That chain mail chair is a fairy tale, not medieval Europe
Love your book, and the way y’all think about history. I have enjoyed Ellis Peters’ *Brother Cadfael* series, as well as Derek Jacobi’s interpretation. What do you think of them? Thx!
The point about color reminds me of how William Morris knew perfectly well that medieval tapestries did not originally have faded colors but pushed those colors anyway, leading people to associate them with the Middle Ages, because he preferred them to the bright synthetic dyes that were newly popular in his time.
Oh, I love your article but the link to the "gem encrusted butter knife" isn't working for me...too bad, it really sounds fabulous! Loved The Bright Ages!
"No actual medievals necessary, just vibes" - you made me snort my drink.
I loved The Bright Ages, it made me very happy to see someone put all of that together in a new way, to challenge that narrative, especially as it's been used in some awful ways.
And I'm really enjoying reading this newsletter, both for the topic, and for how you both write 🙂