a medieval minute: cinnamon birds


Unicorns were medieval fantastical beasts that most people are familiar with. We are less familiar with the mythological cinnamologus bird (cinnamon bird). The bird built its nest with the fruit of cinnamon trees. The trees were so high and the branches so delicate, the cinnamon tree could not be climbed. One obtained cinnamon by throwing lead balls at the tree. Medieval bestiaries often depicted the cinnamon bird.

Cinnamon was a highly desired spice in the medieval world. People used it for flavor and for preserving meats. Cinnamon became a medieval status symbol. As the middle classes became wealthier, the demand for it grew. During the age of exploration, cinnamon was one of the spices the explorers hoped to find.

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I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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