• Which Historical Era Should You Time Travel To?

    Ever wonder when in time you should visit? Find out here!

    Which Historical Era Should You Time Travel To?
  • Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dunstanburgh Castle

    Few ambitions were ever so grand or manifestos so proudly proclaimed as those writ into the walls of Dunstanburgh Castle. The power of such fortifications wasn’t just limited to their considerable heft but was rooted in their role as the stronghold and home of the great men and women of the age

    Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dunstanburgh Castle
  • The Medieval Magazine – Issue 30

    Medieval Pilgrimages / Robin Hood / The Middle Ages and Feminism / Archaeologists fight to preserve English battlefield

    The Medieval Magazine – Issue 30
  • The Medieval Magazine – Issue 29

    Pennsic: For Two Weeks, a Medieval Kingdom in Pennsylvania / The Evil Spirit that Terrorized a Medieval Village / What is a Psalter?

    The Medieval Magazine – Issue 29
  • Questions and Answers with Alcuin

    What are teeth? – The millstones of our biting.

    Questions and Answers with Alcuin
  • How a Medieval Bed Should Look Like

    One of the most important pieces of a furniture in the medieval home was the bed – it would not only be the place to sleep and have sex, but also where one would give birth and often where people would have their last moments.

    How a Medieval Bed Should Look Like
  • Medieval Pilgrimages: It’s All About the Journey

    For medieval people, faith was more than just an abstract idea, it was tangible in the works they made to glorify God, and the relics they could see with their own eyes. An integral part of this tangible form of faith was the pilgrimage: a spiritual journey to visit a holy site.

    Medieval Pilgrimages: It’s All About the Journey

Medieval News

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13th century insult discovered etched into the walls of Nidaros Cathedral

LAURENSIUS CELVI ANUS PETRI / Lars is Peter’s butt.

lenborough hoard - photo courtesy British Museum

Bucks County Museum looking to acquire Lenborough Coin Hoard

Late last year, over 5200 silver coins was found by a metal detectorist in England. Now, the public will get a taste of this hoard, when 21 coins go on a special exhibit at at Bucks County Museum.

Archaeological Discoveries in Ireland

Drone Technology Aids in Discoveries at Medieval Irish Sites

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have been gaining attention in the news for the last few years, but archaeologists like Saint Louis University history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., have always appreciated what aerial photography could accomplish.

Peniarth MS 481D - from National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales teams up with Wikipedia to share digital images

Those looking for images of the history of Wales, including its medieval past, can now make use of thousands of digital images that have been made available on Wikipedia thanks to the National Library of Wales.

Many documents are very delicate and sensitive, and ideally should not be touched or exposed to direct light. Photo by Nils Kristian Eikeland/NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket

High tech tools used to understand medieval manuscripts

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Gunnerus Library are developing new high-tech tools to unlock the secrets hidden in old parchment.

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Medieval Articles

Gothic war map - created by Cplakidas / Wikicommons

The Justinianic Reconquest of Italy: Imperial Campaigns and Local Responses

This article examines a particular aspect of Justinian’s campaigns against the Ostrogoths in Italy, one that is often overlooked, yet one that is essential to the understanding of these wars

The Death of King Arthur by James Archer (1823–1904)

Malory’s Arthur and the Politics of Chivalry

The jury is back and the verdict is in. In Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, a major reason the Round Table falls is that its political apparatus and the chivalric ethos in which that apparatus is grounded are inadequate for maintaining a stable kingdom.

Page from Beowulf, now at the British Library

Senses of the Past: The Old English Vocabulary of History

How did the Anglo-Saxons think about history?

The initial page of the Peterborough Chronicle, marked secondarily by the librarian of the Laud collection.

Reporting Scotland in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The aim of this paper is to explore the changing way in which the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports events in northern Britain, beyond the Anglo-Saxon territories, in the hope of gaining a better understanding both of events in that region and, perhaps more interestingly, the way in which the Chronicle was constructed.

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Financing the tribute to the Kingdom of Jerusalem: An urban tax in Damascus

After a brief introduction to legal taxation and Saljuq fiscal policy, the philological problems in the definition of a specific due, al-fissa, illegitimate according to the sharia, will be addressed along with its political function and history. This due was levied in Damascus for the tribute to the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

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Medieval Videos

Newport Medieval Ship in Context

The Newport Medieval Ship in Context: The Life and Times of a 15th Century Merchant Vessel Trading in Western Europe

This paper presents a summary of recent research into the broader economic, cultural and political world in which the Newport Medieval Ship was built and operated.

John Watt

Between Subjects and Citizens: the Commons of England, c. 1300-1550

The political, social and cultural conditions of later medieval England fostered a situation in which ordinary people could have remarkable political agency.

Mark King

Landlord of England, not King? Reinterpreting the Reign of Richard II

Mark King is a PhD student in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge working on the political history of Richard II’s reign.

