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Archives for June 2010

12th-century Crusader fresco to go on display in Israel

An enormous Crusader-era fresco that was discovered in Jerusalem will go on display next month at the Israel Museum. At nine meters long and 2.7 meters high, it is the largest painting ever discovered by archaeologists in Israel. In 1999 the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted excavations in Nahal Kidron, next to the Garden of Gethsemane […]

Coastal landscapes and early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria

Coastal landscapes and early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria By David Petts Estonian Journal of Archaeology,Vol.13:2 (2009) Abstract: This paper explores the ways in which coastal landscapes were used by the early church in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. The coastal highways were a key element of the socio-political landscape of the Northumbrian kingdom, with many key secular and […]

International Medieval Congress to focus on Travel and Exploration

The International Medieval Congress (IMC), the largest academic conference in Great Britain, will be featuring some of the world’s finest medieval minds as they present the advantages yet inevitable dangers of travel in the medieval world. From 12-15 July, over 1,500 scholars from around the world will gather at the University of Leeds for the eighteenth […]

Textus Roffensis: Law, Language and Libraries in Early Medieval England – conference at the University of Kent

A three-day conference on the Textus Roffensis, the priceless 12th century Rochester Cathedral manuscript which was named Britain’s ‘Hidden Treasure’ by the British Library, will take place at the University of Kent between July 25-27. Textus Roffensis is a Rochester Cathedral book of the early 12th century that holds some of the most significant texts […]

Forgetting the Weakness of Her Sex and a Woman’s Softness: Historians of the Anglo-Norman World and their Female Subjects

Abelard warns that the devil can ‘easily seduce a woman when her desire is for authority’ and he warns against making a local noblewoman into an abbess, for her authority could easily lead to pride and presumptuousness.

The Matthew of Bristol and the financiers of John Cabot’s 1497 voyage to North America

The Matthew of Bristol is the vessel in which the Genoese explorer, John Cabot, sailed with his Bristol companions on their 1497 voyage of discovery to North America.

The historiography of protest in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt and Syria

The historiography of protest in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt and Syria By Amina Elbendary IIAS Newsletter, Vol.43 No.9 (2007) Introduction: History in its various forms – chronicles, biographies and biographical dictionaries – was a favourite genre in late medieval Egypt and Syria. One of the salient features of these histories is their breadth […]

Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders

Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders By Avner Greif The Journal of Economic History, Vol.49:4 (1989) Abstract: This article examines the economic institution utilized during the eleventh century to facilitate complex trade characterized by asymmetric information and limited legal contract enforceability. The geniza documents are employed to present the “coalition,” […]

Ethical views of Ibn Miskawayh and Aquinas

Ethical views of Ibn Miskawayh and Aquinas By Hamid Reza Alavi Philosophical Papers and Review Vol. 1:4 (2009) Abstract: Ibn Miskawayh is one of the greatest Iranian Muslim philosophers in the eleventh century. His views particularly on ethics are very famous and important. On the other hand, Thomas Aquinas is the greatest Christian theologian and […]

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

From a small Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power.

In the Syrian Taste: Crusader churches in the Latin East as architectural expressions of orthodoxy

This paper explores how the architectural expression of orthodoxy in the Eastern churches was transferred to Europe before the Crusades and then reinforced through the Crusaders’ adoption of the triple-apsed east end ‘in the Syrian Taste’ in the Holy Land.

Viking Age Archaeology

Viking Age Archaeology By by Richard Hall Shire Books, 2010 (first published in 1990) ISBN:  9780747800637 Viking raids, and the subsequent Scandinavian settlements in the ninth and tenth centuries, had a major effect on many parts of Britain and Ireland. These impacts can best be seen in a wide variety of archaeological discoveries, primarily from […]

Maleficae et Maledictae Feminae: Fourteenth-Century Sources for Key Feature of the Learned Interpretation of Witchcraft in Italy at the End of the Middle Ages

Maleficae et Maledictae Feminae: Fourteenth-Century Sources for Key Feature of the Learned Interpretation of Witchcraft in Italy at the End of the Middle Ages Session: Politics, Condemnation, and Sorcery in the Fourteenth Century By Fabrizio Conti, Central European University This paper discusses Italian witchcraft in the 14th and 15th centuries. Demons were invoked for many […]

Acknowledging the Annals: A New Perspective on Witchcraft in the Alice Kyteler Trial

Acknowledging the Annals: A New Perspective on Witchcraft in the Alice Kyteler Trial Session:Politics, Condemnation, and Sorcery in the Fourteenth Century By Vanessa R. Taylor, Catholic Univ. of America This paper dealt with the witch trial of Alice Kyteler. The trial of Alice Kyteler was a turning point in how heresy and witchcraft were defined […]

Versions of Pygmalion in the Illuminated Roman de la Rose (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Douce 195): The Artist and the Work of Art

Versions of Pygmalion in the Illuminated Roman de la Rose (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Douce 195): The Artist and the Work of Art By Marian Bleeke Art History, Volume 33 Issue 1 (2010) Introduction: Roman de la Rose is an acknowledged medieval best seller, its former popularity amongst patrons and readers being indexed by the […]

A Chinese in the Nubian and Abyssinian Kingdoms (8th Century): The visit of Du Huan to Molin-guo and Laobosa

A Chinese in the Nubian and Abyssinian Kingdoms (8th Century): The visit of Du Huan to Molin-guo and Laobosa By Wolbert Smidt Chroniques yéménites, Vol. 9 (2001) Abstract: This article focuses on the first Chinese whose presence in Africa is clearly documented. Due to the geographical curiosity of the T’ang dynasty, extracts of an 8th […]

Dirham Mint Output of Samanid Samarqand and its Connection to the Beginnings of Trade with Northern Europe (10th century)

Dirham Mint Output of Samanid Samarqand and its Connection to the Beginnings of Trade with Northern Europe (10th century) By Roman K. Kovalev Histoire & mesure, Vol.17  n.3/4  (2002) Abstract: An examination of 14,865 Samanid dirhams struck in Samarqand from 634 hoards discovered in western Eurasia dating from the tenth to the eleventh centuries shows […]

Jewish pietism of the Sufi type: A particular trend of mysticisme in Medieval Egypt

Jewish pietism of the Sufi type: A particular trend of mysticisme in Medieval Egypt By Mireille Loubet Bulletin du Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem, Vol.7 (2000) Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to a poorly known trend in Judaism that developed in the medieval Jewish community of Cairo, and forms the […]

Innovations in Sculpture and the Status of Artists at the Court of Burgundy

Innovations in Sculpture and the Status of Artists at the Court of Burgundy Lecture by Sherry C.M. Lindquist Given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 11, 2010 See also Lecture, Chant, and Scholarly Exploration: Illuminating! post on The Art of Illumination blog

Trials for Sorcery in Early Fourteenth-Century Avignon

Trials for Sorcery in Early Fourteenth-Century Avignon Session:Politics, Condemnation, and Sorcery in the Fourteenth Century By Robert Ticknor, Tulane University This paper dealt with the question of magic and sorcery and the bridge between abstract theological questions and actual magic. The general category of magic is crucial to the understanding cultural mores in societies. Magic […]

Medieval England

Here is the listing of our resources about medieval England (dating from 1066 to 1500) including articles, videos, books and more Features about Medieval England Medieval History Podcasts from the National Archives – listen to ten podcasts about Britain’s medieval history The Bayeux Tapestry – articles, books and videos about the most famous embriodery from […]

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