York Corpus Christi Pageant Simulator

A bizarre but rather charming combination of the mediaeval and the modern: this Java simulator models the motion of pageant wagons during a simulation of medieval Englands York Corpus Christi Pageant.

In effect its a queueing simulator, set against the backdrop of a Speed map of York. Alas it doesnt show what the pageant wagons would have looked like. The Speed map is not of course mediaeval, but the pageants continued until suppressed by the Puritans in the seventeenth century, so it is not anachronistic. It gives a good sense of the rhythm the plays would have generated as they moved round the old town.

Its written by Dennis Jerz, Associate Professor of English — New Media Journalism, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. I think it was written a few years ago, but hes just mentioned it in his weblog.

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