Civilizations as early as the
Chaldean in southwestern Asia were
among the first to have a belief in plants that never existed, and the
practice continued well beyond the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
this was done to disperse the mystery surrounding certain
events and to symbolically embody in a physical form various aspects -
wealth, happiness, fertility, illness, etc. Later, people began to
"nonsense plants" to enliven the tale of an otherwise boring voyage,
with the invention of the printed book, to entertain readers who loved
to believe in such fables. Even spices, which were an important element
of Medieval food, commerce, trade, & society, were given exotic
incredible backgrounds. The fabulous trees and fauna discussed here are
just a small example of the many fantastic plants our medieval
believed in. As will be evident, trees, because of their longevity and
immensity, have been foremost among the plants considered sacred,
Mythical Plants of the Middle
Ages is based on the writings
of Ernst & Johanna Lehner and William A. Emboden.
- A collection of
recipes adapted for the modern kitchen, with period receipts,
& redactions. Included are graphics, photographs, descriptions of
information on period cookery, & articles.
of the Middle Ages - The fantastic and incredible
of the Middle Ages, both real & imagined. Excerpts from a Medieval
manuscript are generously accompanied by authentic illustrations of
& exotic fish, sea monsters, and beasts.
- Supernatural and fantastic imagery from the Middle
- devils, demons, monsters, witches, and death. Four galleries with 120
pictures, along with the Hans Holbein Alphabet of Death.
Clipart Collection - A collection of clipart
from Medieval woodcuts and compiled in 8 sections: Animals, Creatures,
& Beasts; Biblical Scenes & Figures; Birds; Decorative Borders;
Decorative Initials; Miscellaneous Images; People & Human Figures;
and Plants & Flora.
Passing To and Fro - Although Chaucer's Canterbury
pilgrims are fictional characters, the pilgrimage to the Shrine of
á Becket was an actual experience for many Medieval folk. This
looks at the lives of Chaucer's pilgrims had they been truly alive and
their journey real.
Middle Ages - True stories, fables, & anecdotes
the Middle Ages, with illustrations. Includes information on Daily
Food & Drink, Clergy, Religious Art, Myths, and more.