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Archives for November 2010

Constructing the past in eleventh-century Flanders: Hagiography at Saint-Winnoc

Constructing the past in eleventh-century Flanders: Hagiography at Saint-Winnoc By David J. Defries PhD Dissertation, Ohio State University, 2004 Abstract: At the heart of much scholarship on the Central Middle Ages (c. 950-1150) in western Europe is a debate about the rapidity and nature of change after the disintegration of the Carolingian empire. On the […]

Changes in London’s economic hinterland as indicated by debt cases in the Court of Common Pleas

Changes in London’s economic hinterland as indicated by debt cases in the Court of Common Pleas By Derek Keene Paper given at a conference organised by the Centre for Metropolitan History and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, 7 July 1999 Introduction: This paper explores the ways in which the records of pleas […]

Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c.650-1100 AD

Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c.650-1100 AD Edited by Jo Buckberry and Annia Cherryson Oxbow Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-84217-965-9 Publisher’s Synopsis: Traditionally the study of early medieval burial practices in England has focused on the furnished burials of the early Anglo-Saxon period with those of the later centuries perceived as uniform and therefore uninteresting. The […]

Break a Leg: Animal Health and Welfare in Medieval, Emden, Germany

The presented study investigates the pathologically changed animal bones from medieval Emden, Germany.

Catṡlechta and other medieval legal material relating to cats

The purpose of this article is to edit and translate the short passages in their entirety so as to make the primary material readily available.

Embellishing the Steps: Elements of Presentation and Style in the Heavenly Ladder of John Climacus

Embellishing the Steps: Elements of Presentation and Style in the Heavenly Ladder of John Climacus By John Duffy Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Vol.53 (1999) Introduction: he Sinai Peninsula, a bleak and barren wilderness jutting into the northern end of the Red Sea, acted like a magnet from Early Christian times, attracting to its solitude men and […]

St. Anselm of Canterbury and Romano Guardini

St. Anselm of Canterbury and Romano Guardini de Gaál, Ph.D., Father Emery (University of St. Mary of the Lake) The Saint Anselm Journal 2.1 (Fall 2004) Abstract Well before World War I, Romano Guardini had felt the deleterious impact of the Kantian critique of religion. As a reaction to Kant and the then prevailing Neo-Scholasticism, […]

Italy and the companies of adventure in the fourteenth century

In times of war, they sold their services to the highest bidder; in times of peace, they became marauders, raiding and ravaging the countryside, committing the atrocities…

History Great Battles Medieval – Review

Great Battles Medieval allows players to re-fight the battles of the Hundred Years War, where you act as the commander. The gameplay is fairly easy to understand – you set out your army, give orders to the knights and soldiers, and watch as the fight progresses. The battle is fought in real-time, but you can […]

Amma Syncletica: A Spirituality of Experience

Amma Syncletica: A Spirituality of Experience By Mary Forman Vox Benedictina: A Journal of Translations from Monastic Sources, Vol. 10:2 (1993) Introduction: The Vita Syncleticae is a mid-fifth century work which presents an ideal “amma” who may or may not be based on historical evidence. The fact that there may have been a historical person […]

The Barbarian Past in Early Medieval Historical Narrative

The Barbarian Past in Early Medieval Historical Narrative By Shami Ghosh PhD Dissertation, University of Toronto, 2009 Abstract: This thesis presents a series of case studies of early medieval narratives about the non-Roman, non-biblical distant past. After an introduction that briefly outlines the context of Christian traditions of historiography in the same period, in chapter […]

The practice of Irish kingship in the Central Middle Ages

This thesis demonstrates that the nature of Irish kingship and the practices of its kings are more sophisticated and varied matters than has been realised.

Feudal Imagery or Christian Tradition? A Defense of the Rationale for Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo

Feudal Imagery or Christian Tradition? A Defense of the Rationale for Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo Cohen, Nicholas (Boston College) The Saint Anselm Journal 2.1 (Fall 2004) Abstract Anselm of Canterbury’s Cur Deus Homo (CDH) is one of the most important theological approaches to the issues of Incarnation and Atonement which may be found in the […]

Faith and Reason in Anselm: Two Models

Faith and Reason in Anselm: Two Models Brown, Montague (Saint Anselm College) The Saint Anselm Journal 2.1 (Fall 2004) Abstract In the preface to his Proslogion, Anselm gives titles to the two works known best as the Monologion and the Proslogion. These latter titles are for convenience; the full title of the Monologion is An […]

Human Free Will in Anselm and Descartes

Human Free Will in Anselm and Descartes Berman, Sophie (St. Francis College) The Saint Anselm Journal 2.1 (Fall 2004) Abstract Freedom is a central theme in Descartes’s philosophy, where it is linked to the theme of the infinite: it is through the freedom of the will, experienced as unlimited, that the human understands itself to […]

Aspects of the development of public assembly in the Danelaw

Aspects of the development of public assembly in the Danelaw Turner, Sam Assemblage, Issue 5 (2000) Abstract The aim of this essay is to investigate aspects of the development of public assembly in the Danelaw area of early medieval England using topographic, place-name and archaeological evidence for hundred and wapentake meeting-places. The article considers aspects […]

Castles and the Children of Alfred

My starting point was The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles (Armitage, 1912), a formidable book by a formidable woman.

Christopher Columbus was the son of a Polish king, historian says

Christopher Columbus was a royal prince, son of a Portuguese noble lady and exiled Polish King Władysław III, according to Columbus’ new biography, COLON. La Historia Nunca Contada (COLUMBUS. The Untold Story), by Manuel Rosa, just released in Spain. There have been several different theories that suggest Columbus did not come from Genoa, Italy, including that […]

Water, Public Hygiene and Fire Control in Medieval Towns: Facing Collective Goods Problems while Ensuring the Quality of Life

Why common waters in towns managed quite intensively were rather early in medieval history, but public hygiene and fire prevention even in the later Middle Ages were often not ensured sufficiently?

The Frankish Tribute Payments to the Vikings and their Consequences

The Frankish Tribute Payments to the Vikings and their Consequences By Simon Coupland Francia, Vol. 26:1 (1999) “They ransom with tributes what they should defend with arms, and the kingdom of the Christians is laid waste.” “Ransom and tribute have now not only made men poor, but also stripped churches which once were rich.” “The […]

The Curse of the Plowman

Among the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales is only one bona fide peasant — the Plowman, who merits one of Chaucer’s briefest and most idealized portraits and whose tale Chaucer never wrote

Why Medieval? with Patricia Bracewell

My transformation into a medievalist was like falling in love with an old friend. I’ve always been a great reader, and in high school I used to curl up with books by Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, and J.R.R. Tolkien although I gave little conscious thought to the history that infused them. For me the books […]

Supernatural Threats to Kings: Exploration of a Motif in the Ulster Cycle and in Other Medieval Irish Tales

The subject of this contribution is the belief in a sacral bond between the land and the ruler. This belief is connected with the concept known as ‘sacral kingship’, which is found in many cultures.

Deterioration of the floor of interior courtyard of sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

Deterioration of the floor of interior courtyard of sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt By Tarek Nazel Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 9:1 (2009) Abstract: The college-mosque of Sultan Hassan is considered one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture not only in Egypt but also in the East. Its open interior courtyard is paved […]

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