Bartholomew’s World is not a typical online reference. It is a sourcebook for thirteenth-century Scholasticism. And it certainly looks the part. Load its homepage, and you come face to face with an aged frontispiece. Enter its virtual pages, and you dive right into Latin text in sprawling script amidst images of unsmiling clerics. But its content is not of this world. Did you know, for instance, that black pepper was used to remedy a diseased spleen? Or that the dragon used its tail, in lieu of teeth or fire, as its primary weapon? (At least, according to a medieval bestiary).
Where Town Meets Gown
Site on medieval history, broad in scope, ranges from the totally wacky to materials that are deep and philosophically chellenging.
HUMANITIES, November/December 2011, Volume 32, Number 6