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Archives for October 2011

Poetry, Patronage, and Politics: Epic Saints’ Lives in Western Francia, 800-1000

t: Monastic authors in western Francia during the central Middle Ages composed and exchanged Latin verse saints’ lives (vitae metricae) to create communities of saints, emperors, bishops, teachers, and students

Military Strategy in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: The Crusader Fortification at Caesarea

Caesarea was a fortified city along the coast of Palestine, conquered and held by the Crusaders from 1101 to 1265. This study takes the reader to the archaeological remains of the site and provides a thorough examination of the defensive structures constructed throughout the history of the Crusader period

Frosts, Floods, and Famines – Climate in Relation to Hunger in North-East Europe A.D. 1100–1550

This Master’s thesis examines the relation between climatic conditions and hunger in Northeast Europe in A.D. 1100–1550.

Two historical riddles of the Old English Exeter Book

Exeter Cathedral Library MS. 3501, known as Codex Exoniensis or, more commonly, the Exeter Book, is perhaps the most important surviving literary manuscript from the Anglo-Saxon period of roughly 600–1066 AD

Vlad Dracula and Coeval Armatura

The famous/infamous European hero, crusader and voivod, Vlad “Tepes” Dracula III (1431-1476), was actually (for better or for worse) one of knightly peers of European Chivalry.

Human/non-human: Gender dynamics and the female/animal condition in medieval culture

This paper will analyze some of the medieval representations of the female element in its proximity to the animal nature in order to reflect on the relationship between the social construction of women and the oppression of animals.

Mystics, Demoniacs, and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe

Casting aside even the simple clothes she now wore, Ida wrapped herself in a dirty rag and draped a mat over her shoulders for warmth. Aggressively seeking out the most crowded plazas and market places, she preened and ‘strutted about if mad or a fool, offering a monstrous spectacle of herself to the people.’

Whodunnit? Grave-robbery in early medieval northern and western Europe

This thesis brings together all that is currently known of early medieval grave reopening in northern and western Europe.

How to Swing a Mouse: Intersections of Female and Feline in Medieval Europe

Though not persuasive enough by itself to forge a decisive affinity, similarity of physiology and temperament between women and cats did not escape notice in the Middle Ages.

Islamic History galleries to reopen at The Met

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be reopening 15 new galleries dedicated to the history of Islamic art – one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world. The reopening will take place on November 1st and give visitors the chance to see over 1200 works spanning over thirteen […]

Footnotes on Life: Marginalia in Three Medieval Icelandic Manuscripts

This project investigates what paratextual material—specifically marginalia—can tell us about the way medieval Icelandic readers felt about their books, and how they participated in the creation of the reading experience for future readers through the marks they left on the page.

Symbolism and Iconography of the Hawk in the Main Panel of the Bayeux Tapestry

Symbolism and Iconography of the Hawk in the Main Panel of the Bayeux Tapestry By Makra Péter Published Online (2001) Introduction: The main panel of the Bayeux Tapestry features a large predatory bird carried by human figures on several occasions. More precisely, this predatory bird can be found in plates [2], [5], [10], [15] and […]

Interview with Sharon Kay Penman

Best-selling author Sharon Kay Penman has published her twelfth novel, Lionheart, which focuses on King Richard I and his crusade to the Holy Land in the late-twelfth century. We had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Kay Penman about this novel and how she writes historical fiction: This book is a kind of sequel to your […]

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Lionheart By Sharon Kay Penman Penguin Books, 2011 ISBN: 978039915785 Publisher’s Description: From the New York Times-bestselling novelist, a stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Coeur de Lion. They were called “The Devil’s Brood,” though never to their faces. They were the […]

Shipwreck from Mongol Invasion fleet discovered off Japan

Archaeologists from the University of the Ryukyus in Japan have discovered large parts of a Mongolian/Chinese ship that was likely part of the Mongol invasion fleet that tried to invade the island in 1281. The find is the first intact wreck related to invasion attempts of Japan by the Mongolian ruler, Kublai Khan. Led by […]

The Land of the Dead – International Motifs in the Oldest Work of Japanese Literature

The Land of the Dead – International Motifs in the Oldest Work of Japanese Literature By Danijela Vasić Trans, No.9 (2009) Introduction: The Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) is the oldest extant work of Japanese literature. It was written in 712 AD with an aim to show the Imperial family’s legitimacy to the people and […]

Battle Castle set to invade TV screens in 2012

Battle Castle, a new Canadian television series airing in 2012, promises to reveal the military engineering behind six medieval castles – detail the epic sieges they faced, how they were built and the defensive strategies behind their design. Produced by Parallax Film Productions, the series will offer unique views of the castles of Conwy, Malbork, […]

Scholars explore Viking fortress in Ireland

Viking scholars from around the world came to the Irish communities of Dundalk and Annagassan last week to take part in a conference about the recently discovered fortress and longphort of Linn Duachaill. The conference was held at Dundalk’s Town Hall, while the nearby County Museum Dundalk has also started an exhibition entitled ‘Raiders, Traders […]

The contribution of the English mints to government revenue, 1158-1544

The contribution of the English mints to government revenue, 1158-1544 By Martin Allen Paper given at Economic History Society Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, 1-3 April 2011 Introduction: The contribution of the English mints to the king’s revenue is a relatively neglected aspect of government finance in medieval England. When the mints are included in […]

William Marshal: A Relic of Chivalry

William Marshal, hailed at his death as the ‘greatest knight in the world’ by the Knights Templar and the Archbishop of Canterbury, certainly lived up to those claims.

The uses of luxury: some examples from the Portuguese courts from 1480 to 1580

Whereas women accumulated objects in direct relation with their spirituality (with the exception of Queen Catarina), men favoured the possession of religious objects as a strategy in order to reinforce political power and authority.

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