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Did brown bears become extinct in Britain during the early Middle Ages?

“Most of the remains that have been discovered from the Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon (early medieval) periods relate to skins that were included in burials”

Fifth-century mosaics offer clues on life in a medieval Jewish village

“The mosaics decorating the floor of the Huqoq synagogue revolutionize our understanding of Judaism in this period”

7 Medieval Sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has added seven more sites dating from the Middle Ages to its World Heritage List. The committee met earlier this week in Bahrain, where they inscribed 19 sites in total.

Bayeux Tapestry set to be on display in the UK in 2022

The British government has announced that Bayeux Tapestry is a step closer to returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in almost a thousand years.

Digitization and putting back together a 1,200 year old manuscript

It was a sensational discovery, when in 2012 fragments of the 1,200-year-old parchment were rediscovered in a box. The original was cut up in the 18th century and used as covers for other books. Six years ago, the fragments were found in the library of Admont Abbey and its value was recognised.

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Medieval Articles

Book prices and monetary issues in Renaissance Europe

Was the price expressed in money of account or in coined money? In domestic or foreign currency? Is it possible to relate two prices expressed in different currencies?

The Goat and the Cathedral – Archaeology of Folk Religion in Medieval Turku

This paper introduces three cases of material signs of folk religion that archaeologists have discovered in the medieval soil layers of Turku

Scoundrels, Dogs and Heathens: Christian Mercenaries in the Almohad Caliphate, 1121-1269

This article examines the complex phenomena of the Farfan, a Christian knight serving a Muslim ruler during the religious wars of 13th century Iberia.

Voyagers in the Vault of Heaven: The Phenomenon of Ships in the Sky in Medieval Ireland and Beyond

This paper explores the phenomenon of ships voyaging in the sky. Such fantastical sightings are considered primarily in an early medieval Irish context, but evidence from places as widely separated in time and place as thirteenth-century England and eighteenth-century Canada is also addressed.

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All about the Middle Ages

Palm Sunday in Medieval Manuscripts

How Palm Sunday was depicted in two of the most important illuminated manuscripts of Medieval Europe: The Isabella Breviary and Bible Moralisée of Naples.

In Search of Guinevere

As a lifelong lover of Arthurian stories, I have always had a love/hate relationship with Guinevere. In some stories, she is the well-mannered and generous ideal queen; in others she is a jealous and spiteful adulteress. How can she be both? When did she change?

What Braveheart did for Scottish Independence

Twenty years ago support for Scottish independence was confined to a small minority – but the release of the film Braveheart in the spring of 1995 changed their fortunes.

Liber Monstrorum: The Book of Monsters

If there’s anything we have in common with our medieval ancestors, it’s our love of monsters.

New Location for the Battle of Crécy discovered

For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought just north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, a new book that contains the most intensive examination of sources about the battle to date, offers convincing evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

Which Of These Historical Events Happened First?

Can you correctly put in order these 16 events from history?

How well do you know the origins of English words?

Can you tell which word derives from the English of Anglo-Saxon times, and which word came from French?

The most popular girls’ names in Tudor England

What were the most popular names for girls in England during the 16th century?

Who wrote this medieval literary classic?

Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works? See also: 10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages

Five Medieval Books recommended by the Five-Minute Medievalist

Here are just a few of the non-fiction books I’ve read and enjoyed. They reflect my interest in the UK and France (especially the fourteenth century), as you’ll see.

Ten Reasons Why a Man Should Not Get Married (from a Pope)

‘In general, she sighs and cries, day and night, and gossips and grumbles.’

Following the Leader: Erik Kwakkel on How and Why to Be an Online Medievalist

One of the best presentations I saw at the International Congress on Medieval Studies this year was by Erik Kwakkel from Leiden University.

Will the Real Guinevere Please Stand Up?

If you’ve ever watched soap operas chances are good you’re familiar with the trope of the evil twin. But did you know it extends even into Arthurian legend?

What Crime Did You Commit in Your Past Life?

Were you bad to the bone? Take the quiz and find out!

How the parrot tricked the knight

In the following story from the late twelfth-century, Alexander Neckham describes how deceitful parrots could be.

Medieval Videos

The Story of Durham Cathedral in LEGO

Durham Cathedral has created this wonderful set of videos – using LEGO – to tell their medieval story.

Writing the Life of Charlemagne

For the last few years I have been really preoccupied with writing a biography of Charles, King of the Franks, born in 748, King of the Franks in 768, died 813. So I’m going to spend the next little bit talking about biographies and Charles as a subject of them.

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Medieval Books

“As pounded gaping metal”: Translating Saint Aldhelm’s Aenigmata

Perhaps the greatest pleasure of translating the Aenigmata came from the fact that doing the work well required a scavenger hunt through Anglo-Saxon life—from history to medicine to food and many other arcane topics.

Book Review: Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

Beyond its incredible, stunning pictures, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders by Sherry C.M. Lindquist and Asa Simon Mittman, explores the medieval love of monsters in all their glory and complexity in a book that transcends its purpose as an accompaniment to an exhibit – it’s a book in which to lose yourself in your love of medieval manuscripts.

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Medieval Movies & TV

10 Medieval Short Films

Need to have some medieval-themed binge viewing? Here are ten short films from Youtube and Vimeo that will take you back to the Middle Ages.

Medievalists at the Movies: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premiered May 2017 MAN CANDY ALERT! When I sat down to watch “King Arthur” over this past weekend, I was a bit apprehensive. This big-budget, big-name feature film didn’t last very long in theaters (never a good sign) and it received overall negative reviews (typically, not always, not a […]

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NEW! The Medieval Magazine, No. 111: HAGIOGRAPHY

In this issue, we look at hagiography, the medieval cult of saints, alchemy, visit Prague and visit del Escorial, Spain.

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