Articles and Theses posted in November 2008

Here is the list of articles posted on the website in November 2008:

Architectural representation in late medieval manuscript illumination

Figural representation in early Islamic Art

Were the Roman catacombs abandoned in the ninth century AD?

“Necessity the Mother of Invention” in early medieval enamel

The rise and decline of Italian city-states

Regional fairs, institutional innovation and economic growth in late medieval Europe

The textile industry and the foreign cloth trade in late medieval Sicily (1300-1500): a “colonial relationship”?’

Megastructures of the Middle Ages: The Construction of Religious Buildings in Europe and Asia, c.1000-1500

Moving machine-makers. The circulation of knowledge on machine-building in China and Europe between c.1400 and the early 19th century

Bede’s Mapping of England

Some observations on mid-to-late medieval domestic planning in England

Ottonian Aristocratic Portraiture: A Reflection of the Ruling Institution through the Liturgical Arts

Practice versus Theory: Medieval Materia Medica according to the Cairo Genizah

Light in the Dark Ages

A Foundation of Western Ophthalmology in Medieval Islamic Medicine

Kingship in Malory’s Morte Darthur and the Scots Lancelot of the Laik

Clothing Bodies, Dressing Rooms: Fashioning Fecundity in The Lisle Letters

Philosophy and Metaphor: The Significance of Christine’s ‘Blunders’

The Proverbial Heart of Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða: Mér þykkir þar heimskum manni at duga, sem þú ert

A charter of William the Conqueror and two of his sons

Five charters concerning the early history of the chapter at Avranches

Matilda, countess of the Perche (1171-1210): the expression of authority in name, style and seal

Howard’s Idea and the Idea of Hypertext

Sports Spectators from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Sports of the Byzantine Empire

German Tournament Regulations in the 15th Century

Sports and Recreations in Thirteenth-Century England: The evidence of the Eyre and Coroners’ Rolls

Sport and Social Hierarchy in Medieval England

The Medieval Tournament: A Functional Sport of the Upper Class

Observations upon a Scene in the Bayeux Tapestry, the Battle of Hastings and the Military System of the Late Anglo-Saxon State

From “Manifying” to “Pegasizing”: Ramon Llull’s Theory of Definition Between Arabic and Modern Logic

Quia nolunt dimittere credere pro credere, sed credere per intelligere: Ramon Llull and his Jewish Contemporaries

Christian Heroism and the West Saxon Achievement: The Old English Poetic Evidence

Unity, Genre, and Subverting the Absolute Past: The Case of Malory’s “Tournament at Surluse”

“Of this I can make no sense”: Wulf and Eadwacer and the Destabilization of Meaning

Music and Magic in Le Bel Inconnu and Lybeaus Desconus

“The Pale and Perfect Measured Parade”: John Steinbeck’s First Draft of The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

I Alisoun, I Wife: Foucault’s Three Egos and the Wife of Bath’s Prologue

Lords Temporal and Spiritual: The Interactions of Papal and Royal Power in John Capgrave’s Abbreuiacion of Cronicles

“Turn, traitor untrew”: Altering Arthur and Mordred in the Alliterative Morte Arthure

Chaucer and the Early Church

The Battle of the Books: An Attack on Nationalism

Charles Homer Haskins and Medieval Science

The Wife of Bath: Sexuality vs. Symbol

Reclaiming the Sheela-na-gigs: Goddess Imagery in Medieval Sculptures of lreland

The Role of Women in Musical Life: The Medieval Arabo-Islamic Courts

“She Swims and Floats in Joy”: Marguerite Porete, an “Heretical” Mystic of the Later Middle Ages

The Evolution of Iter

The Writings of Julian of Norwich as Accomodation and Subversion

Prisoners in the Castellany of Arras in the Early Fourteenth Century

Scientia Sermocinalis: Grammar in Medieval Classifications of the Sciences

The Vulnerable Body of Havelok the Dane

Web Spotlight: Medieval Portal Sites

Rethinking Marie

Hypertext: A Sacred (He)Art? Cor ad cor loquitur from Augustine to Shelley Jackson

The Acts of Matthew and Andrew in the City of Cannibals

Emaré’s Fabulous Robe: The Ambiguity of Power in a Late Medieval Romance

Anger with God and Man: The Social Contexts of Melibee’s Anger

Fracture and Containment in the Icelandic Skalds’ Sagas

Merry Married Brothers: Wedded Friendship, Lovers’ Language and Male Matrimonials in Two Middle English Romances

Conception Through Infancy in Medieval English Historical and Folklore Sources

Cynewulf the Poet, Alfred the King, and the Nature of Anglo-Saxon Duty

The Icon of God and the Mirror of the Soul: Exploring the Origins of Iconography in Patristic Writing

