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Archives for February 2010

The Templar Knight: Book Two Of The Crusades Trilogy

The Templar Knight: Book Two Of The Crusades Trilogy By Jan Guillou Publisher: Harper Collins, May 4, 2010 ISBN:9780061688577 The Knight Templar (Swedish: Tempelriddaren) is the second book in Jan Guillou’s The Knight Templar (Crusades trilogy) book series. This book follows the fictional character of Arn Magnusson as a Knight Templar in the kingdom of […]

Dark Age Traffic on the Bristol Channel, UK: A Hypothesis

Dark Age Traffic on the Bristol Channel, UK: A Hypothesis By Nancy Hollinrake International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vol.36:2 (2007) Abstract: Exotic pottery from the eastern Mediterranean and southern Gaul in the late 5th to 7th centuries is recognized as the characteristic find from Dark Age sites in Ireland and western Britain. But there is […]

A Dark Age Peter Principle: Beowulf’s incompetence threshold

Many readers, recognizing the incompatibility of heroism with the duties of kingship, have argued that Beowulf tells a story of colossal failure.

The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II

The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II By Susan Higginbotham Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc, 2009 ISBN:978-1402217876 In fourteenth-century England, young Eleanor de Clare, favorite niece of King Edward II, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh le Despenser and her appointment to Queen Isabella”s household as a lady-in-waiting. It soon becomes apparent, […]

The Rebel Princess

The Rebel Princess By Judith Koll Healey Publisher: Harper Collins, June 22, 2009 ISBN: 9780061673566 Alaïs, the spirited and indomitable princess of France, returns for another thrilling adventure in this historically rich, mesmerizing sequel to The Canterbury Papers When I settled back among the velvet cushions, the scenes from the cathedral replayed themselves before my […]

The Road To Jerusalem: Book One Of The Crusades Trilogy

The Road To Jerusalem: Book One Of The Crusades Trilogy By Jan Guillou Publisher: Harper Collins, April 14, 2009 ISBN: 9780061688539 For power. For passion. For glory. The epic story of the knights Templar. Born in 1150 to a noble family in the Kingdom of Western Götaland, young Arn Magnusson is marked early on by […]

To Know Evil

To Know Evil By Stephen Gaspar Publisher: Pemberley Press, October 1, 2009 ISBN: 9780977191390 The source of evil and the conflict between faith and knowledge are among the themes examined in this complex intellectual puzzle set in a medieval monastery. An Irish monk dies in a Benedictine abbey in northern Italy on the eve of […]

Medieval Castle for Sale in Southern France

This medieval castle for sale in southern France dates back to the year 978. The castle was built by the Viscounts of Narbonne to guard a main road – it lies 13 km southwest of Narbonne, and sits on a a rocky knoll 180 m (590 ft) above sea level.

The viking’s defiant bride

The Viking’s Defiant Bride  By Joanna Fulford Publisher: Harlequin, February 1, 2009 ISBN:9780373295340 Northumbria, 867 A.D. Beautiful and courageous, the Lady Elgiva is as great a prize as the land the Viking conqueror now controls. Earl Wulfrum has taken her home, and now he will take her – as his unwilling bride. Wulfrum is a […]

The Saxons within Carolingian Christendom: post-conquest identity in the translationes of Vitus, Pusinna and Liborius

The Saxons within Carolingian Christendom: post-conquest identity in the translationes of Vitus, Pusinna and Liborius By Eric Shuler Journal of Medieval History, Vol.36:1 (2010) Abstract: The Franks incorporated Saxony into the Carolingian empire through a long, brutal struggle coupled with forced conversion. When Saxons themselves began to write a few decades afterwards, they had to […]

The custom of the English Church: parish church maintenance in England before 1300

A division of responsibility for parish church fabric and contents between rector and parishioners first appeared in English ecclesiastical legislation in the early thirteenth century and was to remain in place until the mid-nineteenth century.

