Archives for December 2012

The Battle of Maldon: The Lego Version

Director and narrated by David Waugh of DTG Productions, it retells The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo-Saxon poem that describes a battle that took place on 10 August 991

Matrimonial politics and core-periphery interactions in twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Scotland

The medieval kingdom of Scotland was a rich amalgam of diverse ethnic elements which reflected the turbulent history of the first millennium of its development.

Russian Pilgrims in Constantinople

If one compares the Russian Anthony text with the original Mercati Anonymus text, the longest and most detailed of the three extant contemporary Western descriptions of the shrines of Constantinople, one finds that the Latin text includes only twenty of the seventy-six religious shrines mentioned by the Russian enumeration.

A Christological reading of The Ruin

We should be aware that the semantic scope of each word may vary drastically and that the reader is influenced by many variables in attaching the meaning to a given word. The question becomes trickier if we take the allegorical viewpoint, because polysemy is concerned with the entire text, not with just a word. Thus, we should not consider the surface meaning of the words, but look more carefully for the covert meanings.

Early Islamic Maritime Technology

This paper examines the extent to which the events of the 7th century were actually responsible for alterations to the maritime technology and associated practices of the Mediterranean during the early Islamic period.


The thesis of this study is that her task was to start a great work of reform in the church, beginning with the personal conversion of the individuals responsible for the wellbeing of the community and gradually involving all Christians. She intended this reform to prepare society for the second coming of Christ.

Learning from the Dead

Somewhere along the banks of the River Volga in Russia there is a large earthen mound underneath which are the burnt remains of a cremation funeral conducted over a thousand years ago.

Early Irish Manuscripts: The Art of the Scribes

The Irish have always loved words.

The Effects of the Muslim Conquest on the Persian Population of Iraq

The Muslim conquest was responsible for changes in the distribution of Persians in Iraq wrought by the combined effects of death, captivity, defection, and migration.

Joan of Arc: Christian Heretic, Christian Saint

Joan of Arc was the French hero of the Hundred Years War and the catalyst who tipped the war in favor of the French after a series of disheartening English victories.

Women in Troubadour Song: Of the Comtessa and the Vilana

Since we have melodies for both songs, the question of what “feminine” voices we are hearing is a musi- cal as well as a poetic issue.

The Sadness of the woods is bright: Deforestation and conservation in the Middle Ages

Middle Age and Renaissance poets and dramatists pictured the deserts and moun­tains as ugly, treacherous and inhospitable areas; for­ests as shadowy, wild places often inhabited by evil spirits, demons and witches, bestial creatures, wild men and beasts.

Call for Papers: Ethics in medievalism

What role do ethics play in post-medieval responses to the Middle Ages?

The Cross as Tree: The Wood-of-the-Cross Legends in Middle English and Latin Texts in Medieval England

The wood-of-the-cross legend is actually a group of narratives that trace the pre- history of the wood used to make Christ’s cross back to Old Testament figures, or in some cases back to paradise itself.

Top Ten Medieval Articles of 2012

In first place is an article about a very unusual dance craze from the 16th century. As usual, articles about to world of sex in the Middle Ages can be found among top ten list, as does papers about Tolkien, the Vikings, and Richard the Lionheart.

Reading Health in the Stars: Politics and Medical Astrology in Renaissance Milan

Horary astrology was skillfully exploited in political circles and suggests that, far from being irrelevant to our understanding of Renaissance Italy, astrology played an important role in shaping its history.

Early European Longswords: Evidence of Form and Function

The longsword probably first arose somewhere in Germany (i.e. Holy Roman Empire) and eventually spread via migratory innovation and/or native industry to England, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, Iberia, Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Baltica.

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