What I found there was both stranger and more innocuous than anything I had heard.
The transition to the medieval thematic system of provincial administration took place at a period of time on which our level of information is extremely low.
The status of the Red Sea as a lane of communication be-tween the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean has beenwidely commented upon…The medieval period was no exception to this. The establishment of Mecca as a centre of pilgrimage and theincreasing importance of Cairo both served to provide further motives for seafaring activity along and across theRed Sea.
Before discussing the relationship between Cúchulainn and Fergus, fosterage in medieval Ireland must be understood. The fostering of children was common in the early middle ages. It entailed send- ing children away from their birth parents to be raised in comparable households until about the age of seventeen. This system was important for both the families and the children who were fostered.
This paper intends to explore some of the possibilities offered by the physical and conceptual structures of fairs towards the interpretation of medieval culture from the viewpoint of an archaeologist working largely in southern Italy.
The editing of medieval alchemical texts poses a number of challenges to the modern scholar.
Special individuals capable of understanding the language of birds are spread throughout the medieval Icelandic literary corpus. This phenomenon has received surprisingly little academic attention and is deserving of detailed, extensive, and interdisciplinary study. Capable of flight and song, birds universally hold a special place in human experience. Their effective communication to people in Old Norse lore offers another example of their unique role in humanity’s socio-cosmic reality.
The standard method employed in characterization studies of amber, namely infrared spectrography, can discriminate roughly between Baltic amber and amber from other European sources…
For the greater part of human history…disease has been understood in terms of its manifestations on the outside of the body. more than any other sign, t has been spots that have signified the onset of disease…
Though extremely fascinating and very appealing, the theory of the saxonization and northernization of the Gospel has ended up permeating every single level upon which an analysis of the poem can be carried out, becoming a sort of a priori starting point that may lead scholars to over-interpretation and, therefore, hinder them from developing a perhaps deeper insight into the poem.
Even if we cannot accept the claim made by Geoffrey in his introduction that his putative source was ‘attractively composed to form a consecutive andorderly narrative’, he certainly made extensive use ofWelsh genealogies andking-lists.
According to local tradition, Killevin was the first parish church of Glassary before being succeeded by Kilneuair. Unfortunately, the lack of surviving evidence regarding the ecclesiastical history of the parish before the mid-14th century poses real problems for untangling the status of medieval Killevin. Even that of Kilneuair is shrouded in doubt.
In the thirteenth century, charters in the name of women became more plentiful, especially in the case of widows, and more standard formulas emphasising the ‘lawful power of widowhood’ were employed widely.
This thesis offers a corrective to standard histories of medieval devotion that circumvent the Anglo-‐Saxon contribution to medieval piety, by investigating private prayers found in certain manuscripts between 800 and 1050. It examines the manuscript tradition of prayer, to reveal the reality of prayer performance in Anglo-‐Saxon England.
The site where the artefacts were discovered is located on the edge of what was known as ‘the great pit’, a gravel pit that was in use in the 1860s. A number of Scandinavian furnished burials were discovered through gravel extraction at that time.
A unified sovereignty never came into existence in Ireland throughout the middle ages. Nevertheless, the native inhabitants of this island have been reported as being of one nation in several different documents since the seventh century.
During the second half of the fifteenth century, Ferrara became the seat of one of the more prominent Italian courts and it achieved a reputation as a leading cultural centre.
This paper aims to be an initial stepping stone in the understanding of the foundation and evolution of Byzantine strategy.
In the medieval bestiaries, which were considered to be authorities on zoological truths, the fox was described as a fraudulent and ingenious animal.
Cardano’s ‘Encomium Neronis’—rendered in my translation as ‘Nero, an Exemplary Life’—is structured like a pleading in Nero’s defense delivered in front of a modern court of law by a very clever, if not entirely genial, lawyer.
I am going to take you on a small tour of clothing production and of the many roles that clothing played in medieval life.
Margaret’s extraordinary career brings the historian closer to the early development of the Franciscans and the Order of Penance; it tells us much about how women saints were described, and about how civic cults of saints emerged.
The Wenlock Jug, a medieval artefact that was stolen earlier this year from a museum in Luton, England, was recovered earlier this week by Bedfordshire Police.
Japanese tradition has revolved for centuries around the concept that groups of people must work together to accomplish goals.
Unlike the preceding millennium, which had seen the upheavals of the Roman conquest and then growing Anglo-Saxon influence, and the related socioeconomic transformations reflected, for example, in the emergence, virtual desertion and then revival of an urban hierarchy, the post-Conquest Medieval period was one of relative social, political and economic continuity.