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As we kick off the New Year, we take a brief diversion from our Medieval True Crime miniseries to explore the world of precious stones and the extraordinary properties attributed to them through a look at the Lapidary of Marbodus and a couple of other short texts.
- Shackford, Martha Hale, editor. Legends and Satires from Mediæval Literature. Ginn and Company, 1913. Google Books.
- Marbodus. The Lapidarium of Marbodus. Translated by C.W. King. In C.W. King, Antique Gems, Their Origin, Uses, and Value as Interpreters of Ancient History; and as Illustrative of Ancient Art, John Murray, 1860, pp. 389-417. Google Books.
- Doyle, Arthur Conan. “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Project Gutenberg.
- Duffin, Christopher John. “Chelidonius: The Swallow Stone.” Speculum, vol. 124, no. 1, Apr. 2013, pp. 81-103. JSTOR.
- Holmes, Urban T. “Mediaeval Gem Stones.” Speculum, vol. 9, no. 2, Apr. 1934, pp. 195-204. JSTOR.
Image: Illustration of a jewel merchant from a manuscript of the Lapidary of Jean de Mandeville, ca. 1480, in Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Français 9136, f. 344r.
Maybe an odd request but what is the organ (?) track that starts at approximately 11:50 in this episode. The soundtrack to your story. I liked it so much, I ended up spacing out and focus on the music several times instead and would love to know where it came from. Thank you in advance.
That piece is something I generated by taking this royalty free music track from YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B52vakov5AY — and stretching it out to 20 times its original length, using an application called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch by Paul Nasca (http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/).
Thank you for replying…bit late to the party but hey!