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annamatopoetry

annamatopoetry

Joined September 2016

lots of nonfiction (history, linguistics, anthro) , but I also like historical and speculative fiction.
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"These wall chimneys “in the French fashion,” as they were called in Italy, were the greatest luxury of middle-class homes. The only other warmth came from the oven and cooking fire and warming pans in bed at night. Like sanitation, heating was an arrangement that the age seems technologically equipped to have handled better than it did, were it not that man is as irrational about his comfort as about other activities."

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We hung the doors onto the bookshelf in the study and now most of the ugly stuff is hidden
I only adjusted the rest marginally, it's going to take some drawing and a whole day to get it really good, but at least it's less of a nightmare.

rather_be_reading 👏👏 6d
Buechersuechtling It looks beautiful. Seems like a comfortable place/corner to read. 6d
ju.ca.no Looks very pretty!! 6d
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"The comparative ineffectiveness of French archery throughout the century is a puzzle. Towns and villages of France maintained companies of archers who were encouraged by special privileges, and men of the Beauvais /.. /considered themselves in individual skill the best in the world. Yet they were never properly combined in action with knights and men-at-arms, because French chivalry scorned to share its dominance of the field with commoners."

Buechersuechtling 🤭 Yes, that makes perfect sense *irony off* and – in my ears and life experience – sounds exactly like what the main body of men (in a military position) would bring forward as an argument. 🤦🏽‍♀️ 1w
annamatopoetry @Buechersuechtling oh absolutely. You see it over and over in history - military and political strategy is so deeply steeper in social and economical structures that it can't change even when it has to. 9th c Wessex comes to mind too - they were getting their assets kicked by vikings for *decades* until Alfred the Great was like "fuck honorable combat, we're using guerilla warfare". And won. 1w
annamatopoetry @Buechersuechtling I should add that it wasn't JUST a matter of ego. In medieval French society, the three classes were broadly Those Who Fight, Those Who Pray, and Those Who Farm. Being a nobleman was *synonymous* with being a warrior. No one else was allowed to own certain weapons, war horses, etc. Priests and nobility payed no/less taxes in exchange for prayers/armed defence. To let commoners play an important role would upend everything. 1w
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My niece is finally old enough for Toffle! Ordering it for her birthday. It is without doubt one of the best children's books in the world.

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Umbria today. They had a sugar bun! The hundred years war... Well, it's continuing. Tbh troup movements isn't my favorite, but at least I'm reading.

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1) didn't read many, due to Circumstances
2) Black, but it's a dress
3) not much to others, but I walked 13000 steps this Tuesday which is more than I have since June 23rd
Still a ways to go to be back to normal, but improving.
4) on inhale. And yes, two different ways.
5) 👌
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Today is cinnamon roll day! I baked 40 for work.

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Saturday lack of pastries hack: have it be sunny so you can sit outside and illicitly bring a pastry from starbucks. Hey, if they want me to buy shit here they have to have it be available for purchase.

I haven't read much this week, unsure why other than general sense of meh. Oh, and lots of Solitaire. In the book, it's France's turn to have an absurdly incompetent king.

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1) well, I didn't have a numeric goal, and objectively the numbers aren't great, but I've been p. good at following the list & reading order I assigned myself
2) tic tacs can be listed as sugar free despite consisting mainly of sugar due to regs defining

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For some reason Peter Chadwick's This Brutal World is not in the catalog? Why @litsy? Anyway, this is a Good Tweet™

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My coffee shop has jam tarts again!!!! I'm EXTREMELY excited about this. They also have new cups, which, while not as pretty as the old ones, are extremely photogenic. The book? Less uplifting, it's focused on the topic of the plague and antisemitism atm.

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Pretty Monsters | Kelly Link
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Day 6 of #7days7covers #covercrush. Anyone who wants to play, consider yourself tagged.

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The Book of Afternoon Tea | Lesley Mackley
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Didn't read this particular book, but wanted to tag something for the really excellent anniversary afternoon tea we had at the Georgian Room today. I wish litsy allowed multiple images.

