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The Medieval River Trade Network of Russia Revisited

The Medieval River Trade Network of Russia Revisited By Forrest R. Pitts Social Networks, Vol.1 (1978/79) Abstract: Medieval trade and communication along the rivers of Russia are considered as a social network. Two measures are presented. An intermediate node occurrence rate (Shimbel’s stress index) provides a measure of centrality. The short-path distances to all other […]

Medieval History Podcasts from the National Archives

The National Archives of the United Kingdom have been developing a series of podcasts about British history since 2006, covering all areas of history including the Middle Ages. The podcasts focus on the records held at the National Archives and how these records can be used by historians and the general public. Click here to […]

Nonantola and the archaeology of early mediaeval monasteries in north Italy

Nonantola and the archaeology of early mediaeval monasteries in north Italy By Sauro Gelichi Published Online (2008) Introduction: The archaeology of monasteries in Italy has prospered considerably in recent decades. Around 200 sites have been investigated more-or-less extensively and various great monasteries of the Early Middle Ages have been the object of systematic archaeological research over […]

The Art of Reform in a Bavarian Nunnery Around 1000

The Art of Reform in a Bavarian Nunnery Around 1000 By Adam S. Cohen Speculum, Vol. 74, No. 4. (1999) Introduction: That an efflorescence of visual art and architecture was a common feature of monastic reform in the Middle Ages has been well documented. Defining the precise nature of the relationship between that art and the […]

Places of Assembly: New Discoveries in Sweden and England

Places of Assembly: New Discoveries in Sweden and England By Alexandra Sanmark and Sarah Semple Fornvännen, Vol. 103 (2008) Abstract: This paper reviews recent field results from Sweden and England demonstrating that currently held perceptions of assembly-sites as archaic and cultic are only partially accurate. Evidence has emerged for the purposeful creation of assembly locations […]

The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz

The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz By Michelle Cameron Publisher: Simon & Schuster, September 8, 2009 ISBN: 9781439118221 Raised by her widowed rabbi father and a Christian nursemaid in Normandy, Shira is a free-spirited, inquisitive girl whose love of learning shocks the community. But in Meir ben Baruch, a brilliant […]

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart By Jesse Bullington Publisher: Orbit, November 16, 2009 ISBN: 9780316049344 Hegel and Manfried Grossbart may not consider themselves bad men – but death still stalks them through the dark woods of medieval Europe. The year is 1364, and the brothers Grossbart have embarked on a naïve quest for […]

Power and Conversion – a Comparative Study of Christianization in Scandinavia

This book examines the Christianization of Scandinavia with the help of comparative material from Anglo-Saxon England, Old Frisia and Old Saxony.

Administrative Organisation and State Formation: A Case Study of Assembly Sites in Södermanland, Sweden

Administrative Organisation and State Formation: A Case Study of Assembly Sites in Södermanland, Sweden By Alexandra Sanmark Medieval Archaeology, Vol.53 (2009) Abstract: This is the first multi-disciplinary study of Swedish local thing (assembly) sites of the Viking Age through to the late Middle Ages. Previous studies ignored the larger body of evidence, producing models that […]

My Lady Judge: The First Burren Mystery

My Lady Judge: The First Burren Mystery By Cora Harrison Publisher:PanMacmillan Limited, May 9, 2008 ISBN:9780330445993 In the sixteenth century, as it is now, the Burren, on the western seaboard of Ireland, was a land of grey stone forts, fields of rich green grass, and swirling mountain terraces. It was also home to an independent […]

Michaelmas Tribute

Michaelmas Tribute By Cora Harrison Publisher:Pan Macmillan Limited, June 1, 2009 ISBN: 9780330446464 In 1509, in the kingdom of the Burren, people lived according to the ancient customs and Brehon laws of their ancestors. The Michaelmas Fair: a time for trade and celebration; a chance for the people of the Burren to gather; buy and […]

The Sting of Justice: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland

The Sting of Justice: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland By Cora Harrison Publisher: Pan Macmillan Limited, June 1, 2009 ISBN: 9781405092289 The autumn has come to the Burren. It”s a time of harvest and gathering for the winter to come, the end of summer for most and the end of life for others. When Mara […]

A Secret and Unlawful Killing: a Mystery of Medieval Ireland

A Secret and Unlawful Killing: a Mystery of Medieval Ireland By Cora Harrison Publisher: Minotaur Books, January 1, 2009 ISBN:9780312586027 It is 1509 and, for the people of the Burren in western Ireland, the Michaelmas Fair is a joyous time for trade and celebration, signaling the start of autumn. It’s a chance to gather, buy […]

