Archives for March 2012

From Magic to Maleficium: The Crafting of Witchery in Late Medieval Text

This paper will elucidate the importance of the interdependency among maleficium, gender, heresy and church doctrine in the cauldron of witch fears which bubbled forth in the late middle ages and boiled over in the early modern world.

VAGANTES: Between Tradition and Change: Monastic Reform in Three fifteenth-century German Redactions of the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt

Using the life of St. Mary of Egypt, this paper will consider three different Middle High German versions produced by reform communities and will analyze how the reform ideologies and goals manifest in the texts.

Filmmaker to bring the Middle Ages and Rap together in ‘The Quickener’

A British filmmaker is seeking to raise $8000 to produce a medieval rap movie. The Quickener is described as “a fast-paced medieval drama, set during the year the Black Death struck England…”

VAGANTES: Necessary Imperfection: The Body of Sainte Marie l’Egyptienne

This paper seeks to examine the role of the body and its relationship to the world around it in the “vie de sainte” of Marie l’Egyptienne, who is an excellent example of a female saint who begins life as a sinner and transforms her body into something holy. This presentation will focus on the version of Marie l’Egyptienne’s life written by Rutebeuf in the 13th century, but will also bring in elements of other versions and of the stories of other female saints who transform their bodies for comparison.

Dragons: ancient creatures in modern times

Then an old harrower of the dark happened to find the hoard open, the burning one who hunts out barrows, the slick-skinned dragon, threatening the night sky with streamers of fire.

Authority and freedom: the medieval roots of an understanding of religious freedom

Some regard religious freedom as a product of the Enlightenment. However, the roots of a later understanding of religious freedom as articulated in Dignitatis Humanae of the Second Vatican Council lie in the Middle Ages.

Hijab – the Islamic dress code: its historical development, evidence from sacred sources and views of selected Muslim scholars

The issue of a Muslim woman’s dress code has been debated for centuries. This is of great importance as it is widely used as a criterion to measure the extent of a woman’s piety or devotion to Allah.

The Walters Art Museum Receives $265,000 NEH Grant to Digitize Over 100 Flemish Manuscripts

This third NEH grant allows the Walters to provide public access to an even greater number of its illuminated medieval manuscripts

Brute force: Medieval foundation myths and three modern organizations’ quests for hegemony

This article takes the narrative tropes of Europe’s archetypal national foundation myth, the founding of Rome, retold in the epic Latin poem, Virgil’s Aeneid, and traces their reemergence in the foundation stories of three major modern organizations.

The Hero as a Reflection of Culture

As heroes, Achilles, Aeneas, Beowulf, and Roland reflect the values of the societies that created them.

Chaucer’s female characters in the Canterbury Tales

How are the female narrators and characters represented? Does their status correspond to women‟s historical situation in the fourteenth century?

Crac des Chevaliers in danger as Syrian forces shell town around medieval castle

Video emerged yesterday which appears to show that the town surrounding Crac des Chevaliers in Syria under artillery fire from Syrian forces.

Islamic astronomy

Although the story of how Greek astronomy passed to the Arabsis comparatively well known, the history of its transformation by Islamic scholars and subsequent retransmission to the Latin West is only now being written

Alfred the Great’s Burnt Boethius

One can trace the reason for these curious editorial developments to two factors: (1) the inaccessibility of the tenth-century manuscript, which everyone thought was destroyed in the 1731 fire, until its burnt remains were recovered at the British Museum in the 1830s; and (2) an overpowering edition-in-progress of the twelfth-century manuscript by the great seventeenth-century scholar Francis Junius, with extensive collations from the missing tenth-century manuscript.

Philosopher-king: Nechtan mac Der Ilei

Like so much of the history of the early church in Scotland, it is bound up with modern political and religious factionalism. Was Naiton an English imperialist flunky? A Romanist stooge, allowing the authority of the Pope and St Peter into his realm?

The Roman elite and the power of the past: continuity and change in Ostrogothic Italy

This thesis examines the changes forced upon the Roman elite in the evolving political climate of Ostrogothic Italy.

Childbirth Prayers in Medieval and Early Modern England: “For drede of perle that may be-falle”

Childbirth prayers and rituals from the medieval period and early modern era shall be analyzed and compared with childbirth prayers and rituals in post-Reformation England.

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