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About The Merkat Cross

The Merkat Cross originated as a section of Mostly Medieval in September 2002. Its purpose is threefold; as a lover of all things medieval, I wanted to share the wealth of research material available through the "Search Inside" feature at Amazon.com with Mostly Medieval's visitors, the visual aspect of the era through Art.com's prints and posters, and to help offset the ongoing expenses of domain registration and website hosting.

In time, The Merkat Cross section of the site expanded to include costumes for Halloween and Renaissance fairs, movies set in or relating to the Middle Ages and music. Great care was taken to choose affiliate programs with a proven track record for quality, selection and customer service.

Affiliate program commissions continue to be used solely to offset operating expenses and to aid in further development of Mostly Medieval.

This site was hand-coded in WordPad and utilizes Java scripts and CSS. It is optimized for viewing with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 and 24-bit True Color and viewable in higher resolutions. Tested for browser compatibility in Firefox 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0, Mozilla 1.5, Opera 7.0, 8.0, 8.5 and 9.02, Netscape Navigator 6.0, 7.0, 7.1 and 8.1, AOL Explorer 1.2, Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0, and Safari 3.0.

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A text-only version with accessibility features for those who use assistive technology is available.

Additional Information: Sister Sites

In the Middle Ages, it was common for large abbeys to send out a group of monks to establish a "sister abbey" or "sister house." Examples of this are Melrose Abbey, in Scotland, which was a sister house of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, England and Jarrow Abbey in Tynemouth, England which was a sister house of Wearmouth Abbey, in Durham. When particular sections of Mostly Medieval began to expand beyond the bounds of the original intent of the site, new sites were created and developed – "sister sites" – which remain intertwined with their origin at Mostly Medieval.