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Archives for December 2009

The Huns and the End of the Roman Empire in Western Europe

In particular, the two main phases of population movement – c. 376-86 and 405-8 – were directly caused by the intrusion of Hunnic power into the fringes of Europe.

Bertulf or Galbert? Considerations Regarding a Sample of Historical and Psychoanalytical Criticism of Medieval Dreams

Bertulf or Galbert? Considerations Regarding a Sample of Historical and Psychoanalytical Criticism of Medieval Dreams By Jeroen Deploige Psychoanalytische Perspectieven, Vol.20:2 (2002) Abstract: This is a review article on Rudi Künzel’s proposed historical and psychoanalytical critique of medieval dreams. Firstly, the authenticity criteria proposed by Künzel are discussed critically. In particular, doubts are raised about […]

The Murder of Charles the Good

…I was in the midst of a great welter of events and many burning houses (set on fire by flaming arrows shot at night onto the roofs of the town both by those besieged within the castle and by freebooters outside who hoped to have a chance for looting)…

Drawing as an Art Form in Medieval Manuscripts

Jonathan Alexander presents a talk about the techniques, aesthetics, and role of graphic images—drawings, maps, diagrams, and masterful manuscript decorations—in the creative and intellectual life of the Middle Ages.

The Angel and the Muse: Inspiration, Revelation, Prophecy

Video: The Angel and the Muse: Inspiration, Revelation, Prophecy By Michael Sells, University of Chicago Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference – Villanova University October 11, 2008 Examines spirit, desire and inspiration in the Qu’ran and in early Arabic and Islamic poetic traditions. Click her for more information about the conference

Materializing Metaphor: Bodies, Buildings, and Ephesians 2:11-22 in Medieval Art

Video: Materializing Metaphor: Bodies, Buildings, and Ephesians 2:11-22 in Medieval Art Lecture by Peter Low Williams College Given on March 13, 2008 Williams College Art Professor Peter Low considers the question “What was the point of public religious art in churches in the Middle Ages?” in his talk “Materializing Metaphor: Bodies, Buildings, and Ephesians 2:11-22 […]

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450 By Juliet Barker Little Brown, 2009 ISBN: 9781408700839 Author of the best-selling AGINCOURT, Juliet Barker now tells the equally remarkable, but largely forgotten, story of the dramatic years when England ruled France at the point of a sword. Henry V’s second invasion of France in 1417 launched a […]

The Alexandrian Crusade (1365) and the Mamluk Sources: Reassessment of the kitab al-ilmam of an-Nuwayri al-Iskandarani

The Alexandrian Crusade (1365) and the Mamluk Sources: Reassessment of the kitab al-ilmam of an-Nuwayri al-Iskandarani By Jo Van Steenbergen East and West in the crusader states : context, contacts, confrontations, Vol.3 (2003) Introduction: The crusade the Peter I of Lusignan, King of Cyprus and Jerusalem from 1358 until 1369, embarked upon in October 1365 […]

Toward a Medieval Architectonics: Reading Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is the most complete of England’s medieval cathedrals. The articulation of its different parts in time and space forms a kind of complex text that can be read in a variety of ways.

Grendel’s Mere: Freudian and Metapoetical Implications

Grendel’s Mere: Freudian and Metapoetical Implications Lee, Sung-Il Medieval English Studies, vol. 9 (2001) No. 1 Abstract One of the most famous passages in Old English poetry is that uttered by Hrothgar, a bit after the first third of Beowulf, in which he describes the mere of Grendel and his mother. After Beowulf fulfills his […]

The Medium of Middle English Lyrics

The Medium of Middle English Lyrics Stevick, Robert D. Medieval English Studies, vol. 8 (2000) Abstract A few years ago I prepared a revised edition of One Hundred Middle English Lyrics for a new publisher, about thirty years after completing the first edition. During the intervening years I had drifted into Old English, the history […]

Holding the Center: Chaucer’s Book of Troilus and Dante’s Commedia

Holding the Center: Chaucer’s Book of Troilus and Dante’s Commedia Kaylor, N. H. Medieval English Studies, vol. 8 (2000) Abstract In his “Retraction,” Chaucer names The Book of Troilus first among his “translacions and enditynges” to be revoked, and he names his Boece de Consolacione first among the works for which he thanks “oure Lord […]

Faith and Loyalty: Sir Gawain as a Medieval Man

Faith and Loyalty: Sir Gawain as a Medieval Man Chung, Inju Medieval English Studies, vol. 8 (2000) Abstract Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as scholars have pointed out, contains several contrasting aspects, including Christianity versus Paganism, Salvation versus Temptation, Court versus Nature, Gold or Red versus Green, and so on. However, if we are […]

The Theme of Mutability in Old English Poetry

The Theme of Mutability in Old English Poetry Lee, Sung-Il Medieval English Studies, vol. 8 (2000) Abstract There is a poetic fragment contained in the Exeter Book, that treasury of Old English poetry, which the students of Old English have been referring to as “The Ruin.” The present condition of its manuscript does not allow […]

The Experience of Civilian Populations during the Hundred Years War in France 1330-1440

From that time on all went ill with the kingdom and the state was undone. Thieves and robbers rose up everywhere in the land. The nobles despised and hated all others and took no thought for the mutual usefulness and profit of lord and men.

Medieval Krakow and its Churches: Structure and Meanings

Medieval Krakow and its Churches: Structure and Meanings By Tomasz Węcławowicz Urban People, Vol.7:1 (2007) Abstract: The first part of this paper aims to analyze the pattern of the network of Krakow town churches in the Romanesque and Gothic periods and studies the role of these individual components of urban landscape taking into account the […]

Cooking Pots as Indicators of Cultural Change: A Petrographic Study of Byzantine and Frankish Cooking Wares from Corinth

Cooking Pots as Indicators of Cultural Change: A Petrographic Study of Byzantine and Frankish Cooking Wares from Corinth By Louise Joyner Hesperia, Vol.76:1 (2007) Abstract: Two styles of cooking pot were used sequentially at Corinth from the 12th to the 14th century a.d., a time during which Frankish crusaders occupied the Byzantine city. Utilizing thin-section […]

Secondary responses to fear and grief in Gregory of Tours’ Libri historiarum

Secondary responses to fear and grief in Gregory of Tours’ Libri historiarum By Ron F. Newbold Studia Humaniora Tartuensia, vol. 7 (2006) Abstract: Bodies of evidence drawn from the occurrence of Latin words for fear and grief in Gregory’s history form the basis for this study. Although the causes of these emotions and their distribution […]

Justinian and the International Silk Trade

Justinian and the International Silk Trade By Heleanor B. Feltham Sino-Platonic Papers, No.194 (2009) Introduction: In this study I will be looking at three aspects of the international silk trade as it affected Justinian’s Byzantium in the mid-sixth century: the introduction of sericulture, the availability of draw-loom technology, and Procopius’ allegation that Justinian bankrupted the […]

History vs. Fiction in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

History vs. Fiction in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms By Steven A. Vaughn-Lewis Sino-Platonic Papers, No.193 (2009) Introduction: “History is written by the victors,” said Winston Churchill. This makes intuitive sense, because we know that the winners of any major conflict are in control, at liberty to recount past events as they see fit. […]

Man from the Margin: Cao Cao and the Three Kingdoms

The heroes of the Three Kingdoms, Cao Cao, his colleagues and his rivals, have a notable place in the traditions of the Chinese people. They are celebrated in poetry and drama, their deeds are recounted in cycles of stories, and the policies and crises of their time have been the centre of intellectual and popular debate in modern China.

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