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How to touch, smell and taste a ‘deconstructed’ medieval manuscript

A unique opportunity to experience a medieval manuscript as a sensory experience is currently taking place at the University of Leicester.

Digital Mappa 1.0 now online – new digital resource for medievalists

A new digital humanities resource has been launched by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, geared to the medieval studies community to create research workspaces, editions, scholarship, collaboration and open access publications.

Going beyond medieval times to explore early worlds

The Early Worlds Initiative—an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Rochester—aims to help faculty, researchers, students, and even the general public delve deeper into this complex and intriguing field.

Volcanic eruptions in the 6th century plunged Eurasia into hunger and disease

A recent study indicates that volcanic eruptions in the mid 500s resulted in an unusually gloomy and cold period, and that the years 536 and 541-544 CE were very difficult for many people.

Call for Papers: Migrants and Refugees in the Law

International conference which will take place in Murcia, Spain, on December 12-14, 2018

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Medieval Articles

Theories of the Soul vs. Medical Knowledge: Averroës as an Authority in Thirteenth-Century France

The intellectual florescence of thirteenth-century France, and Paris in particular, was vibrant, yet it confronted scholastic thinkers with a range of both new and continuing problems.

The Legendary Topography of the Viking Settlement of Iceland

This paper focuses on Icelanders’ myth of origin as presented in the various Landnámabók redactions, and explores how a largely fictional medieval text can assert ownership and control over territory, and ultimately contribute to the creation of a legendary topography.

In the Wake of Death: Socioeconomic Effects of the Black Death in Medieval England

In the years following the plague, as peasants and merchants gained more economic freedom, tensions grew between lower and upper classes of society as the upper classes stood to lose their status and way of life.

Maiden warriors in Old Norse Literature

In the Old Norse literature, the term ‘shieldmaiden’ (Skjaldmær in Icelandic) tends to be used with reference to a Viking woman warrior

Imperium et Credo: Frankish-Byzantine Rivalry over Leadership of the Roman-Christian Credo-State in the Ninth Century

The years 869-871 saw the onset of the last major diplomatic dispute between the two great powers of Christendom, the Franks in Western Europe and the Byzantines in the East. Louis

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All about the Middle Ages

The Strange Death of Richard the Lionhearted

Why did Richard I, a seasoned and expert warrior, expose himself to a bowman’s shot?

How Well Do You Know The Eighth Century?

From Charlemagne to the Abbasids – ten questions on people and events from the eighth century.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain, by James Turner

An ebook from Medievalists.net

Castle for Sale in Scotland: Cavers Castle

Although now in ruins, this 15th century tower house located in the Scottish borderlands was once an impressive home.

Which medieval scholar would you study under?

It’s back to school, and with these six questions you can figure which famous medieval scholar you should study under!

The Medieval Magazine: The Book of Kells (Issue 49)

This week we take a look at The Book of Kells, one of the greatest manuscripts of the Middle Ages. Learn more about medieval Ireland, as well as sleeping in the Middle Ages and an Anglo-Saxon princess.

New Richard III Art Exhibit Opens Today

Renowned Leicester artist exhibit of the reinterment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral opens today

Bread in the Middle Ages

Bread was the staple of life in the Middle Ages. You could also be called a heretic or go insane if you ate the wrong one. Includes medieval bread recipes.

Books – Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdoms by Emily Murdoch

A look at author Emily Murdoch’s book, Conquests, from her series, ‘Conquered Hearts’

Medieval Myth-Busting at the Movies

The five of the most common myths about the Middle Ages from the movies, busted.

UNESCO Heritage Sites

In 2009, UNESCO released a series of videos promoting the heritage sites on its World Heritage List – hundreds of locations around the world have been designated UNESCO Heritage Sites, including dozens that date from the Middle Ages. The videos, each about two to three minutes long, provide a short guide to the these cities, […]

The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 4: No. 3): Issue 105: Valentine’s Day

The Valentine’s Issue!: Love in the Middle Ages, Teutonic Knights, Tudor medicine, and much, much more!

The Ideal Medieval Hospital: St. John of Jerusalem

Let’s take five minutes to look at what may be the most famous hospital of the Middle Ages: The Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

The Prior, the Prioress, and the Kidnappers

Monks were deserting their pastoral posts and in some cases their vows altogether; nuns were having covert affairs with local men and—worse—getting caught.

Medieval Videos

The Codex Faenza and the Tradition of Improvisation

Laura Osterlund lecture on, and performance of, the music in the Codex Faenza.

How Law Was Taught at a Medieval University

Jason A. Brown focus on a medieval manuscript to show how law was taught in medieval universities.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: Suger and Blood

Looking for something medieval to read? Here are five new books about the Middle Ages to check out…

Reading Recommendations for a Marvellous Medieval Summer

In preparation for summer reading, Natalie Anderson shares some of her favourite works of medieval historical fiction.

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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. 109: PILGRIMAGE

We look at medieval and modern pilgrimage in this issue, from the perils of travel, to the popular destinations, to souvenirs and salvation.

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