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Archives for February 2009

The Middle Ages in HD

HD Video is a relatively new technology which allows for video to be sharper and have a better resolution. Within recent years, HD televisions and HD camrecorders have become relatively inexpensive for the general public, and many television channels are now showing some or all of their programming in HD.   High Definition technology will […]

HDTV Channels

High Definition Televsion (HDTV) offers viewers excellent picture quality to view on their televisions.  Most networks have some of their television shows in HD, while a few channels have emerged in recent years which show all their programming in HD.  In developing content for HDTV channels, programs about history are being made, including medieval history, […]

Interview with Nancy Marie Brown

Nancy Marie Brown’s latest book, The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Women, has earned great reviews and much interest.  Now available in a paperback edition, it tells the story of the Norse exploration to the New World through Gudrid the Far-Traveler, an 11th century Icelandic explorer.  We were able to ask the author, Nancy Marie Brown, […]

Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony

Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim By Frederick Paxton Catholic University of America Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-8132-1569-3 Around the year 840, Liutbirga, the adopted daughter of a noble Saxon widow, asked to be walled into a cell in a church at one of the family’s cloisters for religious women. She […]

The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague

The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague By Lisa Wolverton Catholic University of America Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-8132-1570-9 The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague (d. 1125) is a masterwork of medieval historical writing, deeply erudite, consciously researched, and narrated in high rhetorical style. Regarded as the foundational narrative of Czech history, […]

The Culture of the Medieval Merchant

Examines various sources, including written documents, legal sources and art, to see what were the cultural pursuits and interests of medieval merchants.

The Role of the Town in the Bohemia of the Later Middle Ages

The Role of the Town in the Bohemia of the Later Middle Ages By Frederick G. Heymann Journal of World History / Cahiers d’Histoire Mondiale, Vol. 2 (1955) Introduction: There is more than one reason why the early history of Bohemia’s cities, and of the middle class that developed them during the later Middle Ages, […]

Medical Education in the Middle Ages

Examines how medicine was taught throughout the Middle Ages, from the end of the Roman Empire to the 15th century, including the role of universities.

The Use of Imagination, Emotion, and the Will in a Medieval Classic: The Meditaciones Vite Christi

The Use of Imagination, Emotion, and the Will in a Medieval Classic: The Meditaciones Vite Christi  By Lawrence F. Hundersmarck Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 6:2 (2003) Introduction: In the early fourteenth century a work known as the Meditaciones Vite Christi sought to probe the inexhaustible meaning of Scripture. The work, long attributed […]

Kalamazoo: Map and Weather

Using Google Maps, this will give you an easy guide on how to reach Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University: View Larger Map Kalamazoo Weather – Today’s Forecast

What to Expect at Kalamazoo

If this is your first year attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies, I will begin by saying that if you like medieval studies, you will have a great time at this conference.  I first attended the Zoo as an undergraduate back in 1996, and I have been going nearly every year since.  It is […]

Blog Profile: Muhlberger’s Early History

Muhlberger’s Early History In a first of our series of blog profiles, we take a look at the postings of Steven Muhlberger, Professsor of History at Nipissing University.  His blog, Muhlberger’s Early History, has been online since December 2005, and includes many items related to the Middle Ages, and others involving other history and non-history […]

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Music (Byzantine Tradition)

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Music (Byzantine Tradition) Lecture by Alban West  Given on February 10, 2009 in San Fernando, California This presentation by Archpriest Alban West of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon, delves into the history and significance of liturgical chant and music in the Byzantine Tradition.

Introducing Medieval Scandinavia

A four-video series outlining the scope of the medieval Scandinavian world and some of its major cultural, political and literary characteristics.

“The Arabs” in the ecclesiastical historians of the 4th/5th centuries : effects on contemporary Christian-Muslim relations

“The Arabs” in the ecclesiastical historians of the 4th/5th centuries : effects on contemporary Christian-Muslim relations By David D. Grafton HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies, vol. 64: 1 (2008) Abstract: Historical inquiry into the origin and history of “the Arabs” has long been a part of Western Orientalist literature. However, Christian scholars from the 7th century onward sought […]

The Church of Sv. Spas (St. Savior)

The Church of Sv. Spas (St. Savior) By Stjepan Gamulin Croatian Medical Journal, Vol. 41:3 (2000) Introduction: More than a hundred churches from early medieval period are strewn along the eastern Adriatic coast and islands. Some of them are well preserved and still in use, whereas other fell into ruin. The church of Sv. Spas (St. Savior) […]

The Croatian Glagolitic Rule of St. Benedict

The Croatian Glagolitic Rule of St. Benedict By Marija-Ana Dürrigl Croatian Medical Journal, Vol 44:1 (2003) Introduction: Croatian medieval culture held a specific position between the East and West, where Central Europe meets the Mediterranean. It partly inherited works belonging to the common Slavic tradition, but it was also open to influences from the Latin West from […]

Temporal Trends in Demographic Profiles and Stress Levels in Medieval (6th–13th)

Temporal Trends in Demographic Profiles and Stress Levels in Medieval (6th–13th Century) Population Samples from Continental Croatia By Mario Šlaus, Dana Kollmann, Shannon A. Novak and Mario Novak Croatian Medical Journal, Vol.45:3 (2002) Aim: To analyze and compare the demographic profiles and disease frequencies of early (6th-9th century) and late (10th-13th century) medieval skeletal series from continental Croatia. […]

Medicine and Society in the Medieval Hospital

Medicine and Society in the Medieval Hospital By Tatjana Buklijaš Croatian Medical Journal, Vol. 49:2 (2008) Introduction: Hospitals today are places where medical treatment is provided, but also places where major life events, such as birth and death, occur. Yet, their history is relatively short; they were born, together with modern medicine, some two hundred years ago […]

Community, Identity and the Redemption of Captives: Comparative perspectives across the Mediterranean

Community, Identity and the Redemption of Captives: Comparative perspectives across the Mediterranean By James William Brodman Anuario de Estudios Medievales, Vol 36:1 (2006) Abstract: Yvonne Friedman, in Encounters between Enemies (2002), asks why charitable ransoming was more developed and successful in the medieval West than it was in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. This paper seeks to […]

A Crossroads of Civilizations: Byzantium

A Crossroads of Civilizations: Byzantium By David Talbot Rice Journal of World History / Cahiers d’histoire mondiale, Vol. 13 (1971) Synopsis: A short overview of the Byzantine empire.   Click here to read/download this article (PDF file)

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