A translation and historical commentary on book one and book two of the Historia of Georgios Pachymeres

Pachymerēs’ Historia is an important source for a pivotal period in Byzantine Imperial history, and many scholars have not used it as efficiently as they could due to the denseness of his prose and his ‘tortuous syntax’.

Robin Hood in Film

The story of Robin Hood has been made into a movie at least fifty times – with many films going on to become financial and critical successes.  

‘An Entirely Masculine Activity’? Women and War in the High and Late Middle Ages Reconsidered

What if women did play a more significant part in military history than traditionally has been assumed?

The Vikings in the East : a Survey of Settlement, Trade and Military Activity c.700 – 1100

The Vikings in the East : a Survey of Settlement, Trade and Military Activity c.700 – 1100 By D.A.F.  Adams MA Thesis, University of Canterbury, 1988 Abstract: This thesis surveys three principal Scandinavian activities during the period from 700 to 1100 – those of settlement, trade and military activity – in the regions east of […]

From footnotes to narrative: Welsh noblewomen in the thirteenth century

The women studied include the mothers, wives and daughters of the native Welsh rulers of Gwynedd as well as noblewomen from northern Powys, Cydewain, Ceredigion, and so on.

The Chronology of Leonardo Bruni’s Later Works (1437-1443)

The Chronology of Leonardo Bruni’s Later Works (1437-1443) By James Haskins Studi medievali e umanistici, Vol. 6 (2007) Introduction: In the preface to Leonardo Bruni’s Historiarum Florentini populi libri XII, written probably in 1416, Bruni gives an account of his motivations in beginning so arduous a task as writing the history of his adopted city. Among […]

Royal Piety in Thirteenth-Century Scotland: the Religion and Religiosity of Alexander II (1214-49) and Alexander III (1249-86)

Did these kings act on religious impulses driven solely by dynastic tradition and Scottish political concerns or can we, at the same time, discern genuine personal motivations and an awareness of wider liturgical development?

Diffinicione successionis ad regnum Scottorum: royal succession in Scotland in the later middle ages

Diffinicione successionis ad regnum Scottorum: royal succession in Scotland in the later middle ages By Michael A. Penman Making and breaking the rules: succession in medieval Europe, c. 1000-c.1600.  Proceedings of the colloquium held on 6-7-8 April 2006. Institute of Historical Research, edited by F. Lachaud and M. Penman (University of London, 2008) Introduction: The history […]

Lordship and Environmental Change in Central Highland Scotland c.1300–c.1400

Lordship and Environmental Change in Central Highland Scotland c.1300–c.1400 By Richard Oram and W. Paul Adderley Journal of the North Atlantic, Vol.1 (2008) Abstract: Whilst there has been an increasing recognition of the influence of natural agency on human society in Scotland in the medieval period, conventional historiography has generally presented the wholesale reconfiguration of […]

Reputations in Scottish History: King Robert the Bruce (1274-1329)

Have peculiarly Scottish circumstances and processes of change over time coalesced to leave this hero king with a reputation which would, in another country, have taken a more vibrant form far sooner?

The Bruce Dynasty, Becket and Scottish Pilgrimage to Canterbury, c.1178-c.1404

This paper seeks to question the assumption that the outbreak of prolonged Anglo-Scottish war in 1296 brought an abrupt decline in Scottish interest in St Thomas, his shrine at Canterbury and the great abbey dedicated to him in Scotland at Arbroath

Ammianus Marcellinus and Procopius of Caesarea: The Eastern Campaigns of Julian and Justinian, 4th and 6th centuries A.D

By using both of these historians it is hoped that the Persian campaigns of Julian and Justinian will be made clearer in the context of the emperors and their goals and flaws.

Christians and Jews in thirteenth-century Castile: the career and writings of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, Archbishop of Toledo (1209-1247)

The life of Archbishop Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada offers a window on many of the principal issues of his day. He is best known for his role in the victory over the Almohads at the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) and for several works of history in which he traces the emergence of Castile, with Toledo as its political and spiritual centre.

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