Archives for July 2012

Men’s Words in Women’s Mouths: Why Misogynous Stereotypes are Humorous in the Old French Fabliaux

How can misogyny, or any such unabashed and unrepentant diatribe against women, be part of a genre which is largely considered to be comic?

Is the Conservation of the United Kingdom’s Built Heritage Sustainable?

How does one put a price on the priceless? What is the cost of protecting and preserving this multitude of homes, castles, industrial buildings and urban social history and, more importantly, is it sustainable?

Sixth-century Anglo-Saxon woman discovered by British soldiers in Operation Nightingale

Injured British soldiers have helped uncover the remains of a 6th Century Anglo-Saxon female in an excavation project to preserve the remains of a burial site on Salisbury Plain.

Female Hospitallers in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

These Hospitaller brothers had sisters. The first known sister was Adelaide, who became a female Hospitaller during a chapter meeting of the Hospitallers of Saint-Gilles and Trinquetaille in 1146.

Review: Black Death

Black Death bills itself as a “Journey into Hell” and the film does a good job of portraying a dark and fearful world, where death is omnipresent.

Ibn Tufayl’s Treatise on Asthma, Lost and Found

‘Asthma occurs when it is hot, and on examination the lungs are distended, a pathognomonic sign.’ – Ibn Tufayl

Historical professionalism: A changing product of communities within the discipline

Very often historians of historiography refer to the nineteenth century as a period when the ‘professional historian ’ came into existence or when a ‘process of professionalization ’ changed the historical discipline.

The Physicality of Anger in the Middle Ages

The corporeal expression of anger has long carried deep cultural values. This was especially true in the Middle Ages, when anger was understood and valued through the physiognomy of the human body.

Kaiserchronik – 12th century ‘Chronicle of Emperors’ to be published in landmark edition

One of the most important historical works of the 12th-century, the Kaiserchronik, will be the focus of a £1 million project to create a new landmark new edition.

Archaeological dig to examine one of England’s first monasteries

The aim of the forthcoming campaign is to uncover more secrets dating to the period when Christianity was first established amongst the pagan Anglo-Saxons of Kent.

‘Imaginary’ or ‘Real’ Moneys of Account in Medieval Europe? An Econometric Analysis of the Basle Pound, 1365–1429

‘Imaginary’ or ‘Real’ Moneys of Account in Medieval Europe? An Econometric Analysis of the Basle Pound, 1365–1429 By Ernst Juerg Weber Explorations in Economic History, Vol.33 (1996) Abstract: During the Middle Ages, the medium of exchange function of money was separate from the unit of account function. This has given rise to the misconception that the […]

“Semiotics of the Cloth”: Reading Medieval Norse Textile Traditions

Reading textiles from medieval Norse society supplements written sources and also provides insight into the voice of the individual who created these textiles.

Horse and cargo handling on Medieval Mediterranean ships

Art from Venice and Ravenna in north-east Italy and the Topkapı Museum in Instanbul, Turkey, offers keys to understanding several questions of Medieval ship-loading practices in the Mediterranean, including cargo loading, and where the war-horse entered his Crusader’s ship.

Building the Ideology of Papal Monarchy Through Excommunication and Interdict: A comparison of Gregory VII and Innocent III

This thesis will examine and compare how excommunication and interdict augmented papal power during the reigns of Gregory VII and Innocent III.

The Question of Trabzon’s Efrenciyan Population: 1486-1583

The following article examines the ‘fate’ of the Efrenciyan or foreign residents of the city of Trabzon following the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1461.

Fayttes of Armes and of Chyvalrye

Malory’s Morte Darthur, as Caxton entitled it in his print of 1485, is well known and widely admired. This paper will try to relate it to an important part of its literary and cultural background, the fifteenth-century ‘literature of knighthood’ or ‘literature of nobility’, which is not well known and not admired at all.

Reading, literacy, and the writing of History in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

If the Chronicle is where the Anglo-Saxons told themselves their own story from the beginning, in the history of Chronicle scholarship Anglo-Saxonists can find the story of themselves.

Melchizedek as Exemplar for Kingship in Twelfth-Century Political Thought

The figure of Melchizedek, ‘king of Salem’ and ‘priest of God Most High’,was less prominently featured in political writings than Saul, David, Solo-mon, and other biblical rulers.

Plant hallucinogens as magical medicines

Did witches once soar through the night sky on broomsticks? Or were they hallucinating after eating or touching certain plants? Angelika Börsch-Haubold explains how modern pharmacology helps us to understand the action of many toxic plants – some of which are still used in medicine.

Innovation in Late Medieval Educational Thought: Vincent of Beauvais, Ramon Lull, and Pierre Dubois

The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries are usually given short shrift by historians of education, who tend to celebrate
the twelfth and fifteenth centuries as eras of immensely significant theoretical and practical innovation in education and ignore the interval between.

Literacy as Heresy: Lollards and the Spread of Literacy

An examination of the literacy habits of the Lollards, a heretical sect of the Middle Ages, will, I hope, provide a needed historical context for our concern today with literacy, technology, and responsibility.

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