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Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World comes to the Getty

Outcasts: Prejudice & Persecution in the Medieval World, on view January 30—April 8, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, presents individual case studies that examine the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion.

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time – new exhibition comes to the Morgan Library

Drawing upon the rich holdings of the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, Now and Forever explores how people told time in the Middle Ages and what they thought about it.

Is the Bayeux Tapestry coming to Britain?

Reports suggest the Bayeux Tapestry – one of the most famous pieces of medieval art – will be loaned to the British Museum for several months.

York Minster’s Great East Window restoration completed

On 2 January 2018, the final panel in York Minster’s 600-year-old Great East Window was returned to the world-famous masterpiece, 10 years after all 311 panels were removed by York Glaziers Trust.

Research into Anglo-Saxon burials uncover new insights

Christine Cave, a PhD candidate at the Austrialian National University, has developed a new method for determining the age-of-death for skeletal remains based on how worn the teeth are.

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Medieval Articles

Stefan Nemanja: A Case Of Sacral Kingship

This PhD thesis investigates how the successors to the first ruler of an amalgamation of Serb lands, the Raškan Serb Veliki Župan, Stefan Nemanja, sought to create legitimacy for what otherwise may have been the passing successes of one local chieftain.

The Customary of the Royal Convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos: Female Liturgy, Female Scribes

This article explores the medieval customary of the royal convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos, a hitherto unpublished document of critical importance for the knowledge of one of the most emblematic institutions of medieval Castile.

A Will of their Own? Children’s Agency and Child Labour in Byzantium

This paper examines the relation between three concepts: a child’s will, children’s agency and child labour. This paper shows how these concepts were developed in Byzantine society in order to advance a religious agenda.

Mercantile Arithmetic in Renaissance Italy: A Translation and Study of Selected Passages from a Vernacular Abbaco Work

This essay is a study of a Renaissance Italian manuscript which has been published under the title Arte Giamata Aresmetica (‘The Art Called Arithmetic’).

The Inverse Perspective in Byzantine Painting

The inverse perspective is a method of representing spatial depth used only in Byzantine painting. It is different from Renaissance perspective. The inverse perspective, with two-dimensional axonometric representations, is more complex, offering multiple possibilities of symbolization.

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All about the Middle Ages

Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages

Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages: How did people stay warm? What did they eat? What did they do?

New Medieval Books: Iceland

Five new books for those interested in the sagas and society of Iceland during the Middle Ages.

A Medieval Cure for Baldness

Medieval men also worried about losing their hair. They could turn to Hildegard of Bingen to provide them with a cure for baldness.

Complaining about doctors in the 12th century

Doctors were around in the Middle Ages too, and according to one twelfth-century writer, many of them were failing their patients.

Old St. Paul’s Cathedral of London

It was the fourth church to be built on the site on Ludgate Hill and the presence of the shrine of St. Erkenwald made the church a pilgrimage site in medieval times.

30 Medieval Texts Translated in 2016

From biographies of the leading warriors to the grumbling of a government official, here are thirty medieval texts that have been translated in 2016.

5 Things to Pack in Your Medieval First Aid Kit

Here are five things that would have been a handy part of a medieval ‘first aid kit’ and that (incidentally) science is slowly proving can still be counted on to work in a pinch.

Medieval Academy of America Meeting – Day 3

The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America is taking place at the University of Notre Dame from March 12-14, 2015 – here are some of the tweets from the final day.

Why Medieval? with Scott Jenkins

My interest in medieval history first began during a random bout of insomnia. The BBC and Open University used to show documentaries into the wee small hours. Presumably to be recorded and watched by OU students. There was always something of interest to watch, or to help you fall asleep, on a vast array of […]

Hero or Villain?: Two views on Simon de Montfort, Crusade Leader

There is perhaps no better medieval example of the phase ‘Truth is in the eye of the beholder’ than these two versions of the death of Simon de Montfort, the leader of the crusaders during the Albigensian Crusade.

Medieval Crime and Punishment

Medieval Crime and Punishment deals with how criminal behavior was dealt with in the Middle Ages. All medieval societies had developed laws to deal with issues like murder, theft, treason and other crimes. A wide range of solutions emerged over time to keep social peace and deal with criminals and violent people. Articles on Medieval […]

New Medieval Books: Exploring the medieval world

Five new books that take you around the medieval world.

Why Medieval? with Kathryn Nitz Westburg

“Rolf stayed up all night preparing for the ceremony whereby he would become a Knight. It was a great honor that Tom would never experience. Tom would go to the castle tomorrow for a feast. When he finally arrived at the castle, he could hardly believe his eyes. He was surrounded by people in fine […]

Second Crusade

Articles about the Second Crusade: Do We Know What We Think We Know? Making Assumptions About Eleanor of Aquitaine, by RaGena C. DeAragon Looking Back on the Second Crusade: Some Late Twelfth-Century English Perspectives, by Peter Edbury The Origin of the Second Crusade, by George Ferzoco The “Wild Beast from the West”: Immediate Literary Reactions in […]

Medieval Videos

Science and the Future of the Human Past

Michael McCormick discusses how we can discover our ancestors and their lived experience, their successes and failures, and invent a new discipline, the Science of the Human Past.

Wood Culture and Technology in the Greenland Norse Society, 10th-15th Century

Despite a relatively poor wooded environment, well preserved archaeological collections show timbers were often used, suggesting Norse people in Greenland found multiple ways to acquire the wood they needed.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: The Anglo-Saxon World

Here are five (plus one) new books about Anglo-Saxon England.

New Medieval Books: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Celebrating the New Year by taking a look at these five new books on the Middle Ages.

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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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The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 3: No. 20): Issue 103: New Year

A behind the scenes look at the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibit, book suggestions for your 2018 Reading List, a closer look at the meaning of the Grail, a troubadour’s famous manuscript, a look at a new Tudor planner, and a review of King John.

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