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Medieval Books

Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

My book review of Robin Hood tale, Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson.

Book cover: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

BOOK REVIEW: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

While most books about Italy have been dedicated to tourist hubs like Milan, Florence, Rome, Sicily and Venice, Genoa with its rich history, rugged landscape, and tenacious residents, has been given only a passing mention.

The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

BOOK REVIEW: The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

Joanna Stafford, our intrepid ex-Dominican super sleuth is at it again. This time, she’s hurled straight into the midst of plotting and deception at Henry VIII’s court.

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Medieval Movies & TV

Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.

Movie Review: Tristan and Isolde

As far as medieval movies go, Tristan and Isolde definitely isn’t the worst I’ve seen. I was looking for a movie to watch after work, and I thought, hey, James Franco, Sophia Moyles, Henry Cavill, and Rufus Sewell, all directed by Ridley Scott?! – this can’t be that bad. Well, it was pretty bad, but it wasn’t the worst 2 hours of my life. So what went wrong?

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PREDATOR: Dark Ages

Watch medieval warriors take on the ultimate hunter in the galaxy in PREDATOR: Dark Ages!

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Movie Review: Knights of Badassdom

When the people behind Knights of Badassdom wanted us to promote the film, I asked if they wanted us to review it. They said no. After watching it, I can understand why.

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More Medieval History

by Master Jean de Mauléon (c.1535)

Cracking down on illegal gambling in Medieval Livonia

Just like their modern day counterparts, medieval cities had to deal with their own criminal underworlds – the sex trade, gambling, and violence taking place within their walls. At the International Medieval Congress, held earlier this month at the University of Leeds, these issues were explored as part of session #706: Perceiving and Regulating Vices.

Yeoman Warder speaking to a group of school children at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Represent London, lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

Imprisonment, Execution and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum

The final talk in Sesson #1041, Engaging the Public with the Medieval World, looked at what English children are being taught in school. How much medieval history is in the new programme that was released in September 2014? Megan Gooch, Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces breaks down the English system for us in her paper, ‘Imprisonment, Execution, and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum’.

To pardon or to punish? Children enjoying live stopped interpretation at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Past Pleasures.

Making the Castle a Home: Creating an Immersive Medieval World Using Live Costumed Interpreters

How does the use of unscripted, adaptive, historical interpretation boost the tourist experience? Right on the heels of our look at the Tower of London’s visitor engagement, we heard a paper from Lauren Johnson, Research Manager for Past Pleasures, the oldest historical interpretation company in the UK who educate and entertain the public at historical sites, museums, on stage and and on TV.

The White Tower of The Tower of London. Photo by Medievalists.net

‘But Where are the Dungeons?’: How to Engage the Public at the Tower of London

A talk about how historical sites, like the Tower of London engage the public. How to handle visitor expectations, what do people come t see and how to tell history in a captivating but accurate manner.

Medieval Children - Omne Bonum - Royal 6 E.VII, f.67v (det). Wiki Commons.

The Experience of Growing Up in Medieval Society

This session (#508) was one of several at Leeds devoted to exploring childhood in the Middle Ages. Our presenters talked about the stereotypes of adolescence, and what the coroner’s rolls revealed about the deaths (and lives) of medieval children.

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The Archer’s Loss: England’s War, Fate’s Arrows

As England crumbles, so does Thomas as he rails against the world which has snatched life and love away from him so savagely. The end of the 116 year struggle between old foes shall be the making and breaking of a boy yet to develop into a man….

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Book Review: The Iron King, by Maurice Druon

Touted by George R.R. Martin as the original Game of Thrones, Druon’s series has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity recently, and can be found in major bookstores.

New Medieval Historical Fiction

What’s New in Medieval Historical Fiction

Learn more about these books: See the Sister Fidelma mysteries Wikipedia entry Visit Gear-Gear.com, website for the authors Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear The Buried Giant review – Kazuo Ishiguro ventures into Tolkien territory – review by Tom Holland in The Guardian ‘The Invention of Fire’ is a thrillingly written 14th-century murder mystery […]

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Minecraft and the Middle Ages

It is one of the most popular video games ever created. Moreover, educators are finding ways to use Minecraft as a teaching tool, and one that could be ideal for learning about the Middle Ages.

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Gareth Hinds’ Beowulf

Dark and visceral, the graphic novel version of Beowulf created by Gareth Hinds is considered to be one of the most successful adaptations of the Old English tale.

An enormous model of Westminster abby. Made from Lego . Photo by Les Chatfield from Brighton, England

Using LEGO to teach the Middle Ages

Here are a few ideas that teachers can use to teach the Middle Ages with LEGO

Teaching Out of the Box

Teaching Out of the Box: Creating a Lesson about the Black Death

A team of teachers is challenged to produce an imaginative and exciting lesson on medieval history inspired by objects given to them in a box.

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