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Archives for January 2009

Nicolaus Copernicus, Astronomer and Physician

Examines the life and career of Nicolaus Copernicus, emphasizing his role as a doctor.  

Beliefs about Human Sexual Function in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

We want to examine the major beliefs about human sexual anatomy and fuction that prevailed during the Middle Ages and Renaissance and some of the medical practices that were related to these beliefs.

The Medieval Empire and the Early Piast State

The Medieval Empire and the Early Piast State By Herbert Ludat Historical studies : papers read before the Irish Conference of Historians, Vol.6 (1965) Synopsis: Examines the relationship between the Holy Roman Empire and Poland around the year 1000. Click here to read/download article (PDF file)

Interview with Guy Geltner

Guy Geltner is a Lecturer in Medieval History at University College, Oxford.  His latest book is The Medieval Prison: A Social History, published by Princeton University Press.  We interview Dr. Geltner about his book, which is one of the first studies of this kind of institution during the Middle Ages. 1. How did you become interested […]

Levantine Trade Routes and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages

Levantine Trade Routes and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages By Zsigmont Pal Pach XVe Congrès International des Sciences Historiques, Bucarest, 10-17 août 1980. Rapports (Bucharest, 1980) Synopsis: Examines various long-distance trade routes that crossed through Hungary in the Later Middle Ages. Click here to read/download this article (PDF file)

Byzantine Greek Fire

A small modern reconstruction of a Byzantine Greek Fire Gun to give an idea how maight work the originals.

Irrigation and Hydraulic Technology in Islamic Spain: Methodological Considerations

Irrigation and Hydraulic Technology in Islamic Spain: Methodological Considerations By Thomas F. Glick Journal for the History of Arabic Science, Vol.11 (1997) Synopsis: Examines the technological ramifications of irrigation agriculture in al-Andalus.   Click here to read/download this article (PDF file)

Rethinking the Role of the Condottieri on the Bloodless and Bloody Battlefields of Renaissance

Rethinking the Role of the Condottieri on the Bloodless and Bloody Battlefields of Renaissance By Tony M. Kennedy Published online by the University of New Brunswick (2006) introduction:The condottieri represented an extreme dichotomy of force in Italy during the late Middle-Ages and Renaissance from 1250-1495. One the one hand they made a living on violence […]

The Establishment of the Town Consulate in Medieval Agen

The Establishment of the Town Consulate in Medieval Agen By Frank Williams Paper given at the Austrian Scholars Conference (2002) Introduction: When in 1789 the leading men of Agen met to deliberate on “the rights, powers, and functions of our municipal administration and jurisdiction,” they asserted that the rights of the Agen community and the powers of her […]

Fiduciary Media and Banking in Medieval Venice Revisited

Fiduciary Media and Banking in Medieval Venice Revisited By Richard C B Johnsson Mises Institute Working Papers (2002) Abstract: At the center of the trade and wealth of medieval Venice was the banking system, as Reinhold Mueller showed in his 1979 article, The Role of Bank Money in Venice 1300-1500 (Studi Veneziani). This was as system that […]

Standardized Latin and Medieval Economic Growth

Traditional explanations for Western Europe’s demographic growth in the High Middle Ages are unable to explain the rise in per-capita income that accompanied observed population changes.

The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi By David Clover Paper given at Stanford University on October 21, 2004 Introduction: On September 4, 1997 a series of mild but sharp earthquakes struck the countryside around Assisi, Italy. Nothing particularly unusual about these quakes; they are part of the fabric of life of this region. Just another item […]

Templars (and Hospitallers) in Essex

Cressing Temple, about 10 miles northeast of Chelmsford in Essex, is thought to be the earliest settlement of the Knights Templar in England.

Headless Men and Hungry Monsters: the Anglo-Saxons and their “Others”

Anglo-Saxons focused on a host of monsters believed to inhabit distant Africa and Asia: The dog-headed, fire-breathing cynocephali, one-footed sciopods, wonderful headless, mindless, possibly soulless blemmyes, and many others.

