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Discovery of Earliest Known Image of Pilgrims on the Road to Canterbury

Researchers have made a remarkable discovery of a stained glass panel picturing pilgrims travelling by horse and on foot to visit the tomb of archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. The newly discovered stained glass panel dates to the mid 1180s, less than twenty years after Becket’s death.

Free Online Course on the Book of Kells starts next month

A new, free, online course developed by Trinity College Dublin will allow learners worldwide to explore the history of Ireland through the remarkable Book of Kells — one of  the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts.

English medieval church restored to beauty after being abandoned for over 50 years

A medieval church dating back to the 13th century is reopening after an impressive campaign led by The Friends of Friendless Churches to restore it.

Medieval stone coffin discovered in England

Archaeologists working on the site of a former car park in the English town of Lincoln were surprised to have uncovered a medieval stone coffin.

Medieval coin hoard discovered in India

A hoard of 254 copper coins dating back to the 16th century were discovered northern India, officials announced this week.

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Medieval Articles

Waste Management and Attitudes Towards Cleanliness in Medieval Central Europe

The paper deals with the relationships between people and waste in the Middle Ages, primarily in urban environments in Central Europe.

What it Means to be a Son: Adam, Language, and Theodicy in a Ninth-Century Dispute

Al-Jāḥiẓ’s epistle entitled Refutation of the Christians (al-Radd ʿalā al-Naṣārā) contains an account of a dispute that took place between his teacher al-Naẓẓām (d.835-845), al-Jāḥiẓ himself, and a third unnamed mutakallim, tentatively identified by David Thomas as Aḥmad b. Ḥāʾiṭ (or Ḥābiṭ or Khāʾiṭ) a Muʿtazilī theologian who studied under al-Jāḥiẓ’s teacher, al-Naẓẓām

The Assassin’s Creed Curriculum: Video Games and the Middle Ages

Of the 25 most popular video games, several take place within a medieval, or pseudo medieval, setting, such as Skyrim, World of Warcraft and the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This paper argues that rather than being distractions, video games can offer academic medievalists an exciting opportunity

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All about the Middle Ages

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.

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Wales

Wales is home to some of the most fascinating castles on the British Isles – these medieval fortresses have fought over for hundreds of years and display some unique architectural heritage

Was this Castle built in the Middle Ages?

Here are ten castles from around Europe. Which ones were built in medieval times, and which ones were built in more modern times?

For the want of Emma: What if the Vikings had won the Battle of Stamford Bridge?

If you could alter history, change one subtle event, what would you pick? For a Viking fan, the answer might be as simple as it is iconic.

Review: The Last Kingdom – Episodes 1 and 2

Would the BBC version be true to the novel or just Game of Thrones lite?

From Vinland to Valhalla, From Saga to Manga

The works in focus are Vinland saga, an ongoing manga series created by Makoto Yukimura, and Valhalla, a Danish comics series that can be traced back to the 1970s.

‘By/On the Hand of an Ape’: Monkey-Men and Ape Falconers

The monkey falconer was a popular motif in illuminated medieval manuscript marginalia and apes and birds share a ‘sympathetic’ connection,

Castle for Sale in France: Château-sur-Epte Castle

This Anglo-Norman castle was built at the turn of the twelfth-century, and was on the front lines in the wars between England and France in the Middle Ages. Now a picturesque ruin, this would be a historian’s dream!

Lacklustre “Last Knights” – Movie Review

My review of this disappointing venture featuring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

Medieval Song of Summer: Sumer is Icumen In!

One of the most famous pieces of music that has survived is a Middle English song about summer.

Which Medieval Battle Role Would You Be Given?

This test allows you to discover which role on a medieval battlefield you would be given.

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.

Which Famous Museum Are You?

They contain national treasures, priceless artworks and prehistoric artifacts; which of these museums of the world are you?

Castle for Sale in Australia: Waterstone Castle

Waterstone Castle is approved as a Bed and Breakfast. The majestic home has 6 bedrooms, three bathrooms, lots of natural light, indoor water feature fernery and native gardens. The large kitchen is well set up to cater for the family gatherings or full Bed and Breakfast operation. The kitchen also features an island bench, walk […]

My Top 5 Medieval Books of 2015

2015 was a great year for books on Medievalists.net, and 2016 promises to be better. Of all the books I read over the past twelve months, these five books were my favourite reads of 2015.

Medieval Videos

A Singular and Plural Beast

In the early Middle Ages, the pig was a caricature for greed, dirt, and disorder (and not much has changed).

Medieval Youtube: Sweet sounds and how to fight like you were in the Middle Ages

Our monthly roundup of videos, including music, fighting and Sweden’s largest medieval festival.

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Medieval Books

Book Reviews: Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James / Four Ghost Stories

Medieval historians know M.R. James primarily as the compiler of many catalogues of Cambridge manuscripts and as the translator of New Testament apocrypha, but he was also the author of several collections of ghost stories

For the want of Emma: What if the Vikings had won the Battle of Stamford Bridge?

If you could alter history, change one subtle event, what would you pick? For a Viking fan, the answer might be as simple as it is iconic.

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Medieval Movies & TV

Medieval Movie Review: Outlaw King

Although it sticks to the medieval film playbook – mud, blood, and a bit of romance – it’s in the details that Outlaw King stands out, giving Robert the Bruce’s fight for independence a uniquely Scottish air.

Robin Hood, King Arthur, and Hollywood’s Problem with Public Domain Properties

Why does Hollywood keep making Robin Hood and King Arthur movies even though no one cares about them?

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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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