Truth, Translation, and the Troy Book Women

“I am the Creator”: Birgitta of Sweden’s Feminine Divine

From Address to Debate: Generic Considerations in the Debate Between Soul and Body

God Our Mother: The Feminine Cosmology of Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen

Courtesy Books, Comedy, and the Merchant Masculinity

Resurrection: Representation v. Reality in a Miracle of St John of Beverley

The Warrener’s Tale

Imperfect Heroes and the Consolations of Boethius

Boundaries of Law: Code and Custom in the Legal Practice of Early Medieval Catalonia

Ayyubids, Mamluks, and the Latin East in the Thirteenth Century

The Islamic Origins Debate Goes Public

Medieval Christianity: The State of the Field

The Study of Canon Law and the Eclipse of the Lincoln Schools, 1175–1225

Peter Martyr: The Inquisitor as Saint

Playing to the Masses: Economic Rationalism in Lope de Vega’s Arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo

“Mit grôzen listen wart gestalt”: The Element of List in Thirteenth-Century Courtly Romances, with Emphasis on Heinrich Von Dem Türlin’s Diu Crône

Personae, Same-Sex Desire, and Salvation in the Poetry of Marbod of Rennes, Baudri of Bourgueil, and Hildebert of Lavardin

All Roads Lead to Rus: Western Influences on the Eleventh-to Twelfth-Century Manuscript Illumination of Kievan Rus

“Now the First Stone Is Set”: Christine de Pisan and the Colonial City

“The Minstrel’s Song Of Silence”: The Construction of Masculine Authority And The Feminized Other In The Romance Sir Orfeo

Theological and Polemical Uses of Hagiography: A Consideration of Bonaventure’s Legenda Major of St. Francis

The Power, the Body, the Holy: A Journey Through Late Antiquity with Peter Brown

From Text to Man: Re-Creating Chaucer in Sixteenth-Century Print Editions

Santa Sophia in Nicosia: the Sculpture of the Western Portals and Its Reception

Marian Lyric in the Cistercian Monastery during the High Middle Ages

Medieval Tendirs of Baku

The republican idea

The First Lithuanian Book in Print

Indigenous and Early Fisheries in North Norway

The Sea as European Diplomatic, Political and Economical Battlefield in the Times of the Hundred Years War

Bruges and the German Hanse: Brokering European Commerce

A View of the Irish Language: Language and History in Ireland from the Middle Ages to the Present

The Taming of a Turbulent Earl: Henry I and William of Warenne

Society and Politics in 4th and 5th–Century Armenia. The invention of the Armenian Alphabet

Misconceptions about Medieval Medicine: Humors, Leeches, Charms, and Prayers

Modern Medieval Map Myths: The Flat World, Ancient Sea-Kings, and Dragons

A New Source for Andrea del Castagno’s Vision of St. Jerome

Bastards or Kings or Both? Louis III and Carloman in Late-Medieval French Historiography

French Medieval Regions: A Concept in History

The Enigmatic Water-Mill

Guido’s Texaurus, 1335

The Murder of Henry Clement and the Pirates of Lundy Island

World History Sacred and Profane: The Case of Medieval Christian and Islamic World Chronicles

Religious Responses to Social Violence in Eleventh-Century Aquitaine

Japan’s Early Female Emperors

Queen’s and Princesses’ Political Function at the end of the Middle Ages (14th and 15th Centuries)

Defining the gentleman and the gentlewoman in the Italian Renaissance

Women and Power in the Middle Ages: Political Aspects of Medieval Queenship

Religion and culture in classical Islam and the Christian West

Witnesses of God: Exhortatory Preachers in Medieval al-Andalus and the Magreb

Shifting categories of the social harms associated with alcohol: examples from late medieval and early modern England

Obscene Onomastics in Medieval Trickster Tales

The Liturgical Drama in the Middle Ages as the Music Drama

Enforcing cooperation among medieval merchants: The Maghribi traders revisited

Population change in medieval Warwickshire: Domesday Book to the Hundred Rolls of 1279–1280

The medieval Irish plea rolls – an introduction

Medieval Women’s Guides to Food during Pregnancy: Origins, Texts and Traditions

Polish-Flemish Trade in the Middle Ages

Medieval Baltic Numismatics

Deer and Deer Farming in Medieval England

History that ‘Turns on its Own Axis’: European Women and Historical Writing, 1400-1800

“A Thousand Years of Deceit”: The New Debate Surrounding the Authenticity of Asser’s Life of King Alfred

The Virgin In The Tower: St Barbara In Medieval And Modern Hagiography

A Passionate Defence: Exploring The Role Of Athansius And The Cappadocian Fathers In The Establishment Of The Nicene Creed

Souvenir-Taking And Souvenir-Leaving: Pilgrim’s Remembrances in Late-Medieval And Early Modern Travel To The Holy Land

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