March 2013

Adventures in Medieval Lent: Part 2, Inspiration from the Communion of Saints, and the origins of the Paternoster

Since in the Middle Ages the Lenten Fast was standardized, pretty much everybody would have been participating in this fast. If you were healthy, you were fasting. (You were exempt if you were sick, pregnant, a child, or too old.

7 Quick Takes (no. i*)

 

Our first 7 Quick Takes  Friday  ! (er, Sunday...)

Well, here we are, our first participation in the 7 Quick Takes fabulousness.

Adventures in Medieval Lent: Part 1 - Of Inspiration and Practicalities

Lent was drawing near. Janelle and I had discussed the requirements of fasting for Lent in the Middle Ages; we’d lightly discussed the possibility of trying it ourselves, but nothing very committal came of it. I then read an article by an SCA woman (SCA-Society of Creative Anachronism) who had tried to do a Medieval Lent. She wasn't a practicing catholic or protestant, but it was important for her to understand her character better. And so she tried it.