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Archives for November 2009

The Byzantine historiography on the state of Serbian despots

The Fifteenth Century Byzantine sources narrating, among the other things, of the Serbian history of the first half of the century, also testify that the contemporaries regarded Serbia as a state.

Mehmed II, ‘The Conqueror’, in Byzantine short chronicles and old Serbian annals, inscriptions, and genealogies

This article analyzes how Byzantine Short Chronicles and Old Serbian Annals , Inscriptions, and Genealogies depicted sultan Mehmed II, ‘The Conqueror’.

Around a theme. The female community of the Order of St. James in Portugal: a journey from the late 15th century to the 16th century

Around a theme. The female community of the Order of St. James in Portugal: a journey from the late 15th century to the 16th century By Joel Silva Ferreira Mata E-Journal of Portuguese History, Vol.6:1 (2008) Abstract: The study of the religious women of the Order of St. James in Portugal during the period mentioned in the […]

Nepotism, illegitimacy and papal protection in the construction of a career: Rodrigo Pires de Oliveira, bishop of Lamego (1311-1330†)

Dom Rodrigo de Oliveira was one of many fourteenth-century Portuguese clergymen who reached the top of the ecclesiastical hierarchy as a result of the widespread practice of nepotism.

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I By Nancy Goldstone Walker & Company, 2009 ISBN: 978-0802716705 On March 15, 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the Pope and his court in Avignon. She was twenty-two years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently […]

Interview with Nancy Goldstone

Nancy Goldstone is an American journalist and author who has written or co-written several history books, including Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe.  Her latest book is The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, which examines the life of the 14th century queen of Naples and Sicily. We interviewed Mrs. Goldstone by […]

The Visigoths in History and Legend

The Visigoths in History and Legend By J.N. Hillgarth Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2009 ISBN: 978–0–88844–166–9 This book explores one of the central myths of Spain: the idea that Spanish culture arose from that of the Visigoths. It begins with a sketch of Visigothic history, then proceeds to explore attitudes towards the Goths and legends […]

The Staffordshire Hoard

In September 2009 news of a spectacular discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure was made public. Over the previous summer more than 1800 items dating back to the 7th or early 8th century were found in Staffordshire, England.

Videos about the Staffordshire Hoard

Here is a list of online videos that discuss or show the Staffordshire Hoard From the announcement of the discovery: The Staffordshire Hoard from Staffs CC on Vimeo. Interview with Duncan Slarke,the first archaeologist to see the hoard News report from ITN News report from NTD TV Interview with Terry Herbert, who discovered the hoard […]

What the Experts say about the Staffordshire Hoard

Here are some academic views about the Anglo-Saxon hoard discovered in Staffordshire: Kevin Leahy, National Finds Adviser from the Portable Antiquities Scheme: The two most striking features of the hoard are that it is unbalanced and it is of exceptionally high quality. It is unbalanced because of what we don’t find. There is absolutely nothing […]

How the Staffordshire Hoard was Discovered

For close to 1300 years, an ordinary field in Staffordshire concealed a long lost treasure of gold. Its discovery made international headlines and has now been valued at £3.285 million.

The Mongol Impact on World History

Edward Vajda, a professor with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University, presents “The Mongol Impact on World History.” Vajda discusses the spectacular consequences of the Mongol conquests begun in the 13th century by Chinggis Khan. The lecture explains how the medieval era ended and the modern world began in the […]

From God’s Peace to the King’s Order: Late Medieval Limitations on Non-Royal Warfare

One of the fundamental tasks of medieval kings was to be a peacemaker, that is, to settle disputes and to prevent new ones from arising.

Journey to the Borderland: Two Poetic Passages on Judgement Day in Old English Homilies Revisited

Journey to the Borderland: Two Poetic Passages on Judgement Day in Old English Homilies Revisited By Winfried Rudolf The Proceedings of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Postgraduate Conference (2005) Introduction: Ever since the days of St Augustine and his significant rhetorical instructions in book four of De doctrina christiana, the relationship between poetry and pastoral […]

Making sense of Ker’s dates: The origins of Beowulf and the Palaeographers

Making sense of Ker’s dates: The origins of Beowulf and the Palaeographers By Francis Leneghan The Proceedings of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Postgraduate Conference (2005) Introduction: Ever since the Nowell Codex began to attract serious interest, almost two hundred years ago, scholars have debated the antiquity of its fourth text, referred to since J. […]

E. A. Freeman (1823-1892), a Neglected Commentator on Byzantium and Modern Greece

E. A. Freeman (1823-1892), a Neglected Commentator on Byzantium and Modern Greece By Paul Stephenson The Historical Review/La Revue Historique, Vol. 4 (2007) Abstract: E. A. Freeman, principally known as an historian of medieval Europe, is a neglected pioneer of Byzantine history. He was among the leading British commentators on the “Eastern Question”. His friendship with […]

Books on Byzantine History published in 2009

Here is a list of books published in 2009 that deal with Byzantine History (links go to their page on Amazon.com): Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire Dante and Byzantium Becoming Byzantine: Children and Childhood in Byzantium The Gothic War Church and Society in Late Byzantium Image Making […]

Christianization of Norway

How long did the old Norse religion persist after Christianity was imposed?

The autobiography of Abelard and medieval individualism

The autobiography of Abelard and medieval individualism By Sverre Bagge Journal of Medieval History, Vol.19:4 (1993) Abstract: This article discusses Abelard’s Historia Calamitatum in connection with the debate on ‘the individual’ or ‘individualism’ in the Middle Ages, which has been going on between adherents of ‘the Renaissance of the Twelfth Century’ and scholars placing the emergence of […]

Historical Friction

How does historical fiction help us understand what is happening in our world today? C.W. Gortner, Gail Tsukiyama, and Maggie Anton, all authors celebrated for their contributions to the corpus of historical fiction, discuss their latest books, and the benefits and challenges of writing in this unique genre. Topics discussed include: Balancing History and Fiction […]

Interview with Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen

Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen  is the former curator of the Royal Danish Military Museum and author of the book The Gothic War: Rome’s Final Conflict in the West. Written as a general overview of this critical period, The Gothic War opens with a history of the conflict with Persia and the great Roman general Belisarius’s successful conquest of the […]

Syntax and Style in some Medieval French Poems

Syntax and Style in some Medieval French Poems By Lars Lindvall Nordic Journal of English Studies, Vol. 6:1 (2007) Introduction: One such interesting case concerns the texts attributed to Jean Renart (between 1170/1180 and 1240/1250). He has “signed” a short verse romance called Le Lai de l’Ombre and, on the basis of formal and thematic similarities, several […]

The Owl Killers

The Owl Killers By Karen Maitland Delacorte Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0385341707 England 1321: Deep in the heart of the countryside lies an isolated village governed by a sinister regime of Owl Masters. Theirs is a pagan world of terror and blackmail, where neighbour denounces neighbour, and sin is punishable by murder. This dark status quo […]

Interview with Edward N. Luttwak

Edward N. Luttwak is a  senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.  He is an expert on present day military and strategic issues, and has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air […]

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