Thursday, August 13, 2009

Medieval Times

Susan´s tip-in book is themed "Wizards, Dragons, Medieval Times" - well, I´m not a big fan of wizards and dragons and any fantasy stuff, but I love medieval themes, so I´ve only illustrated that part. I hope she won´t tell me I´m cheating - at least I´ve used castles and knights as she wants us to ... At first sight this spread could have been titled "Love and War", but in fact the knights are only training for times of war by fighting in a tournament. The four words I´ve stamped around them are medieval keywords that are hard to translate from the Middle High German language; "minne" is a special kind of platonic love, "êre" is what the knights are fighting for, "triuwe" is what they owe to their king, and "mâze" is how everyone should live, something like temperance - but all these definitions don´t really work because there´s been a whole system of virtues in the Middle Ages that doesn´t fit our modern times.





9 comments:

Lenna Andrews said...

tis is so layered and interesting, marion. Thank you for sharing your work in this altered book!
Lenna

Jane Farr said...

Beautiful work Marion!!

Marilyn Rock said...

FAbulous Marion. Another theme perfectly met! Oh; got to see the article in Somerset - super! xxoo

Laura Haviland said...

Awesome is the words that fit for this art work.
Great Marion, Hugs Laura.

whymsicalmusings said...

Marion this is simply FABULOUS!!! I love all of the interesting pieces on each page and the colors BRAVO!
XXX
Becky

Susan said...

Hi Marion,
I Love, Love, Love my pages. They are perfect. I can't wait to have the real thing in my little hands.
Susan

Char said...

I love this era as well. I love your Knights. Fabulous fabulous art.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

An enchanting kingdom you created! Oh it is pure magic! I could comment every post I've missed the last few days, but I'll save you the reading - everything is just so very beautiful. I come over for a visit and have to tear myself away, mouth hanging open, drool on my chin! Oh my you are talented!

Queen Of Toys said...

Marion these pages are brilliant I love everything royal or medieval and the composition on these are just perfect.