Buechersuechtling Yeah, sometimes I wish Litsy would implement this … So, hey @Litsy – please consider to allow multiple images in one post. 3w
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Day 5 of #7days7covers #covercrush
7 book covers, no explanation
Tagging @RvnclawWhovian, as always tagging is non-binding

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Rta - Korpringarna 2 | Siri Pettersen
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"It was no lack of prowess that defeated the French and allied knights. They fought as valiantly as the English, for knights were much the same in all countries. England‘s advantage lay in combining the use of those excluded from chivalry—the Welsh knifemen, the pikemen, and, above all, the trained yeomen who pulled the longbow—with the action of the armored knight." longbowsssss #longbows

annamatopoetry I'll elaborate. Knights - heavy cavalry - were basically the tanks of the army. Heavily armed and armored knights atop armored horses the only thing that could really stop their charge was other knights. A foot soldier can take down an individual knights with some luck and skill, but a whole force of them? Nothing. Until longbows. And a knight takes a generation to replace. 4w
annamatopoetry A knight's horse alone ate as much grain as several peasants. Knights were super pricey to maintain but kept because the feudal system needed them to be Those Who Fight. Longbows? You can train a peasant to be useful in a few weeks. Really skilled in a year. But France resisted to let bowmen lead for the longest time BECAUSE it went egainst their entire worldview. And it fucked them over so bad. Once that became clear, feudalism couldnt continue thriving. 4w
Tamra Really interesting! 4w
annamatopoetry @Tamra it's literally on my top three of things to go on long rants about! A little simplified here of course but it gets the gist of it. 4w
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The good news is that this will be available in translation next year! "Handbook in interior design and styling" doesn't feature a single photo; instead it has schematics and text, phrased as guidelines rather than hard and fast rules. It provides reasoning and a background to the various features listed. Very good. I'll make sure to holler when it's out in the US.

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The Circle: Book I (The Engelsfors Trilogy) | Mats Strandberg, Sara B. Elfgren
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Day 2 of 7. #7days7covers #covercrush
Present 7 covers 7 days without context.
Tagging @Tamra , but tagging is non-binding.

Tamra Thank you! My books are boxed up. 😒 4w
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"Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to the 14th century than the physical destruction of war itself." tbh that can be said of many eras (900s Eng, 1400s and 1600s Swe come to mind). The logic: the money always end up coming from the bottom. Hungrier peasants work less well, thus grow less crops, get unhealthier, & malnutrition causes a weakened immune system, shorter lifespan and lower intelligence. Recipe for disaster.

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It's time for longbowsssss! You have no idea how excited this makes me, the longbow is just a phenomenal game changer in medieval warfare, effectively ending feudalism, although the plague helped. Can't wait to read Tuchman's interpretation of what happened.
Vegetarian pasta sauce for lunch.

annamatopoetry "But feudalism didn't end until much later", you say. Well, it took its sweet time. But the crumbling started. 4w
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Day 1 of #7days7covers #covercrush . I was tagged by @silentrequiem and haven't been able to figure out who to tag yet. More to come.

silentrequiem Great book! 1mo
annamatopoetry @silentrequiem I know, we read it for book club and it was the only one of my suggestions that was liked 😁 1mo
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1) A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century and Handbok i inredning och styling (tagged)
2) well, I bought a paper copy of my current read but not counting that, a new copy of Good Omens. Before THAT, Because Internet.
3) it's just stopped raining, it's about 65F.
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Better luck today. Hanging out at Coffee Works, book is catching up (I enjoy they way it doesn't assume the reader doesn't know anything about the 14th century, but still gives you the lay of the land in terms of how people lived and what they believed). I'm not 100% on board with the "babies mostly died early so people didn't love them" thesis, though, and Tuchman appears to be.

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Couldn't concentrate on my book because the experience was ruined by bad service. Coffee Works was out of pastries (this is normal on Saturdays, bc apparently people who run coffee shops are incapable of planning ahead & thus run out of everything 4 hours before close) so I went to Umbria, where I got my coffee in a to-go cup and was handed the wrong pastry. I like my Saturday bokfika, so it's annoying when people go out of their way to fuck it up

Buechersuechtling It‘s not meant to be impolite – but I just grinned with my whole face when I read your post. I like your tone and can so much relate to how annoyed you were since I would‘ve felt pretty much the same. 🙂 4w
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1) loved London, miss going there, wrong side of the Atlantic these days.
2) warmer than expected, a little over 70. No rain. Cloudy.
3) I haven't been on very many bad dates, but the dude I had a crush on in upper secondary made for a pretty awkward one once. Just sandwiches, coffee, and slow conversation.
4) two cats who are both babey despite being tennish years old
5) ok!
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Working from home today, so lunch at Coffee Works, outside! Avignon was quite the place while a papal city.

