Vlad the Impaler is often buried in the vampire myths of Count Dracula, even in Romania where the Impaler lived and died.
In early medieval Ireland, children could be reared in foster families or by the church.
The Medieval Papacy explores the unique role that the Roman Church and its papal leadership played in the historical development of medieval Europe.
Legal texts are aimed at maintaining order and defining what is legal in a given society. In the Middle Ages they often take the form of descriptions of situations and cases representing the conditions for the application of various rules.
Stories of werewolves and their canine kin have been around for centuries, and some of them may be a bit surprising.
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.
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.
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Charisma and Routine: Shaping the Memory of Brother Richard and Joan of Arc Andrew Brown (School of Humanities, Massey University, New Zealand) Religions, 2012, 3(4), 1162-1179…
Conference at the University of Victoria, February 28 ‐ March 1, 2014
Why are there modern ink stamps on medieval manuscripts?
Robin Fleming, one of America’s leading early medieval historians, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called ‘Genius Grant’.
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.
During the Middle Ages, aristocratic banquets were common and often grandiose affairs. The function of a banquet went beyond mere celebration of an event or holiday and became a tool for demonstrating a person’s wealth, influence, piety, and generosity.
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?
This article attempts to record systematically all the silkwomen of London who were daughters or wives of London mercers between 1400 and 1499.
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.
Archaeological research has backed up findings that a Viking assembly ground, known as a Þing, is located under a car park in northern Scotland.
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.
Our top 10 list of worst medieval nicknames
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’.
20th Annual Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, being held on February 6-8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona
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?
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.
The military orders were unique religious institutions in very obvious ways, but one characteristic feature that has so far attracted little attention is the fact that of all the regular religious orders and communities that existed during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries only they wore the cross, which was the sign of the crusader, permanently on their habit.