Archives for October 2013

Castles, Confusion, and the Count: Vlad the Impaler’s Impact on Tourism in Romania

Vlad the Impaler is often buried in the vampire myths of Count Dracula, even in Romania where the Impaler lived and died.

Samhain: How Ritual Formed and Formation of Irish Celtic Identity

There are many lines of inquiry to explore in the analysis of Samhain’s role in Celtic identity, including: What constituted the Celtic identity? What did the Celtic community hold as its core values, ideals, hopes, and fears? How did Samhain rituals establish and reaffirm Celtic identity?

Converting Childhood: Shifting Perceptions of Childhood in Early Irish Ecclesiastical and Secular Law

In early medieval Ireland, children could be reared in foster families or by the church.

The Medieval Papacy, by Brett Whalen

The Medieval Papacy explores the unique role that the Roman Church and its papal leadership played in the historical development of medieval Europe.

Werewolves and the Dog-headed Saint in the Middle Ages

Stories of werewolves and their canine kin have been around for centuries, and some of them may be a bit surprising.

Designer of the Bayeux Tapestry identified

The Bayeux Tapestry was designed by Scolland, Abbot of St.Augustine’s monastery in Canterbury, according to research by Howard Clarke of University College, Dublin.

Sorcery at court and manor: Margery Jourdemayne, the witch of Eye next Westminster

One of the most sensational episodes of the mid-fifteenth century was the trial for treasonable witchcraft of Eleanor, duchess of Gloucester. As the wife of a royal duke, Humphrey of Gloucester, uncle to the young Henry VI, she not only moved in the highest circles but, since the king was still unmarried, was also amongst the first ladies in the land.

Queenship in Medieval Europe, by Theresa Earenfight

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Call for Papers: Medieval Secrets and Mysteries

Conference at the University of Victoria, February 28 ­‐ March 1, 2014

Mine, mine, mine! Marking Medieval Manuscripts, Then and Now

Why are there modern ink stamps on medieval manuscripts?

Robin Fleming awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Robin Fleming, one of America’s leading early medieval historians, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called ‘Genius Grant’.

The Italian Giant Bibles, Lay Patronage, and Professional Workmanship

Eleventh-century Umbro-Roman Giant Bibles were commissioned by varied church and lay patrons (and not only by Roman reform- party adherents) and crafted by ad hoc assemblies of paid craftsmen using methods of carefully calibrated, synchronous copying to reduce production time for the single commission.

Bede on the Life of St. Felix

If the eighth-century Anglo-Saxon writer Bede had the chance to rework a Saint’s life, what changes would he make and how would he make it more relevant for his audience?

Two dozen and more Silkwomen of Fifteenth-Century London

This article attempts to record systematically all the silkwomen of London who were daughters or wives of London mercers between 1400 and 1499.

Danse Macabre’ Around the Tomb and Bones of Margaret of York

Over 500 years ago on 23 November 1503, at Malines, in present day Belgium, died Margaret of York, sister to Edward IV and Richard III of England and third and last wife of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, whom she survived by a quarter of a century.

What has been found now under a car park? A Viking Þing

Archaeological research has backed up findings that a Viking assembly ground, known as a Þing, is located under a car park in northern Scotland.

Account Rolls of Medieval Savoy: Example of the Castellany of Evian-Féternes in 1299–1300

The medieval principality of Savoy left historians an outstanding legacy: the corpus of account rolls of its castellanies, the base administrative units of medieval Savoy.

Alfonso the Slobberer and Ivar the Boneless: Worst Nicknames for Medieval Rulers

Our top 10 list of worst medieval nicknames

The history of sneezing

Pope Gregory VII enjoined his people to say, ‘may God bless you’ as an equivalent to ‘I hope you may rid yourself of the bacillus’.

Call for Papers: Catastrophes and the Apocalyptic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

20th Annual Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, being held on February 6-8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Interview with Dana Cushing, on De Itinere Navali

The other interesting story is the manuscript’s survival itself – it was nearly destroyed three times in the past two hundred years alone! Who knows how many narrow escapes it had just from war, fire, neglect, ignorance, and so forth before that?

Ricardians gather in York to commemorate England’s Last Plantagenet King

Historians and students of medieval history gathered in York today for a special event in memory of King Richard III, England’s last Plantagenet monarch.

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