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Archives for December 2008

Tambralinga’s Long Thirteenth Century and the Southeast Asian Commercial Boom

Tambralinga’s Long Thirteenth Century and the Southeast Asian Commercial Boom By Fukami Sumio XIV International Economic History Congress (2006) Introduction: My present research focus is the reconstruction of the history of the Strait of Malacca region prior to the establishment of the Kingdom of Melaka (Malacca) in approximately 1400. Chinese texts are the most useful tools for this […]

The Confrontation of the Persian Gulf Commercial Emirates in the Thirteenth Century

The Confrontation of the Persian Gulf Commercial Emirates in the Thirteenth Century By Seyed Hossain Barshan XIV International Economic History Congress (2006) Introduction: The sea state of Fars is consisted of the islands that from the area of Indus to Oman and Persian Gulf have been continued. The civil life has not been created in many of the […]

“Bad to the bone”? The Unnatural History of Monstrous Medieval Whales

The image of the monstrous whale pervades most medieval textual traditions on cetaceans, but historians have not explored the impact of these cultural perceptions on the use of whales in the medieval world. This paper considers how concepts of the monstrous whale impacted, if at all, the use of whales in the medieval North Atlantic.

Anglo-Saxon whale exploitation : some evidence from Dengemarsh, Lydd, Kent

Anglo-Saxon whale exploitation : some evidence from Dengemarsh, Lydd, Kent By Mark Gardiner, John Stewart and Greg Priestley-Ball Medieval Archaeology, Vol.42 (1998) Introduction: There is very little evidence for the hunting of whales in early medieval England. The near silence of English sources contrasts, however, with the numerous references to the practice in Continental Europe dating […]

Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic

Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic By Vicki Ellen Szabo Published by Brill (Series: The Northern World), 2008 ISBN: 978 90 04 16398 0 Medieval people viewed whales in complex and contradictory ways, from marvelous to monstrous to mundane, heaven-sent or hell-bent. Despite this, whales are conspicuous in their absence […]

A rural medieval settlement in Roxburghshire: excavations at Springwood Park, Kelso, 1985-6

A rural medieval settlement in Roxburghshire: excavations at Springwood Park, Kelso, 1985-6 Dixon, Piers with contributions by J D Bateson, L Bown, B Ford, D Grove, S Nye, J Turner, A Welfare & C Wickham-Jones Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128(1998), 671-751 ABSTRACT Few medieval rural settlements have been identified or excavated […]

The archaeology of Elgin: excavations on Ladyhill and in the High Street, with an overview of the archaeology of the burgh

The archaeology of Elgin: excavations on Ladyhill and in the High Street, with an overview of the archaeology of the burgh Hall, D.W. ADS MacDonald, D R Perry & J Terry  Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 753-829 ABSTRACT Part 1 of this paper presents the results of excavations on Ladyhill […]

Dogs, cats and horses in the Scottish medieval town

This paper is concerned with three domesticated species — the dog, cat and horse — and reviews the nature of their relationships with town dwellers.

Interview with Vicki Ellen Szabo

Vicki Szabo is an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University.  After receiving her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University, Dr. Szabo continued her research on the medieval North Atlantic, the history of whaling, and environmental history.   Her latest book is Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic. 1. You begin […]

Iron-working in medieval Perth: a case of town and country?

Iron-working in medieval Perth: a case of town and country? Effie Photos-Jones & John A Atkinson Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 887-904 ABSTRACT The established view of urban medieval iron-working in Scotland is that urban smiths depended on rural bloomeries for the supply of processed raw materials. This view is challenged […]

Carrick Castle: symbol and source of Campbell power in south Argyll from the 14th to the 17th century

Carrick Castle: symbol and source of Campbell power in south Argyll from the 14th to the 17th century Ewart, Gordon & Baker, Fiona Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 937-1016 ABSTRACT An intermittent series of archaeological investigations was conducted at Carrick Castle, over a 10-year period, in tandem with repair and […]

A late medieval hall-house at Uttershill Castle, Penicuik, Midlothian

A late medieval hall-house at Uttershill Castle, Penicuik, Midlothian Alexander, Derek, Nicholas Q Bogdan & Jon Grounsell Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128(1998), 1017-1046 ABSTRACT This report presents the results of an integrated study of Uttershill Castle, Penicuik, undertaken in advance of a proposed restoration programme. Documentary research was combined with detailed architectural survey […]

