesterday -- the bits of the blessing I understood asked his spirit to come back and to remain. And it is *so good* to see him back in the library.

Sweden has a town called Båstad. Unfortuantely even if I could manage to get my king there, in the 16th century it was spelled Botstœdœ or Botsted or something.

Some nice person has replaced the 19th century "fantasy portraits" of Sten Sture Jr. and Kristina Gyllenstierne's Wikipedia entries with actual contemporary images of them from some altar. Of course in the 16th century *every* knight was depicted on altars and gravestones as being perpetually in armour, and a quick skim of my images folder confirms that plump faces for ladies and gentlemen alike were also fashionable. But that plain brown barrett is way better than the gravestone image I have for Mogens Gøye with his visor entirely covering his face.

Via [livejournal.com profile] shweta_narayan, a fun video of Revathy Sankaran singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in a whole bunch of different musical styles from India.
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Norway is really fractal.

So say I'm writing a book set in 1527 and I have a map drawn in the 1580s. (It's a really cool map. It shows the cranes for unloading on the wharf and the sheep grazing on the roofs. It's also written in 16th century German, because I really needed to waste several minutes of my life figuring out that "Thumbkirch" means "Domkirk" (cathedral).) Say moreover that a certain tower underwent important structural changes at some point in history. Is this point most likely to have been:

a) before 1527;
b) between 1527 and the 1580s so that the picture on the map bears no resemblance to what I'm writing about; or
c) after the 1580s?

It's almost like important political upheaval happened during the sixteenth century or something. Sheesh!
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The 16th century has the best dirty jokes ever.

A man that was ryght iolous on his wyfe, dreamed on a nyght as he laye a bed with her & slepte, that the dyuell aperd vnto him and sayde: woldest thou nat be gladde, that I shulde put the in suretie of thy wyfe? yes sayde he. Holde sayde the dyuell, as longe as thou hast this rynge vpon thy fynger, no man shall make the kockolde. The man was gladde therof, And whan he awaked, be founde his fynger in his wiues ars.

(A small selection in modernised spelling. Find the full text in a library near you.)

ETA: Also, this guy is so not talking about a bird.

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