Posts Tagged ‘Jean de Meun’

Edinburgh Castle (Image via Historic Scotland)

It’s Dad’s birthday today, and in his honour we’ve spent the day in his old university stomping ground of Edinburgh, mostly in the castle grounds (thank you, Historic Scotland membership). Also in his honour, Medieval Monday gets a bonus post in the form of a gallery of Dads in Medieval Art. This has proven slightly more challenging than searching for portraits of mothers in Victorian art because the term “fathers” can go one of two ways in medieval art. (more…)


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Roman de la Rose

The garden in the Roman de la Rose of Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun is one of my favourite such spaces in all of medieval literature. The text to your left (in Old French, should you be that way inclined) gives a rich description of said garden, filled with apple trees, almond trees, fountains, flowers of all colours and perfumes. It’s a place where the normal rules don’t apply. Anything can happen in such a garden. (more…)

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