Sometimes you need to leave the classroom to go study the artifacts – even when your classroom looks like this:
So off we went to Edinburgh
I mean studying manuscripts and castles – sigh. Life is just so hard sometimes.
We started with a tour of the National Library of Scotland. The problem with studying the Middle Ages in the states is that access to manuscripts is somewhat limited. That is obviously less of a problem in the UK….
The Manuscripts were even the less cannonical medieval texts that don’t just revolve around knights, fairies and castles – such as Norse Sagas
or old Irish manuscripts
Manuscripts = always the best, and when they are kind of weird manuscripts = even better.
The food was ok… but – Harry Potter.
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh contained the fantastic combination of material that I am beginning to feel is typical of some UK museums.
On the other hand – they actually had the Lewis Chessman. The earliest known chess set was a Viking board found in the Scottish Islands ( specifically Lewis – hence the name).