[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
I know a lot of people who are interested in The Histories Fandom but are kind of intimidated by the amount of stuff they don't know about either the plays or the period they're set in. So I thought, hey, we should have a resources post for things that might be helpful to histories fic writing -- stuff like, timelines, info about material culture, that kind of thing. Except that that's a ton of work and so I haven't done it yet. And then I was looking up some information about 14th-century underwear, because reasons, and I found this site, and that reminded me that I've been meaning to make this post, which I'll also make into a sticky to go along with the fic index. Eventually I am going to add the timeline that [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire and I made that compares and contrasts the plots of the two tetralogies to what actually seems to have happened, just as soon as I finish the Henry V section.

Anyway, what kind of sites do you guys use when you need to look up in-period details? I'm especially hoping to get links on the 15th century, because my own collection, given my Richard II fixation, is slanted fairly heavily toward the 14th. I'll add anything you have in the comments to the main post.

Also, just a caveat: not all of these are hugely scholarly sites necessarily. Also some of the links on the del.icio.us pages no longer work; I'll clean them up later.

Stuff I have so far:

general )

people )

places )

court )

church )

letters )

time and money )

sex )

family )

clothes )

food )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
So, [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 made this post using her Shakespeare Tarot deck some time ago, and a discussion in comments led to a proposal for a Wars of the Roses tarot deck that was not based on Shakespeare. So, she and I came up with a provisional major arcana last night.

NB: First of all, both of us work on historiographical representation and its relationship to literary texts, so the assigning of figures or events to particular cards actually has very little to do with how we as people feel about them (read: We don't actually think Richard III is Satan. Seriously.) We pooled what we knew about tarot symbolism and combined it with historical symbolism. This is not about what these people were actually like; it is based on what they stood for and how they came to be represented -- if one wants to be technical about it, this is all about emplotment. Also, since The Wheel and The World are both deeply rooted in medieval iconography to begin with, we've left them alone.

Anyway. Without further ado.

The Major Arcana )

[livejournal.com profile] angevin2 has also offered to do mockups once she can find her illustrations from Jean Creton.
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com

Basically, it points out that our thinking of Henry VII and his descendants as 'Tudors' is in fact a misnomer since they didn't think of themselves that way. Lots of background and detail, talking about how Henry in particular never used the name 'Tudor' -- the historians of the period only ever refer to him as 'Richmond' (with the added interesting note that only people trying to insult Henry referred to him as 'Tudor', namely Richard III and Perkin Warbeck).

Just thought I'd flag that up as something worth reading.


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