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Archives for October 2009

The Vikings in Wales

The Vikings in Wales By Henry Loyn Dorothea Coke memorial lecture, 1976 Published for University College London by the Viking Society for Northern Research Introduction: My chosen title is ‘The Vikings in Wales’,  a general title but one that gives opportunity to discuss two problems that haunt all of us interested in Scandinavian expansion in the […]

North American Universities that specialize in Medieval History

This is a list of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that have History Departments that specialize in medieval history. These include post-secondary institutions that offer undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. The list is in alphabetical order, and includes their address, phone and fax numbers, email contact and website: Appalachian State University […]

The Vinland Mystery

Made by the National Film Board of Canada in 1984, this short documentary depicts the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America – Vinland the Good.

John Cabot: A Man of the Renaissance

Made by the National Film Board of Canada in 1964, this short film documents John Cabot’s quest to discover a westward route across the sea to the Orient in 15th-century Europe.

Manorial organisation in early thirteenth-century Tipperary

Manorial organisation in early thirteenth-century Tipperary By Mark Hennessy Irish Geography, Vo.l 29:2 (1996) Abstract: Research in Ireland on medieval manors has tended to focus on the fourteenth century. This paper examines the evidence for manorial organisation in Tipperary in the early thirteenth century with the aim of outlining the process whereby manors were established in the […]

Documentary evidence for domestic buildings in Ireland c.400-1200 in the light of archaeology

Documentary evidence for domestic buildings in Ireland c.400-1200 in the light of archaeology By Hilary Murray Medieval Archaeology, Vol.23 (1979) Introduction: Excluding archaeology there are three sources of primary information concerning domestic buildings in Ireland in the period A.D. 400 to 1200; (1) historical references, (2) contemporary representations of buildings, and (3) stone skeuomorphs of […]

Cultural geographies of the contact zone: Gaels, Galls and overlapping territories in late medieval Ireland

Cultural geographies of the contact zone: Gaels, Galls and overlapping territories in late medieval Ireland By John Morrissey Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 6:4 (2005) Abstract: In writing about the social and cultural geographies of the past, we frequently reinforce notions of difference by using neatly delineated ethnic terms of reference that often superscribe the complexities of […]

FROM AL-GHAZALI TO AL-RAZI: 6TH/12TH CENTURY DEVELOPMENTS IN MUSLIM PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY

FROM AL-GHAZALI TO AL-RAZI: 6TH/12TH CENTURY DEVELOPMENTS IN MUSLIM PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY By Ayman Shihadeh Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, Vol. 15:1 (2005) Abstract: According to Taj al-Din al-Subki (d. 771 / 1370), al-Ghazali (d. 505 / 1111) was the renewer (mujaddid) of the Muslim faith at the end of the 5th / 11th century, whereas al-Razi (d. […]

The Other Saint Bernard: The ‘Troubled and Varied Career’ of Bernard of Abbeville, Abbot of Tiron

His abbey was the source for more than a hundred communities throughout France and, perhaps surprisingly, in Scotland, Wales and England.

Dover Castle and the Great Siege of 1216

Commanding the shortest sea crossing between England and the Continent, Dover Castle was a vital strategic and communication lynch-pin in the empire of the Angevin kings of England.

To Have and to Hold: Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe 1200 – 1700

To Have and to Hold: Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe 1200 – 1700 Peter and I had the pleasure interviewing Professor Ann Crabb ( James Madison U) and I had the opportunity to hear her give a paper on Margharita Datini, entitled ” Wifehood as a Profession – Margharite Datini 1376- 1410″. The following are some […]

The Borja Family: Historiography, Legend and Literature

The Borja Family: Historiography, Legend and Literature By Eulàlia Duran Catalan Historical Review, Vol.1 (2008) Abstract: The Borja family from Valencia (the Italian spelling is ‘Borgia’) have been a constant source of fascination since the 15th century because of the unusual power they came to wield in Italy and Valencia thanks to the ecclesiastical career. They caused […]

Barcelona, a Society and its Law: 11th-13th Centuries

The legal system in Barcelona in the Lower Middle Ages – which we regard as a synthesis of rights (usages, customs, privileges, laws, and so on) and organization (municipality, universitat de prohoms, consulates, etc.) – had already attained maturity in the 13th century.

James I and his Era: Brief Analysis of a Major Political and Cultural Inheritance

James I, like his contemporaries Emperor Frederick II and Fernando III of Castile, was a major figure of the Mediterranean and Iberian Middle Ages.

Three Sources of Textual Evidence of Columbus, Crypto Jew

Three Sources of Textual Evidence of Columbus, Crypto Jew By Estelle Irizarry Published Online (2006) Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to add new material, based on Columbus’s writings, to the large body of historical research and forthcoming scientific analysis of DNA intended to shed light on Columbus’s origins, specifically regarding indications of his identity as […]

The Importance of the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade, 1189-1192

Analyzing the causes of the Third Crusades helps to explain how and why the Siege of Acre occurred and why it’s significant to understand.

To Have and to Hold: Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe 1200 – 1700

Peter and I had the opportunity to attend the To Have and to Hold: Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe 1200 – 1700 conference at the University of Toronto on October 17th. The first session I attended was “By Force, By Love, By God”, which explored the idea of consent and marriage. There were two medieval papers […]

Post-settlement history of Icelandic forests

In a book that Ari the Learned (1068-1148) wrote to describe the settlement of the country, he tells that Iceland was covered with wood between the seashore and the mountains.

The Sons of al-Nāṣir Muḥammad and the Politics of Puppets: Where Did It All Start?

The Sons of al-Nāṣir Muḥammad and the Politics of Puppets: Where Did It All Start? By Frédéric Bauden Mamluk Studies Review, Vol.13:1 (2009) Introduction: The period from al-Nāṣir Muḥammad’s death (741/1341) until the emergence of the Circassian dynasty under al-Ẓāhir Barqūq (784/1382) witnessed the unbridled succession to the throne of Egypt and Syria of the scions of […]

Spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi

Spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi Lecture by Br. Bill Short, O.F.M. Franciscan School of Theology & Graduate Union – Berkeley, CA Given at Villanova University on October 7, 2009 Length:  1 hour 17 minutes Brother Bill Short is professor of spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology. With a special love of things medieval, […]

Military Slavery in the Islamic World: 1000 Years of a Social-Military Institution

From its first clear appearance in the early ninth century of the Common Era, to the extinguishing of its last embers in the nineteenth century, military slavery has played a significant – even decisive role – in the military, political, economic, social and even cultural history of the region from Central Asia to Egypt, and perhaps beyond.

The Monarchy with David Starkey

The Monarchy with David Starkey Lecture given on November 19, 2005 More than the biographies of the kings and queens of England, this lecture is an in depth examination of what the English monarchy has meant, in terms of the expression of the individual, the Mother of Parliaments, Magna Carta, the laws of England and […]

Pen and Parchment – The Beautiful Evidence of Medieval Drawings

Edward Tufte, professor emeritus at Yale University, and the leading authority on information design, discusses how drawings from the Middle Ages exhibit ‘graphical excellence.’

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