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Archives for April 2013

Pleasurable Forms and Forms of Pleasure in the Pages of the Pearl – manuscript

Bahr discussed the poem, Pearl, jokingly termed, ‘a formalists wet dream’, and focused on its implied relationship between pleasure and form and how it explored the relationship between desire and fruitfulness.

Rare 15th-Century Manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah purchased by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Mishneh Torah was created by Moses Maimonides (d.1204), and is considered one of the most important documents of medieval Jewish law.

Jewish Hawking in Medieval France: Falconry, Rabbenu Tam, and the Tosafists

Falconry reached an apex in the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, but in the modern era it was displaced to a great extent by the use of firearms. The present article explores the medieval Jewish knowledge of, and especially the exploitation of this technique, centered in twelfth-century Northern France in the communities surrounding the great master Tosafist, Rabbenu Tam.

Queen of All Islands: The Imagined Cartography of Matthew Paris’s Britain

In the middle decade of the thirteenth century, the Benedictine monk and historian Matthew Paris drew four regional maps of Britain. The monk’s works stand as the earliest extant maps of the island and mark a distinct shift from the cartographic traditions of medieval Europe.

Vikings – Review of Episode 9: All Change

The season finale of Vikings – an angry wife, a decimated village, a pregnant lover and treacherous brother.

The Borgias – Review of Season 3 Episode 3: Siblings

Negotiations, marriage, deadly plots and forbidden love are all par for the course this week. It seems nobody can have a normal day in the Borgia household.

Game of Thrones – Review of Season 3 Episode 5: Kissed by Fire

This week on Game of Thrones, plots thicken and are thwarted, alliances are made, and punishment is doled out.

Magic in English Thirteenth-Century Miracle Collections

This contribution focuses on miracle collections as a source for medieval magic for three reasons. The first is the very closeness of magic and miracles, for both seek to procure results which transcend nature, and to do this through the medium of a human practitioner.

Bede’s Perspective and Purpose in the Ecclesiastical History of the English People

I argue that Bede’s involvement in ecclesiastical affairs throughout his life both illuminates and clouds his perspective on the history of the English church.

Conflict and Coercion in Southern France

This paper endeavors to examine the mechanisms by which the crown of France was able to subsume the region of Languedoc in the wake of the Albigensian Crusade in the thirteenth century.

The Possible Reasons for the Arab-Khazar Wars

From the middle of the 7th century until the second half of the 8th century, the Arab-Khazar wars were fought by the Umayyad, and later by the Abassid Caliphate against the regional power, the Khazar Khaganate.

The Development of Stained Glass in Gothic Cathedrals

In this research paper, I will be primarily focusing on the stained glass windows and architectural styles employed in five gothic buildings in France, each having their own unique and notable attributes pertaining to the development of stained glass windows.

Peter of Dusburg’s attitude towards the Holy Land in the Crusades Period

Peter of Dusburg, a monk and brethren of the Teutonic Order had been one of the greatest Chronicles writers of the Military Order. He had written his book ‘Chronicon Terrae Prussiae’ in Latin in 1326, during the tenure of the Teutonic Grand Master Werner von Orseln.

Magic for the dead? The archaeology of magic in later medieval burials

Was this magic healing or protective? Did it aim to safeguard the living or conjure the dead? Who were the recipients of such magical rites — and who was responsible for performing them?

Dancing plagues and mass hysteria

John Waller on how distress and pious fear have led to bizarre outbreaks across the ages

Maps Illustrating the Viking Invasions of England

The accompanying maps, which were prepared for lecture-purposes, may perhaps be useful to others who want to illustrate a popular account of the Viking invasions of this country

Lincolnshire and the Arthurian Legend

This article is intended to rectify this, proceeding from the widely-held assumption of the existence of a genuinely ‘historical Arthur’, before going on to consider the even more fundamental question of whether we ought to believe in Arthur’s existence at all.

Comparing Harems: Abbasid and Ottoman Harem Organization

The following research delves into the organizational structures of the luxurious harems of Medieval Abbasid and Ottoman Empires; comparing the two different empires’ harems within the political, economic, and social spheres that the royal women lived in.

Queen’s Gold and Intercession: The Case of Eleanor of Aquitaine

This essay will consider basic questions about queen’s gold and intercession. First it will address the mechanics of the levy and collection of queen’s gold, beginning with fundamentals such as the nature of the levy and who paid. An investigation into the origins of queen’s gold will follow.

King John’s Testament and the Last Days of his Reign

King John’s testament is the first royal testament or will to survive in its original form in an English context.

More skeletons discovered at medieval site in Edinburgh

Archaeologists working on the building site of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation have discovered what appears to be a family tomb, perhaps related to a medieval knight who was discovered in the same location last month.

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