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September 22, 2011

Machine Gun Trivia, 9/19/2011

Gunpowder was known in medieval Europe at least as early as 1216, when it was mentioned by Roger Bacon, and Muslim forces used various cannon and firearms in combat in Iberia and against the Mongols. But what was the first use of a gunpowder weapon to be described in Europe, appearing in French and English manuscripts from the 1320s?

There were no correct responses to last week's question. Late Gothic and Eastern European chant (14th - early 15th C) is usually notated in Hufnagelschrift, so called because the musical notes are shaped so that they look like horseshoe nails.

Please send trivia responses by email to cmedst@umn.edu with Trivia in the subject line.

September 12, 2011

Straw Trivia, 9/12/2011

Vivian Ramalingam provided the correct response for last week's trivia contest and has also supplied our new question. Last week's answer was that the trivium was comprised of grammar, logic, and rhetoric and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. Honorable mention goes to Kit Gordon for also getting the correct answer.

What is the connection between medieval scholar Professor Wendy Hoofnagle (Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Northern Iowa) and the study of late Gothic medieval chant?

Please send trivia responses by email to cmedst@umn.edu with Trivia in the subject line.