Medieval News

A case of blood vengeance from 1,000 years ago

Skull slashed by a sword and palm bones from approximately 1,000 years ago discovered in a cave in the Jerusalem hills.

Medieval astronomical manuscript acquired by the University of Pennsylvania

“Our manuscripts show practical knowledge, knowledge from antiquity carried through to the Middle Ages, and this is a great manuscript to further strengthen that aspect of our collection.”

The Copenhageners from 1,000 years ago

‘Were these the first Copenhageners? Did they come from the east, or were they born in the area? Did they live in a small village or a larger, active urban community? I really want to know who they were’,

The Middle Ages well-represented in The Cambridge History of Ireland

Cambridge University Press has come out with its major new survey of Irish history. Known as The Cambridge History of Ireland, this four-volume work tracks the island from the year 600 AD to the present-day.

Why hasn’t an earthquake toppled the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the Tower to the verge of collapse, can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events.

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Medieval Articles

Living with Medieval Things: Why We Need a Global Medieval Archaeology

This essay argues for the critical relevance of medieval material culture to contemporary politics, and for the necessity of an engaged global medieval archaeology.

‘I watch it for historic reasons.’ Representation and reception of the Middle Ages in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

This article aims to analyse several ideas of the Middle Ages that inspired HBO’s TV show Game of Thrones (HBO 2011-), based on George R. R. Martin’s ongoing series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-).

From reformed barbarian to “saint-king”: literary portrayals of King Malcolm III Canmore (r. 1058-93) in Scottish historical narratives, c. 1100- 1449

It examines how King Malcolm went from being considered a barbaric king of Scots reformed by the influence of his second wife, Saint Margaret of Scotland (d. 1093), to the Scottish prince exiled in England by Macbeth (r. 1040-1057/8).

Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England, 1216

The large French expeditionary force that landed in England in May 1216 allied with baronial rebels against King John to divide the country for eighteen months. For a year the French occupied and ruled the richest one-third of England, including the capital, London.

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All about the Middle Ages

Vikings and the Dark Ages seen through Continental comics

Medieval ink-heroes from France!

Celebrating the New Year, Medieval Style

A look at New Year’s in the Middle Ages.

How to Murder a Byzantine Emperor

Three tales of murder from the Byzantine court.

Quiz: Can You Name the Location of These Churches?

Which city are these famous churches located? It’s a mix of medieval and non-medieval, so beware for some difficult ones!

Medium and the Middle Ages

Take a look at 15 articles on the Middle Ages that you can find on

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

In this week’s edition, we bring you over 20 images, including how babies are born, illustrations of the moon, and St. Michael hard at work slaying evil!

Places to See: London in 7 Drinks

Can you tell history through a pint? Or a cup of coffee perhaps? According to Dr. Matthew Green you can. The historian and author turned his passion for history into Unreal City Audio: London Walking Tours.

Digital Media and Medieval Studies Workshop at the International Medieval Congress

We at are proud to announce that we will be delivering a workshop at the 2016 International Medieval Congress

Which Woman Would You Be in King Arthur’s Court?

The legendary days of King Arthur were full of love and betrayal, loyalty and ambition, violence and intrigue. Which woman would you have been in Arthurian times? Take the test and find out!

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

This week we were among the 200,000 people who found @MedievalReacts on Twitter. Here are some of our favourites from his tweets, and many others who made use of the Middle Ages.

A Guide to the Domesday Book

A guide to the Domesday Book, one of the most fascinating set of records from the Middle Ages.

Must-see objects at the Bodleian Treasures

This exhibition contains 21 pairs of carefully selected items. Most of these are manuscripts, but there are also a few other objects; together, they feature some of the Bodleian Libraries’ best collections.

Which Chinese Emperor Are You?

Take this quiz to see which Ming or Qing emperor you are most similar to.

Medieval Videos

History from the Bottom Up

Betsy Dominguez shares her story of uncovering profane artwork in a sacred space, and explores its meaning, raising questions about modern censorship and the ever-growing divide between “high” and “low” concepts.

Medieval Youtube: From saving manuscripts to pee jokes

Our latest roundup of videos found over the last month on Youtube that will be a delight to medievalists.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: People, Towns, Nations, and … Murder

Five books that might belong on your bookshelf…

The Middle Ages well-represented in The Cambridge History of Ireland

Cambridge University Press has come out with its major new survey of Irish history. Known as The Cambridge History of Ireland, this four-volume work tracks the island from the year 600 AD to the present-day.

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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. 110: THE RISE OF THE MEDIEVAL CITY

In this issue, we focus on cities. From Barcelona, to Constantinople, to Bologna, we cover marriage, trade, slavery, and foundation stories. Take a trip with us around the world and learn about the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the medieval city.

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