Emilymdxn Great picture! 1mo
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Nelly says "calm ur tits, Phil". Reading on my phone cause I'm too lazy to get up and get the paper book. (also icing The Ankle)

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I couldn't go back to school again, but oh man, medievalists get to use the best terminology.

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Freja: sagan om Valhalla | Johanne Hildebrandt
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1. I'm going to go with a really bad one. It's fantasy based on mythological characters, which wasn't too common in Sweden at the time, so it got decent reviews, but soooo bad. Hacky plot, awkward dialog, bland narration.
2. Black Books! How thematical. Community has some really good episodes, but Black Book? Mwah!
3. Bread, tofurkey, smoothie, coffee
4. Pacific
5. Floral Distant
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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... And a ginormous hardback of A Distant Mirror so now I can go back to reading it.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Not one but TWO book deliveries today! First, the nice edition of Good Omens to replace the copy Book Depository mixed up with fashion history (Crowley doesn't object) and subsequently lost (it, in turn, is meant to replace a fraying old paperback, the white one. )

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Technically I've gotten further, but I wanted to share two of the models for bookshelf styling. Also, where my fruit tarts at?? 🙁

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The page after this was about bookshelf styling! Lunch: vegetarian pasta bolognese

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Author reading! Lucas found it, and we're going, next Tuesday in Seattle

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Coffee shop time before the gym. Gotta try to do some bank things this afternoon so anxiety level 3000%

Tamra Hope it goes smoothly and is over sooner rather than later! 1mo
annamatopoetry @Tamra thank you! It did, but since I only deal with my swedish bank account once a year or so I never know if my login will work until I try. It's a whooole thing. 1mo
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I already have color theory down, but the book just explained to me why I'm having such a hard time matching paint colors across the Atlantic: NCS colors (the Swedish standard) are perception-based, not physics based.

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It's almost as if training a whole class of men to fight and to fight only leads to problem when there's nothing to fight at the moment.
I decided to order a hard copy of this book from Powells - it's good, but I hate reading it on my phone and there were twice as many holds as copies at the library. So I'll take a break from it until it arrives.

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Won't you look at that! Because I needed more stuff on my to read list. Coming out in October!

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What a fun romp! The Athena Club series is brain candy (I fell through this 700 page book in three days) but brain candy with delicious references throughout, both to Romantic and Victorian literature and some real world events. I liked this, although I liked the more involved nature of the plot and antagonists less than the first one. Looking forward to # 3 this fall. More commentary with spoilers in comments.

annamatopoetry I very much appreciated that Carmilla and Laura got to be Actual Lesbians; if they hadn't, I probably would have quit the book. 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love this series! I‘m so excited for the next one! 1mo
annamatopoetry @chaoticgoodhufflepuff me too! The upside to having to wait so long for this one (strictly following my TBR list in order) is that it's just another two months until the next! 1mo
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Myter om det nordiska: mellan romantik och politik | Catharina Raudvere, Anders Andrn, Kristina Jennbert
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I feel like I probably need to read this; it was referenced in Det Rena Landet

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1. Done
2. Try to rest The Damn Ankle, paint some furniture and some watercolors, dinner with friends
3. Half baked Ben and Jerry's, mint stragiatella at the local ice cream place, malted milk at Gelatiamo
4. No. I played the recorder as a wee child. I'd love to play the piano but don't have the patience and coordination to learn.
5 ok!
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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It's a kindle book (not a trade paperback; it's lying)! This happens only rarely.

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Aha! There it is!

annamatopoetry She saved it for Dracula! 2mo
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Justine smiled wanly. "you sound like an avenging angel."
Mary had to smile at that image of herself. "on your behalf, I'll be happy hold the flaming sword of... I don't remember. Whoever guarded the gates of Eden or something like that. " ?

annamatopoetry *tries to avoid making good omens reference*. (In actual judeo-christian mythology I belive it was one of the archangels.) 2mo
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This book you guys

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Did I mention it's delightful?
(and I realize some readers hate the meta commentary / framing device dialogue, but I love it.)

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Everything is very brown today due to a lack of jam tarts (in the coffee shop; they were present in the book!) I forgot how much faster fiction is to read, this one is 700 pages but I'm more than a quarter through in two sittings. And there may be an István in this book, since it promises Hungary! I suppose that only makes sense if you have read more than a handful of Goss' short stories.

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It looks like February 2020 for the release date???!! I'm very very excited omg.

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Nineteen pages in and already a delight.