Archives for May 2012


Mission and conversion have long been, and continue to be a preoccupation among historians. Mission as understood in this paper refers to an individual or group traveling outside of their land to achieve a purpose, whether it be instruction, securing peace, or conversion.

Saint Patrick and the Druids: A Window into Seventh-Century Irish Church Politics

Through an analysis of selected portions of Muirchú’s Life of Saint Patrick, this thesis will attempt to search out the hagiographer’s goals in writing as he did under the direction of Aed, Bishop of Sletty, during a critical time of debate in the Irish church. The primary method of accomplishing this will be through consideration of Patrick as a character in the hagiography.

How Many Tower-houses were there in the Scottish Borders?

At a recent conference on castles, the old ques- tion of how many tower-houses there were in the Scottish Borders cropped up once again during a general discussion. As far as I know it is a subject that has never been seriously researched in its entirety…

Teaching Byzantium

Pinning down Byzantium’s history and political culture, and even trying to determine its chronological limits is one of its challenges, wide open to first-years and professors of Byzantine history alike.

New Vikings MLitt offered by University of the Highlands and Islands

Learn about the Vikings in history and in popular culture online in one-year.

Full Metal Jousting: SE01EP09 “Charge On”

The semi finals are here! 4 men, two fantastic jousts! Join us for a recap of this week’s exciting episode of Full Metal Jousting!

Arrow-loops in the Great Tower of Kenilworth castle: Symbolism vs Active/Passive ‘Defence’

In 1931, Sidney Toy measured and drew arrow-loops in the top gallery of the Great Tower at Kenilworth and his drawings are reproduced here (Figs. 1 – 6), by permission of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Partners in Rule: A Study of Twelfth-Century Queens of England

The queens of twelfth-century England provide a prime example of how the queen was not, in fact, powerless in the rule of her realm, but rather a significant governmental official who had the opportunity to take a complementary part in royal rule that suited her strengths.

16th-Century Korean Mummy Provides Clue to Hepatitis B Virus Genetic Code

The discovery of a mummified Korean child with relatively preserved organs enabled an Israeli-South Korean scientific team to conduct a genetic analysis on a liver biopsy which revealed a unique hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype C2 sequence common in Southeast Asia.

The Monastic rules of Visigothic Iberia: a study of their text and language

Studies on early medieval monasticism have gained ground in recent scholarship.1 However, despite earlier activity,2 interest in early western monastic rules has generally lagged behind.

MyDante: An Online Environment for Contemplative and Collaborative Reading

This paper explores the tensions between individual and collaborative aspects of reading in the context of MyDante, a digital environment for the study of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

I’m the King of the Castle: Historvius launches social-travel game

Leading history travel website has launched a new social-travel game allowing people to truly become King of the Castle or even Emperor of the Colosseum. Users can rule historic sites they’ve visited, earn points, titles and badges, share with their friends and build their very own virtual empire while they travel.

The Quality of Scottish Mercy: Royal Letters of Remission in Medieval Scotland

In a plenary address for the Canadian Society of Medievalists, Professor Neville examines the development of pardons for political enemies and felons in late medieval Scotland, and how the concept of the King’s Peace differed between Scottish and English monarchs.

Deception and Impersonation in the Robin Hood Tradition: A Comparison of Medieval and Nineteenth-century Approaches

The linked themes of deception and impersonation have played a key role in the literary tradition of Robin Hood since its medieval inception.

The Great Lost Library of Alcuin’s York exhibition to take place at the University of York

A new series of multimedia exhibitions at the University of York will begin next month starting with the fascinating story of the great lost library of Alcuin and the research of Dr Mary Garrison from the University’s Department of History.

Women in the later medieval English economy: past perspectives, new directions

The scholarly exploration of women in the later medieval English economy is at least a century old.

Game of Thrones – Review SE02 EP09 – “Blackwater”

‘The world is built by killers so you’d better get used to looking at them.’ – The Hound.

The Economic and Monetary Policy of the Byzantine Empire under Alexios I Komnenos

Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118) has long been regarded as both the saviour of the Byzantine Empire, bringing it back from the brink of destruction, and as the orchestrator of its final decline.

Conference on ‘Richard III: Monarch and Man’ to take place in October

The Richard III Foundation, Inc. has announced plans for its 2012 conference – ‘Richard III: Monarch and Man’ – which will take place in Leicestershire on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October 2012.

Naval warfare in Europe, c.1330 – c.1680

The question is, then, to what extent a divide exists between medieval and early-modern European naval warfare.

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