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siriussandra asked: I'm considering writing a novel of a female Robin Hood, and was wondering if it could be historically accurate to write her as being half-Asian? The story would take place in the 12th century in England. Do you have any information on Asian people living in England at that time?

medievalpoc:

medievalpoc:

Of course. Asia and Europe aren’t even a separate landmass, after all.

Here are some links to give you a broader perspective on the kinds of people who would have been in Medieval England, Europe overall, how and why they got there, and how long they would have been there for.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road (Europe-Asia) in Antiquity

The Silk Road (Europe-Asia) via Ottoman Turkey

Pilgrimage and Traditions of Travel

Mongolian Empire

Ottoman Empire

Western Europe via Venice (trade gateway)

Black and Asian Performance in British History (V&A Museum)

Description of Rome from Ancient China

Quick Primer on Medieval Multiculturalism/Medieval Islam

Prehistoric Silk Road: The Steppe Road

tagged: Crusades

 China

 Japan

 India

 Mongolia

P.S. Asian people in Medieval European art are usually “marked” that way via clothing, not physical characteristics.

P.P.S. There’s a good bit of evidence that a character like the one you describe would not have necessarily been perceived as physically “other” or “different” by Medieval English society; but you’re writing for people reading this story now. Probably keep that in mind.

Also, an Asian woman as a Robin Hood type character would make a fascinating story and a lot of sense! Many Asian nations/regions have a long tradition of women warriors.

One more fun thing: Trotula of Salerno, who revolutionized Medieval medicine by and for women, synthesizing knowledge flowing out of Asia and the Middle East regarding medicine and specifically gynecology. In Medieval Europe, some of the most well-known people of color were physicians, because African and Asian medicine was pretty revered.

It all depends on what kind of story you want to tell. You can have some pretty epic Merry Men and Women, too!

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risewiththemoon:

These are my favorite opals. Don’t they look like hatching dragon eggs? My mom has a bunch, but we went into an opal store and they had cases and cases of them. It looked like an incubator lol

risewiththemoon:

These are my favorite opals. Don’t they look like hatching dragon eggs? My mom has a bunch, but we went into an opal store and they had cases and cases of them. It looked like an incubator lol

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itslikethatfrenchthing:

powerofvoodoo:

so i’m ready to go back to school

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woah hang on what

are you really sure you’re only going to need one pen?

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hella-dandy:

incredibly-interested:

micoovav:

theenglishmoon:

tokyo—house—party:

slumberblues:

rosesareray:

drunkteeth:

havin a crush on someone and not knowing if they like you back

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having a crush on someone and knowing they don’t like you back

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someone having a crush on you and you don’t like them back

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having a mutual friend crush

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having a crush on someone who likes you back but “the timing isn’t right”

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crushes

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getting crushed by trafficimage

(via whenindoubtusebigwords)

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pupchuck:

i want this on a t shirt

pupchuck:

i want this on a t shirt

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wereallalittle-mad:

zazzybuttcheeks:

plur-panda:





aw shit get it wednesday

HA! I almost forgot to reblog this today 

Every Wednesday from now on. 

Its wednesday yo


this never comes on my dash at the right time anymore :( i think i went two weeks without it and now i’m reblogging it on a thursday

GOD DAMN YES FINALLY BLOGGED IT ON A WEDNESDAY

wereallalittle-mad:

zazzybuttcheeks:

plur-panda:

aw shit get it wednesday

HA! I almost forgot to reblog this today 

Every Wednesday from now on. 

Its wednesday yo

this never comes on my dash at the right time anymore :( i think i went two weeks without it and now i’m reblogging it on a thursday

GOD DAMN YES FINALLY BLOGGED IT ON A WEDNESDAY

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death-the-pale-horseman:

jaackles:

tardis-mind-palace:

chainedtoacomet:

