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Heatwave reveals medieval road in England

Keele University scientists have discovered a road created by the Knights Templar after the recent heatwave exposed the long-hidden foundations.

Call for Papers: Reconstituting the Middle Ages: using medieval sources to recover the material past

Call for papers for a session at the 2019 International Medieval Congress

New video game aims to take players back to the 7th century

A new Kickstarter campaign is underway to help support the launch of Knights of Light, a historical action RPG set in Middle East.

Polish archaeologists discover medieval graves in Sicily

Polish archaeologists discovered 800 year-old burials during excavations near the medieval church of San Michele del Golfo near Palermo in Sicily. According to the scientists, the graves could belong to the Normans, descendants of the Vikings.

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Medieval Articles

Recording Miracles in Renaissance Italy

This essay has surveyed the changing form of Renaissance Italian ex-votos, and the ways in which they were compiled and conserved in a variety of shrines across the peninsula, in order to argue that votive offerings came to function as archives of the miraculous.

Nuremberg’s Noble Servant: Werner von Parsberg (d. 1455) between Town and Nobility in Late Medieval Germany

Through this appreciation of the factors supporting town–noble cooperation in the late Middle Ages we are better able to understand the formation and development of the dialectic of town and nobility as a way of understanding German society.

Ancient DNA reveals the chronology of walrus ivory trade from Norse Greenland

These results reveal a significant shift in trade from an early, predominantly eastern source towards a near exclusive representation of Greenland ivory.

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All about the Middle Ages

Medieval University

The Medieval University was a system of higher education that emerged in western Europe during the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

Can you solve these Anglo-Saxon Riddles?

Here are ten riddles from Aldhelm’s Enigmata. See if you can figure out the answers

Cat Pics from the Middle Ages

August 8th is International Cat Day! We thought Medievalist.net should do something to commemorate this day and let you know that cat pics existed in the Middle Ages as well.

The Great Wind of 1362

Some of the most vivid accounts we have from the Middle Ages are those that detail calamities and natural disasters. Such was the case when a massive winter storm struck northwestern Europe on January 15, 1362. In England this event would be called ‘The Great Wind’.

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.

Medieval swimming – from the Good to the Scared

The extent of summer swimming in medieval Europe is a fairly open question. We know that some people certainly could swim, although the skill was rare enough to be remarked.

Buried Alive with an Undead Corpse! A Medieval Tale

A medieval tale from northern Europe tells the story of Asmund, who gets buried alive. His friend then rises from the dead!

Medieval Animal Trials

Why were animals put on trial – for murder or for eating crops – in the Middle Ages?

How Well Do You Know The History of Westeros?

You win or you die.

Isabelle of Angoulême: Jezebel of the Middle Ages?

Matthew Paris said that, ‘she ought to be called a wicked Jezebel, rather than Isabel.’

Which Invader Of Britain Are You Descended From?

Roman, Saxon, Norman or Viking? Find out your real British Heritage :)

More Witches, Monsters, Beasties: A Day at the National Gallery with the London Drawing Group

Part 2 of Minjie Su’s trip to the National Gallery in London.

23 Medieval Uses for Rosemary

In the Middle Ages, Rosemary was considered a wonder plant, which could be used to treat many illnesses and keep you healthy. One 14th century writer found 23 uses for it, including keeping your hair beautiful and preventing nightmares!

When St Andrews was the heart of medieval Scotland

Medieval St Andrews provides a pathway to an increased understanding of the medieval world.

New Medieval Books: Hocus pocus

We add a little magic to this week’s list of new books about the Middle Ages.

Medieval Videos

Medieval Youtube: From Mudlarking to the Bell

Eleven more videos from the last month(ish), telling you all about the Middle Ages.

“A translator is not free”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Guidelines for Translation and Their Application in Sir Orfeo

While bemoaning his struggles with translating the Middle English poem “Pearl,” Tolkien declared to his aunt, Jane Neave, that ‘a translator is not free”: but he neglected to delineate the specific rules by which he believed translators were shackled.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: From Crusaders to Devils

Our latest collection of new books about the Middle Ages…

“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.

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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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