Saturday, September 10, 2011

Let's Go Fly a Kite...!

Wild hair time!

Are kites period for Western Europe?  They were very period for Oriental parts of the world.  It is rumored that stories about kites came back with Marco Polo in the late 13th century and that sailors from Japan and Malaysia brought kites back during the 16th and 17th centuries.  It is claimed that they were mere curiosities until the 18th & 19th centuries where they were used for scientific research.  This begs the question, if they were only curiosities, were they ever flown in period for entertainment or were they seen as something used for serious study only?

I have a feeling this question might never be answered to anyone's satisfaction, but I think a kite or two at an event would provide a nice bit of entertainment for otherwise bored children. :D  Eventually I'll dive into more research on this subject.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yes, kites are very much period to Western Europe.
Vienna Pennon 1430.
The image you posted from 1405.
The unfinished illumination (1326) from Walter de Millimete's De Nobilitatus.
Those are some.
Bellifortis' work has an image, and other copies of his work do, too.

THL Archer McRobert
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