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Archives for January 2012

See Castles in 3D!

Medieval history fans get an online treat from the makers of Battle Castle – dozens of photos and videos of castles in 3D!

Medieval Harmondsworth Barn to be preserved by English Heritage

English Heritage has purchased a medieval barn in west London, once described as the “Cathedral of Middlesex” for £20,000. Harmondsworth Barn is listed as a Grade I building, placing it alongside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace for its exceptional architectural and historic interest.

Medieval English Roodscreens

The research shows that considerable sums were spent during the later middle ages on the construction, decoration, and maintenance of screens in all churches, from cathedrals and monasteries to parish churches.

Interpreting a medieval church through liturgy

Some of us still feel that an attempt to bring the old liturgy of the church to life again would transport us best of all across the centuries to Tudor times. For churches are built primarily for liturgy – it is their staple diet.

Public can now walk the York Jewish History Trail

The York Jewish History Trail was launched on Friday, giving the public the chance to explore hundreds of years of Jewish history in England.

Perception of Women of the Arthurian Legend in the Middle Ages and in the Twentieth Century

The first chapter of my thesis provides a chronological account of the development of female characters in the Arthurian legend. The chapter begins with Celtic myths from which the legend originated, the role of women in Celtic religion and society is described as well as the extent to which the Celtic aspects of the legend have been preserved…

The Cipherment of the Franks Casket

The content carved on the Franks Casket has remained as obscure as its origin. No-one has managed to properly interpret the artwork and the runic inscriptions, though the piece has often passed under the scope over the 150 years since its discovery; with a range of lenses, which at times have passed the flaw to the thing seen.

A Case Study in Byzantine Dragon-Slaying: Digenes and the Serpent

The texts of Digenes Akrites that we have tell us little or nothing of value about the time of Basil I, but they do attest to the nostalgia with which later Byzantines thought of the time before the loss of the Empire’s eastern territories.

Colmcille and the Battle of the Book: Technology, Law and Access to Knowledge in 6th Century Ireland

Nowadays people can get heavily fined or even jailed for copyright infringement7 but it is not generally a capital offence. So how could a holy man, of all people, derive such a sense of righteousness and glory from the carnage of war, especially one apparently triggered by something as innocuous as the copying of a single manuscript?

The Zagwe period re-interpreted: post-Aksumite Ethiopian urban culture

The history of Ethiopia from the decline of Aksum until the early sixteenth century is commonly divided into three periods.

The Social Stratigraphy of Coin and Credit in Late Medieval England

The money that the medieval English made conducted matters of state into the heart of society. The concerted quality of value – the fact that creating a currency connected public authority with every individual holding it – made that unavoidable.

L’église Saint-Martin de Luxeuil-les-Bains (Haute-Saône). Première campagne

À ce stade de la fouille, nous avons pu définir provisoirement huit grandes phases. La première construction reconnue pourrait être une domus urbaine du IIe siècle après J.-C., abandonnée dans la première moitié du IVe siècle et à laquelle succède une occupation tardo-antique.

St Fursa, the genealogy of an Irish saint the historical person and his cult

As it turns out, Fursa’s differing genealogical affiliations mirror the subsequent shifts in political and ecclesiastical developments in Irish medieval history.

The Knight and the Serpent: A Legend of Medieval Normandy

John R. Gabourel writes about the universal tale of choices and where they can lead us in his novel The Knight and the Serpent: A Legend of Medieval Normandy

The Hanseatic League of the Middle Ages

In the High Middle Ages, confederations of towns were the dominant characteristic of Germany, since the organization of the Empire was loose enough to allow a kind of independence to the growing cities.

Cluny Cross: A Mad Medieval Tale

Cluny Cross – A Mad Medieval Tale, a novel placed in the 11th century, follows a Benedictine monk’s frantic adventure through the Byzantine and Turk Empires before it races on to Jerusalem and the embattled Holy Land.

Museum Secrets, Season 2: Episode 3 Preview: National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Airs Thursday, January 26 at 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY TELEVISION CANADA

Charters as weapons. On the role played by early medieval dispute records in the disputes they record

This paper seeks to shed more light on how written records were used during the Carolingian period by examining the role played by records of property disputes in the disputes they record.

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