March’s Theme: Age of Discovery

Detail of the map Americae 1562 (the Americas), Diego Gutiérrez, Hieronymus Cock (engraver), Antwerp workshop, showing a badge with a monster-fish and some ships, 1562.

Detail of the map Americae 1562 (the Americas), Diego Gutiérrez, Hieronymus Cock (engraver), Antwerp workshop, showing a badge with a monster-fish and some ships, 1562.

Hello all. I’m writing to announce a new wrinkle for Yesterday Unhinged. The weekend long posts are going to be done in month-long themes. The themes will be based on a certain country, region, era or topic. This will not change the scheduling of posts nor their frequency. I’ve been planning to reblog more and this will give me a topic to focus on. I plan on doing two reblogs per week, one that pertains to the 1014 series and one that pertains to the monthly topic.

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1014: An Introduction

Alfonso V of León. Date and artist unknown. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Alfonso V of León. Date and artist unknown. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Hello, again. I wanted to take a minute to explain my new series in a bit more detail. It’s called 1014, and will take a look at the world of the year 1014. It was born out of the impending over-coverage of World War I, in this year, the centenary of the conflict’s buildup and commencement. I realized I’d never been through an anniversary of anything major. While the hailing and lauding of the Great War is well-deserved, what the hell happened in 1014?

In the series I plan to look at the key events, star players and major empires that shaped the world of 1014. It was an age of Viking conquest and exploration. Wars raged from the Balkans to the British Isles. Empires were rising and falling across the globe. I’ll be posting on the 1000th anniversary of any of the key dates, though exact dates are often hard to come by. Otherwise I’ll be posting two or three times a month on various topics from the period.

There’s a lot to cover and I don’t plan to do it alone. The idea for this series is that it will be a collaboration. I’ve got a few guest contributors with knowledge on some of the key events lined up. I’ll also be looking to re-blog as much as possible. If you’ve got any info or content you’d like to share or would like to write a post, I’d love to hear from you. Whether it be a biography on Alfonso V of León, a study on farming techniques in medieval India or a post on siege warfare of the 11th century, I’m interested.

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Announcements!

A Bologna marriage by or Nicolo da Bologna, 1350's.

A Bologna marriage by or Nicolo da Bologna, 1350’s.

Hi everyone. I want to thank people for their support here on the site. I’m writing this post to make a couple of announcements and give a general state of the blog update. The blog has been around for about two months now, and there was really no rhyme or reason to it.

Firstly, I’d like to announce a post schedule. Since the blogs inception, things have simply gone up when they were finished. Now they will have a schedule. Tuesday will be my light series, Thursday the Fab Five Series and Sunday will be the long, researched post. All times are Australian, so they’ll be a day earlier if you live in the US or in Europe.

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