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Archives for September 2011

Eating people and the alimentary logic of Richard Cœur de Lion

No fourteenth-century English cook is known to have prepared for consumption the flesh of a real Turk, yet the Turk’s Head, a sweet-and-sour meat pie shaped and decorated to resemble the outlandish features of a stereotyped Saracen, was a familiar late medieval dish

1117 in Iceland and England

But I should make it plain at this point that 1117 in England and 1117 in Iceland represent a coincidence, not a connection, a coincidence though which may permit some comparison and more especially some contrast.

Treasures of the Bodleian exhibition opens today

The Bodleian Libraries’ autumn exhibition ‘Treasures of the Bodleian’ opens to the public today (Friday 30 September). The exhibition will feature a selection of the Bodleian’s rarest, most important and most evocative items – from ancient papyri to medieval oriental manuscripts to twentieth-century printed books and ephemera. The exhibits are arranged into broad themes: the […]

Historic cobblestones removed from the medieval village of Dunster

Workmen have begun removing the cobblestone pathways around the village of Dunster in Somerset. The distinctive cobblestone paths have existed for hundreds of years, but concerns over people slipping on the surface and the difficulty in moving wheelchairs and strollers along them have led local officials to have them removed. It is now being replaced […]

Cod skulls reveal fishing patterns in the Middle Ages

Scholars from the University of Cambridge have concluded that sea fishing in northwest Europe was more locally-based than previously believed. By using skulls of cod fish, the Medieval Origins of Commercial Sea Fishing Project was able to determine that the majority of fish catches in the 10th and 11th centuries in England were from waters […]

Dance of the Dandelion, by Dina Sleiman

Dance of the Dandelion By Dina Sleiman WhiteFire Publishing, 2011 ISBN: 978-0983455608 Price $14.99 for a print copy, under $4 for an electronic edition Love’s quest leads her the world over. Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with […]

Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border

Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border By John Cule National Library of Wales journal, Vol.20:2 (1977) Introduction: A hospital is not a place devoted only to the cure of disease. This is an idealistic view even if ‘cure’ is interpreted in its broadest sense of a course of medical treatment. Many modern hospitals, […]

Sagoromo and Hamamatsu on Genji: Eleventh-Century Tales as Commentary on Genji monogatari

Sagoromo and Hamamatsu on Genji: Eleventh-Century Tales as Commentary on Genji monogatari By Royall Tyler Japan Review, Vol.18 (2006) Abstract: Although avowed comment on Genji monogatari begins only in the second half of the twelfth century, late Heian fiction written under obvious Genji influence sometimes suggests how earlier readers interpreted this or that aspect of […]

The Sweet Side of War: The Place of Honey in Military Provisioning

The Sweet Side of War: The Place of Honey in Military Provisioning Paper given by Ilana Krug at the High Medieval Warfare session, at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2011) In Krug’s research into the provisioning of medieval armies, such as King Edward I’s provisioning of castles in Scotland at the end of […]

Anglo-Saxon Medicine within its Social Context

This thesis considers the medical history of the Anglo- Saxons, and utilises all available sources of evidence, whether documentary, archaeological or medical, in an attempt to gain a comprehensive view of the medical aspects of society.

Völuspá and the Feast of Easter

It is generally agreed that Völuspá has been influenced by Christian ideas to some extent, but the nature of that influence has been debated.

REVIEW: “The Sons of Mercia: Godric the Kingslayer” – Jayden Woods

Rich characters, misery, betrayal, sex and a dose of brutal Viking violence, mixed together for an easy, enjoyable read! Author Jayden Woods releases her next offering in the “Sons of Mercia” trilogy, “Volume 2: Godric the Kingslayer” This story picks up on the life of Eadric Streona’s son, Godric. It’s hard being the son of the most reviled man […]

Professor earns fellowship to research medieval English morality plays

Gail McMurray Gibson said that her college professors first sparked her interest in medieval studies. She has pursued that interest and become one of the most inspiring and decorated teachers in Davidson College. She has received the college’s Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, and was named North Carolina Professor of the Year in 1987 by the […]

Byzantine Dress Accessories in North Africa: Koiné and Regionality

In North Africa, as in other regions of the Byzantine Empire, supra-regional types and fashions sometimes co-existed with local traditions.

Scholar finds evidence of links between Vikings and North American natives

Old Norse sagas such as Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders have been long been considered among the most important sources of information about relations between Vikings and Native Americans. But new research suggests that accounts about a mysterious island known as Hvitramannaland are also other descriptions of the New […]

Peoples and languages in eleventh- and twelfth-century Britain and Ireland: reading the charter evidence

Peoples and languages in eleventh- and twelfth-century Britain and Ireland: reading the charter evidence By Richard Sharpe The reality behind charter diplomatic in Anglo-Norman Britain, edited by Dauvit Broun (University of Glasgow, 2010) Introduction: As King William’s men set about taking over England in the first months of 1067, they must have encountered problems over […]

Interview with Jayden Woods, author of Godric the Kingslayer

In 2010 we interviewed author Jayden Woods about her novel Eadric the Grasper: Sons of Mercia Volume I. Jayden has now published the sequel – Godric the Kingslayer, and we caught up with her to discuss the new book: 1.) Compared to the first book, how did the writing process differ when you sat down […]

The Spanish Touch – Barcelona and Catalonia’s Medieval Treasures

Barcelona’s medieval district is rightly considered one of the best preserved in Europe. There is literally a story on every street, and around every corner a legend.

Thank you for buying this Medieval Magazine bundle

Thank you for purchasing this five issue bundle. Click on the issues below to download the PDF files: Issue 8: Richard’s Final Journey Issue 51: Royal Mistresses Issue 43: How to Murder a Byzantine Emperor Issue 5: How to become the King of England Issue 57: Anglo-Saxon England

The Tale of Peter and Fervoniia: The Text and the Icon

The Tale of Peter and Fervoniia: The Text and the Icon By Priscilla Hunt Elementa, Vol.3 (1997) Introduction: The enigmatic Tale of Peter and Fevroniia brings us face to face with the problem of how to read a medieval Russian text. We have certain clues which are frequently not available in medieval Slavic tradition. Scholars […]

Daniel in the Den of Lions: Early medieval carvings and their origins

Daniel in the Den of Lions: Early medieval carvings and their origins By Tina Negus Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies, Vol.44 (2005-6) Introduction: Your God himself, whom have served so faithfully, will gave to save you. These words, spoken by King Darius the Mede as he had the prophet Daniel thrown into the den […]

From Antiquity to Romanesque

From Antiquity to Romanesque By Peter Hubert Published Online Introduction: Many authorities on Romanesque architecture and sculpture have pointed out the heritage that the artisans drew upon that came down to them from antiquity. This article will contain an examination of that sculptural heritage, focusing particularly on the period of late antiquity. It will then […]

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