Murder in the Abbey

Murder in the Abbey Developed by Alcachofa Soft in 2008 for the PC Also called The Abbey this game is set in the world of the Middle Ages. An old abbey is the scene of a series of mysterious murders, and only one man can put a stop to the slaughter. You play the role of Leonardo, a […]

Islam and Europe — Sites of Conflict

Islam and Europe — Sites of Conflict Lecture by David Wasserstein 57 Minutes Given in 2008 at Vanderbilt University Why has the encounter between Islam and Europe so often gone so disastrously wrong? Was it inevitable? Can things improve? David Wasserstein, professor of history and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University, discusses these issues.  Professor Wasserstein has […]

Women’s Property Rights in Islamic Law and the Debate over Islamic Economic Performance

Women’s Property Rights in Islamic Law and the Debate over Islamic Economic Performance By Maya Shatzmiller XIV International Economic History Congress (2006) Synopsis: Using court records from 15th century Granada, the author examines the issue of property rights for Muslim women during the Middle Ages, and its role in the overall economy of Islamic lands. Click here […]

Muslim Responses to the Sanctity of the Temple Mount: Anti-Jewish and Christian Polemics

Muslim Responses to the Sanctity of the Temple Mount: Anti-Jewish and Christian Polemics By Jacob Lassner 45 Minutes Given at Northwestern University on May 4, 2005 Part of the conference on Jerusalem, City of Three Faiths: Histories of the Past, Present and Future, this lecture examines the medieval Muslim response to Jewish veneration of the […]

Borderline Sanctity: Dorothea of Montau, Günter Grass, and Pope Benedict XVI

Borderline Sanctity: Dorothea of Montau, Günter Grass, and Pope Benedict XVI Lecture by David Wallace 1 Hour, 3 Minutes Given at Case Western University, November 30, 2007 Examines the life of Dorothea of Montau, a hermitess and visionary of fourteenth century Germany. After centuries of veneration in Central Europe, she was canonized in 1976.

A Catholic Antigone: An Episode in the Life of Hildegard of Bingen

A Catholic Antigone: An Episode in the Life of Hildegard of Bingen Lecture by Athol Fugard 1 Hour, 28 Minutes Given at the University of California in 2007 Athol Fugard, the distinguished South African playwright, has recently completed a play about Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth century German abbess, mystic, naturalist, composer, and author, who is […]

Faith Taking Shape: Early Christianity and the Arts

Faith Taking Shape: Early Christianity and the Arts Lecture by Thomas F. Noble 42 minutes Given on September 6, 2008 at the University of Notre Dame God told Moses not to make “graven images,” and although it would seem logical that Christianity would not have developed figural arts, around the year 300, writers began to […]

Before and Beyond Modernism: Icons as Art

Before and Beyond Modernism: Icons as Art Lecture by Charles E. Barber 1 Hour, 12 Minutes Given on November 22, 2008 at Syracuse University The icon is both ubiquitous and a highly successful medium for religious art with visual qualities that appear archaic and strange. Yet, it also embodies the comfort of a timeless tradition and […]

Stronghold Crusader Extreme

Released by Firefly Studios in 2008 Stronghold Crusader Extreme takes the addictive Crusader gameplay to a new level. Featuring massive battles, new outposts and tactical powers to master, Extreme carries on from where Crusader left off. The all new Extreme trail will provide a stiff challenge to any hardened Crusader player. For those new to […]

Europa Universalis III: In Nomine

Released in 2008 by Paradox Interactive Europa Universalis III, which delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy, is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis gives […]

Utopia and the Middle Ages in Popular Culture: A Reading of Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven

In our case, the film Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott and released by Twentieth-Century Fox in 2005, has its source in an original screenplay by the American author William Monahan

Transferring Technical Knowledge and Innovating in Europe, c.1200-c.1800

Transferring Technical Knowledge and Innovating in Europe, c.1200-c.1800 By Stephen Epstein XIV International Economic History Congress (2006) Introduction: The role of technology in the transition from premodern, ‘Malthusian’ to modern economies in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe is among the major questions in economic history, but it is still poorly understood. In particular, the view that technological […]

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