The Saga of Aron Hjorleifsson

The Saga of Aron Hjorleifsson Translated by John Porter Published by Pirate Press circa 1975 This saga was written around 1340 and deals with events from the first half of the 13th  century.  It follows the life of Aron Hjorleifsson, who was a follower of Bishop Gudmund Arason at Holar, one of Iceland’s two bishops.  Bishop […]

Sailing the Western Sea: The Atlantic Ocean in a Medieval Perspective

Center for Medieval Studies, Pennsylvania State University TWENTY-FIRST MEDIEVAL STUDIES CONFERENCE MARCH 28, 2009 Sailing the Western Sea: The Atlantic Ocean in a Medieval Perspective Speakers: Andrew McDonald, Brock University, “The late Norse Isle of Man in its North Atlantic context: contacts and communication, 1079-1265” Alfred  Siewers, Bucknell University, “Desert Islands: Europe’s Atlantic  Archipelago as Ascetic […]

Disputed History: Jacob Van Maerlant, Richard Bell, and the “Borrowing” of Christianity in Islam

Disputed History: Jacob Van Maerlant, Richard Bell, and the “Borrowing” of Christianity in Islam By Emily Gastineau Macalester Islam Journal: Vol. 1: 1 (2006) Abstract: The notion that Muhammad “borrowed” ideas and practices from the Bible and from Christianity to craft his new religion has existed for hundreds of years in varying forms. While not the first […]

Patterns of Cross-Cultural Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Christian Depictions of Islam, Muslims, and Mohammad

Patterns of Cross-Cultural Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Christian Depictions of Islam, Muslims, and Mohammad By Jenn Henry Macalester Islam Journal: Vol. 1: 1 (2006) Abstract: This paper will address similarities in moments of tolerance, moments of intolerance, and the events that spark the change in Christian perceptions of Islam. These patterns support a regularly fluctuating […]

In the Shadow of Man: Questioning the Absence of Muslim and Christian Women’s voices in Medieval Polemic Writings

In the Shadow of Man: Questioning the Absence of Muslim and Christian Women’s voices in Medieval Polemic Writings By Kim Wortmann Macalester Islam Journal: Vol. 1:2 (2006) Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to show how the rigid social structures in which both Muslim and Christian women found themselves in the middle ages prevented them from […]

Interreligious Transfers in the Middle Ages: The Case of Astrology

This article describes the discipline of astrology as an example of manifold interreligious contacts and transfers in the Middle Ages.

Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints and Their Cults in Medieval Europe

Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints and Their Cults in Medieval Europe By Patricia Healy Wasyliw Peter Lang Publishing, 2008 ISBN:  978-0-8204-2764-5 Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints and Their Cults in Medieval Europe is a comprehensive history of child saints and their cults from late Antiquity to the end of the fifteenth century. The child martyrs […]

Understanding Plague: The Medical and Imaginative Texts of Medieval Spain

Understanding Plague: The Medical and Imaginative Texts of Medieval Spain By Randal P. Garza Peter lang Publishing, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8204-6341-4 The outbreak of the plague in 1347, commonly referred to as the Black Death, was the source of numerous socio-economic changes in the later Middle Ages. Numerous studies have traced the progress and effects of the disease […]

Reconstructing the Middle Ages: Gaston Paris and the Development of Nineteenth-century Medievalism

Reconstructing the Middle Ages: Gaston Paris and the Development of Nineteenth-Century Medievalism By Isabel DiVanna Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4438-0064-8 Reconstructing the Middle Ages looks at nineteenth-century medievalism in France using as a case study Gaston Paris, philologist, literary critic and professor of medieval studies. Gaston Paris’s method, traditionally seen as a combination of romanticism and […]

Medieval Art and Architecture after the Middle Ages

Medieval Art and Architecture after the Middle Ages Edited by Janet T. Marquardt and Alyce A. Jordan Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4438-0057-0 Medieval Art and Architecture after the Middle Ages explores the endurance of and nostalgia for medieval monuments through their reception in later periods, specifically illuminating the myriad ways in which tangible and imaginary artifacts […]

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