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Archives for September 2008

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An Interview with Christopher Dinsdale, author of Stolen Away

An Interview with Christopher Dinsdale, author of Stolen Away Stolen Away is the second book written by Christopher Dinsdale.  Aimed at younger readers, it gives the story of Keira, who was kidnapped from Ireland by Vikings, and now lives as a slave in legendary Vinland. Two native bands, the Beothuck and the Thule, are also […]

Interview with Natalie Zemon Davis

Natalie Zemon Davis is a Professor of History (Emeritus) at Princeton University and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.

Interview with Florin Curta

Florin Curta is the Associate Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida.  After working as an archaeologist in Romania, Florin did his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University.  He has written dozens of articles and several books, focusing on southeastern Europe.  For more information about him, and to read several of his […]

Interview with János Bak, Central European Medieval Texts Series

János Bak is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University (CEU), in Budapest.  He is also one of the General Editors of the Central European Medieval Text Series, which consists of narrative sources on medieval Bohemia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and their neighboring countries.  Each volume contains the Latin (or medieval vernacular) […]

Sources on the First Crusade: Insights from Three Editors

In the last few months we have seen three important accounts of the First Crusade.  Each text offers new perspectives on the pilgrimage/campaign/movement that conquered Jerusalem in 1099.  To mark this occasion, we have interviewed the scholars who have prepared the editions/translations of these texts.  They are: Carol Sweetenham is an Associate Research Fellow at […]

Enamel Defects, Well-being and Mortality in a Medieval Danish Village

Biological anthropologists are in the unique position of being able to analyze human skeletal remains in order to reconstruct health, nutrition, environmental stress, disease and mortality experiences, in past populations. Skeletal assemblages have the potential to tell us about many types of individuals – rich, poor, male, female, young, old, healthy and sick.

Brian Boru: King, High-King, and Emperor of the Irish

This dissertation studies the career of Brian ‘Bórumha’ mac Cennétig from its beginning with his election to the kingship of his ancestral kingdom of Dál Cais in 976 until his death as the high-king of Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Expositiones sequentiarum: Medieval Sequence Commentaries and Prologues. Editions with Introductions

The sequence commentary, part of the vast commentary literature of the Middle Ages, emerged in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as a new field for writing expositions on liturgical poetry. It is, however, a genre that has been practically neglected by modern research.

The Birka Warrior: the material culture of a martial society

The warriors from Birka’s Garrison had a share in the martial development of contemporary Europe but with their own particular traits.

Animals in an Urban Context. A Zooarchaeological study of the Medieval and Post-Medieval town of Turku

This study aims to reveal what the role and importance of the different animal species in Turku was. This question is studied through the osteological data and documentary evidence, from the medieval to the post‐medieval period and from an urban‐rural perspective.

Clothing in Medieval Europe

The following is a powerpoint presentation that examines how clothing was worn in the Middle Ages.  It deals with the clothing worn by different classes and in different parts of Europe, the influence of the church, the Black Death, and the growing differentiation between mens and womens clothing. 2 Medieval View SlideShare presentation or Upload […]

Medieval Architecture and the New Media: Representing and Creating Knowledge in Cyberspace

Medieval Architecture and the New Media: Representing and Creating Knowledge in Cyberspace Lecture by Stephen Murray Given on November 4, 2003 Stephen Murray is Professor of Medieval Art and Gothic Architecture at Columbia University.  Here he speaks on how medieval architecture, equipped with its painted sculpture and colorful stained glass, provided the three-dimensional virtual reality of […]

The idea of paradigm in church history: the notion of papal monarchy in the thirteenth century, from Innocent III to Boniface VIII

The three works of medieval history most clearly connected with the paradigm concept are Willemien Otten,’s From Paradise to Paradigm: A Study of Twelfth- Century Humanism and the essay collections Paradigms in Medieval Thought Applications and Medieval Paradigms.

Norman and Anglo-Norman Participation in the Iberian Reconquista c.1018 – c.1248

Norman and Anglo-Norman Participation in the Iberian Reconquista c.1018 – c.1248 By Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal PhD thesis, University of Nottingham (2007) Abstract: This thesis covers the Norman and Anglo-Norman contribution to the Iberian Reconquista from the early eleventh to the mid-thirteenth centuries. It explores the involvement of these groups as part of the changing ideas of Holy War and their transformation […]

The Middle Ages as Fantasy

Discusses the famous writers J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and the influence of medievalism on their storytelling.

Nicholas Cusanus as Prince-Bishop of Brixen (1450-64)

The impressive accomplishments of Nicolaus Cusanus make him one of the most important personalities of the fifteenth century.

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