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Category: Medieval Monday

A Seasonal Medieval Tajine

It was also relatively easy to assemble and prepare using ingredients that were local and seasonal in Philadelphia—a wonderful find for a recipe that was invented in another century across the globe!

Early Modern Monday: Where In the World is Tecamachalco?

Spaniards in town came from different regions of the Peninsula, including Andalusia, the Basque country, Castile, and Extremadura. Among them, a Portuguese migrant could settle, marry a local mestiza, and have a castizo son (strictly speaking, the offspring of Spanish and mestizo parents); that son would eventually marry a mestiza and expect his share of the Indian service to which Spanish landowners were entitled. By the 1570s, the casta system developed by Spanish authorities to establish a clear racial hierarchy was only beginning to take shape. Yet life in a small community like that of Tecamachalco could breed a familiarity that often wrested importance from those racial differences.

Medieval Monday: Ruth Mazo Karras on a Case of Medieval Unmarriage

Those in search of simple, old fashioned models of love and marriage might be disappointed by some of the realities of medieval coupling. “Tradition is always invented,” says Karras, who reminds us that the traditional marriage that people in the twenty-first century have invented for themselves is not really that similar to the state of matrimony in the Middle Ages.