When Dean Winchester finally dies (for good, this time), Death takes a holiday. 
He spends a week going to every fair and carnival in the continental US.
He eats every deep fried concoction possible.
When his holiday comes to an end, he goes to Heaven and knocks on the pearly gates with the head of his cane. He asks to speak with Dean Winchester.
Dean is surprised to find Death there when the angels bring him forward. Death swore that their last meeting, when Death personally escorted Dean’s soul to Heaven, would be the final time they ever saw one another.
“I found it,” Death tells him. “The perfect pie. It was in Muncie, Indiana. Apple, with a flaky, golden crust. The ratio of cinnamon to sugar and its balance with the tart Granny Smith…. it was just perfect. Divine, even.”
Dean stares at Death, unsure of why he is telling him this, but then he looks down. In Death’s hand is a wrinkled, white paper bag. Inside the bag is a slice of the perfect pie.
Dean takes the bag, mystified.
“Thanks for the pickle chips that time,” Death says, then disappears into the void.

did you just give me Death/Dean bromance feels

#And Dean turns back and walks back into the gates#He treks up an inclined road until it flattens and curves around#When he reaches his heaven Dean raises a free hand above his head and yells #’SAM#CAS #LOOKIT! PIE!’ (x)

death-the-pale-horseman:

jaackles:

tardis-mind-palace:

chainedtoacomet:

When Dean Winchester finally dies (for good, this time), Death takes a holiday. 

He spends a week going to every fair and carnival in the continental US.

He eats every deep fried concoction possible.

When his holiday comes to an end, he goes to Heaven and knocks on the pearly gates with the head of his cane. He asks to speak with Dean Winchester.

Dean is surprised to find Death there when the angels bring him forward. Death swore that their last meeting, when Death personally escorted Dean’s soul to Heaven, would be the final time they ever saw one another.

“I found it,” Death tells him. “The perfect pie. It was in Muncie, Indiana. Apple, with a flaky, golden crust. The ratio of cinnamon to sugar and its balance with the tart Granny Smith…. it was just perfect. Divine, even.”

Dean stares at Death, unsure of why he is telling him this, but then he looks down. In Death’s hand is a wrinkled, white paper bag. Inside the bag is a slice of the perfect pie.

Dean takes the bag, mystified.

“Thanks for the pickle chips that time,” Death says, then disappears into the void.

did you just give me Death/Dean bromance feels

   (x)

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(Source: jenarcherwood, via lost-in-pink)

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mrdandd:

superhighschoolleveluguu:

cutbu:

read more comics

#I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE INSPIRATIONAL

how do you not find that inspirational?

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zezora:

if you read this you are cute no take backs

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jaclcfrost:

awesomeartist15:

jaclcfrost:

if someone ever makes me the godparent of their child i’m going to make sure their child grows up referring to me as their fairy godparent and believing that i am their fairy godparent

Will you wear a pointy crown and have a star wand and little fairy wings too?

no of course not don’t be ridiculous

i will have huge fairy wings

(via lost-in-pink)

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theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

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ridexridexponyx:

if you dont like otters i dont like you

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lethalitycomplex:

thedemonica:

i’m pretty sure you created tron

*DAFT PUNK INTENSIFIES*

lethalitycomplex:

thedemonica:

i’m pretty sure you created tron

*DAFT PUNK INTENSIFIES*

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“What men mean when they talk about their “crazy” ex-girlfriend is often that she was someone who cried a lot, or texted too often, or had an eating disorder, or wanted too much/too little sex, or generally felt anything beyond the realm of emotionally undemanding agreement. That does not make these women crazy. That makes those women human beings, who have flaws, and emotional weak spots. However, deciding that any behavior that he does not like must be insane– well, that does make a man a jerk.

And when men do this on a regular basis, remember that, if you are a woman, you are not the exception. You are not so cool and fabulous and levelheaded that they will totally get where you are coming from when you show emotions other than “pleasant agreement.”

When men say “most women are crazy, but not you, you’re so cool” the subtext is not, “I love you, be the mother to my children.” The subtext is “do not step out of line, here.” If you get close enough to the men who say things like this, eventually, you will do something that they do not find pleasant. They will decide you are crazy, because this is something they have already decided about women in general.” Jennifer Wright, “Lady, You Really Aren’t ‘Crazy’” (via unmaiden)

(Source: sparkamovement, via hopes-iris)

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ofhousehoechlin:

6 year old fan asks Sebastian a question.

#well good thing you’re the Winter Soldier   #because that’s one hell of a burn (via paradisdesbilles)

(Source: missmarvel, via hopes-iris)

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