Selectivity of Black Death mortality with respect to preexisting health

Selectivity of Black Death mortality with respect to preexisting health By Sharon N. DeWitte and James W. Wood Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol.105:5 (2008) Abstract: Was the mortality associated with the deadliest known epidemic in human history, the Black Death of 1347–1351, selective with respect to preexisting health conditions (‘‘frailty’’)? Many researchers […]

Anorexia and the Holiness of Saint Catherine of Siena

Anorexia and other manifestations of the body provided the medieval woman a unique opportunity to affirm the true power of mystico-religious rules.

Margery Kempe: Madwoman or Mystic – A Narrative Approach to the Representation of Madness and Mysticism in Medieval England

The Book of Margery Kempe tells the story of one woman’s spiritual journey in Medieval England over a twenty-five year period, describing her quest to establish spiritual authority as a result of her personal conversations with Jesus and God.

The Development of Hindu-Arabic and Traditional Chinese Arithmetic

The Development of Hindu-Arabic and Traditional Chinese Arithmetic By Lam Lay Yong Chinese Science, Vol.13 (1996) Introduction: Arithmetic is a branch of mathematics with which all of us are familiar. Irrespective of the countries we come from, we are taught the Hindu- Arabic numerals and their place value notation at a very early age. Thereafter […]

The Lancelot Murders

The Lancelot Murders By J.M.C. Blair Publisher: Berkley Mass Market, May 5, 2009 ISBN: 9780425228135 When Lancelot is accused of murdering Queen Guenevereas father, she begs Merlin to prove his innocence. Though inclined to leave the faithless knight to his fate, Merlin risks his very life to find the truth at King Arthuras bidding. Click […]

Ibn Sahula’s Tale of the Egyptian Sorcerer: A Thirteenth Century Don Yllán

Ibn Sahula’s Tale of the Egyptian Sorcerer: A Thirteenth Century Don Yllán By David A. Wacks eHumanista, Volume 4 (2004) Introduction: The tale of Don Yllán and the Deán of Santiago (ejemplo 11 in Juan Manuel’s Conde Lucanor) has a Hebrew language analogue, written in the late 13th century, that has eluded Hispanists completely for […]

New Knights in the Portuguese Order of Santiago during the Mastership of Dom Jorge, 1492-1550

New Knights in the Portuguese Order of Santiago during the Mastership of Dom Jorge, 1492-1550 By Francis A. Dutra eHumanista, Volume 2, 2002 Introduction: Dom Jorge was born in Abrantes on 12 August 1481, the illegitimate son of Crown Prince João, shortly before the latter became João II of Portugal (r. 1481-95). Dom Jorge’s mother […]

Advice Concerning Pregnancy and Health in Late Medieval Europe: Peasant Women’s Wisdom in The Distaff Gospels

Of the more than 200 pieces of advice contained in The Distaff Gospels, a mid-15th-century Old French collection of women’s lore recently available for the first time in modern English, almost half concern aspects of health: pregnancy, predicting the sex of the foetus and ensuring the future wellbeing of the child, as well as practices to avoid sickness and cures for various ailments.

Sanctuary and the Legal Topography of Pre-Reformation London

Sanctuary and the Legal Topography of Pre-Reformation London By Shannon McSheffrey Law and History Review, Vol. 27:3 (Fall 2009) Introduction: In early sixteenth-century England, the presence of ecclesiastical sanctuaries in the legal, social, and religious landscape was a matter of great controversy. Any English church could offer temporary sanctuary to an accused felon, a privilege […]

What the West has won by the Fall of Byzantium?

In the following I shall attempt to present at least a broad evaluation of the impact Greek scholars had on the acculturation of Hellenic humanism in the late fifteenth and the early decades of sixteenth century Italy.

Procopius about the supreme god of the Slavs (Bella VII 14, 23): Two critical remarks

Procopius about the supreme god of the Slavs (Bella VII 14, 23): Two critical remarks By Aleksandar Loma Zbornik radova Vizantoloskog instituta, Issue 41 (2004) Abstract: A passage from Procopius, Bella VII 14, 23 is reconsidered, in which the beliefs of the heathen Slavs are described. It is shown to be corrupted. The main emendation proposed […]

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