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If you’re interested in horses, horse breeding, or ancient DNA studies, here’s a paper posted on about ancient horse DNA – discovering two now-extinct horse lineages, as well as proof that mules were already bred and used more than 2000 years ago. (Reading things on is free, but you need to have a login.)

Medieval Clothing and Textiles, the annual journal, is out with vol. 15 and available directly via the publisher, Boydell & Brewer, or via the bookstore of your choice, priced at around 40 GBP.

Another interesting-sounding book, but, alas, for the typical prohibitive Brill price, is “Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture“, edited by Therese Martin. There are snippets of the chapters available on the Brill page as previews, but even though the book is more than a thousand pages – for 254 €, I will certainly buy neither the ebook nor the hardcover.

Also behind a paywall, but also sounding interesting – especially if you are researching medieval food and cooking: Giles E.M. Gasper, Faith Wallis, Salsamenta pictavensium: Gastronomy and Medicine in Twelfth-Century EnglandThe English Historical Review, Volume 131, Issue 553, 1 December 2016, Pages 1353–1385. This article is available via Oxford Academic (24-hr access costs 36 €), or you could try getting it via your library.

Finally, and for free for a change: A Faksimile and Transcript of “Nature Unbowelled”, a 17th century book with recipes for loopbraided laces.

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