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Welcome to The Nest!

The Nest is my repository of journals and papers.  If I've written it, you will find it here.  

Historica Tractatu houses my scholarly works, mostly relating to my medieval studies of Mongolian warfare, European herbology and Chinese embroidery. I have removed the copyrights on my works to allow them to be shared more freely, though I appreciate being credited on those shares.

My travels have heavily influenced my hatmaking, and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs.  
As of April 2019, my journals link to extended photo collections at Daveno Travels and Pinterest.

Block Printing and its impact on textile and book arts

Posted by Gordon Ellis, also known as Gordon Redthorn on 8/13/2017 to Historica Tractatu
A playing card woodblockThis article was written by a friend of mine who recently passed away (July 2017).  It was originally self-published in "A Boke of Dayes: A Journal of the Festival of St. Hildegard" (1994)  I have augmented this article with photos from a photo essay and a catalog of his works that were part of his estate.

Gordon not only carved blocks, but taught carving and printing as well, and volunteered much of his time to the furtherance of this art form.  I hope this article will inspire others to continue on that path.

Names from the Secret History of the Mongols

Posted by Heather Daveno, compiled in 1988, posted on 8/25/2015 to Historica Tractatu

The Secret History of the Mongols was written for the royal Mongol family after the death of Chinghis Khan in 1227 AD. It details the history of the Mongol peoples from the birth of the first Mongol, Batachikhan, through the ascension of Ogodei Khan to the Mongolian throne. The Secret History is considered a primary source for the genealogy of the ruling families of Mongolia up to the beginning of the 14th century.