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Did brown bears become extinct in Britain during the early Middle Ages?

“Most of the remains that have been discovered from the Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon (early medieval) periods relate to skins that were included in burials”

Fifth-century mosaics offer clues on life in a medieval Jewish village

“The mosaics decorating the floor of the Huqoq synagogue revolutionize our understanding of Judaism in this period”

7 Medieval Sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has added seven more sites dating from the Middle Ages to its World Heritage List. The committee met earlier this week in Bahrain, where they inscribed 19 sites in total.

Bayeux Tapestry set to be on display in the UK in 2022

The British government has announced that Bayeux Tapestry is a step closer to returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in almost a thousand years.

Digitization and putting back together a 1,200 year old manuscript

It was a sensational discovery, when in 2012 fragments of the 1,200-year-old parchment were rediscovered in a box. The original was cut up in the 18th century and used as covers for other books. Six years ago, the fragments were found in the library of Admont Abbey and its value was recognised.

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Medieval Articles

Book prices and monetary issues in Renaissance Europe

Was the price expressed in money of account or in coined money? In domestic or foreign currency? Is it possible to relate two prices expressed in different currencies?

The Goat and the Cathedral – Archaeology of Folk Religion in Medieval Turku

This paper introduces three cases of material signs of folk religion that archaeologists have discovered in the medieval soil layers of Turku

Scoundrels, Dogs and Heathens: Christian Mercenaries in the Almohad Caliphate, 1121-1269

This article examines the complex phenomena of the Farfan, a Christian knight serving a Muslim ruler during the religious wars of 13th century Iberia.

Voyagers in the Vault of Heaven: The Phenomenon of Ships in the Sky in Medieval Ireland and Beyond

This paper explores the phenomenon of ships voyaging in the sky. Such fantastical sightings are considered primarily in an early medieval Irish context, but evidence from places as widely separated in time and place as thirteenth-century England and eighteenth-century Canada is also addressed.

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All about the Middle Ages

Medieval Back-to-School Shopping List

In the Middle Ages, students entering university had to gather together materials, too, before they headed off to places sometimes very far from home like Oxford University, the University of Salerno, or the University of Paris. Here’s a list of five things that would be on a medieval back-to-school shopping list.

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

We go from Labyrinths to Snowballs – over forty images found on Twitter this week!

How young William Marshal was saved from being catapulted into a castle

Word came of this to his father,
but he said that he did not care
about the child, since he still had
the anvils and hammers
to produce even finer ones.

Quiz: Strange Moments in History

Sometimes fact can be stranger than fiction and history is littered with strange tales of woe, mirth and the bizarre. Can you separate fact from fantasy in these 20 questions?

New Medieval Books: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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

The Secret Attack on Gallipoli in 1473

During the Venetian-Ottoman wars, a group of seven men attempted a secret attack on the Ottoman base at Gallipoli. The attack did not go completely as planned…

Which Of The Seven Kingdoms Do You Belong To?

Take this quiz and find out where you’d live in Westeros…unless you’re part of the Night’s Watch of course.

Leafing through your favourite medieval facsimiles from your own desk

The Take a Break from the Present video series will take you on an exciting journey at the discovery of ancient illuminated books.

Topping Off a Tournament

In the tournament, a crest was an unusual and eye-catching piece of a knight’s equipment.

Medieval London Quiz

How well do you know your way around medieval London? Try this quiz of various sites around England’s largest city.

Tullaun Castle in Ireland

In 2007 Sonja and Kevin Bergin purchased Tullaun Castle in North Tipperary, Ireland. Tullaun Castle is a Gaelic four-storey tower house that is believed to have been built in the mid 1500s. The couple have begun conservation and restoration work in hopes to bring the castle back to its former glory. They have also recently […]

Did Marco Polo go to Alaska?

A set of documents, brought to United States by an Italian immigrant, may reveal new details about Marco Polo’s travels in Asia, including that he possibly explored and mapped Alaska.

What was the Black Death?

What was the Black Death? This feature details the latest news, articles, videos and more resources on the plague that struck in the medieval world in the 14th century

Beef and Pork in the Middle Ages

Learn 10 things about the history of beef and pork in the Middle Ages

French Castle for Sale in the Loire Valley

Chateau de Chanzé 11th century medieval castle Near Angers, France Price: 2 370 000 Euros (negotiable) This French castle, which dates back to the 11th century, sits on five hectares of land and is currently operated as a bed and breakfast inn and restaurant. The property comes with four cottages that house up to 14 […]

Medieval Videos

The Story of Durham Cathedral in LEGO

Durham Cathedral has created this wonderful set of videos – using LEGO – to tell their medieval story.

Writing the Life of Charlemagne

For the last few years I have been really preoccupied with writing a biography of Charles, King of the Franks, born in 748, King of the Franks in 768, died 813. So I’m going to spend the next little bit talking about biographies and Charles as a subject of them.

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Medieval Books

“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.

Book Review: Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

Beyond its incredible, stunning pictures, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders by Sherry C.M. Lindquist and Asa Simon Mittman, explores the medieval love of monsters in all their glory and complexity in a book that transcends its purpose as an accompaniment to an exhibit – it’s a book in which to lose yourself in your love of medieval manuscripts.

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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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