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Archives for November 2013

The Commercial Map of Constantinople

The commercial topography of Constantinople was in part determined by the fact that it was a sea-bound city on seven hills, making access from the port to the forum and other commercial premises a key necessity in urban development.

Shops and Shopping in Britain: from market stalls to chain stores

The first retail shops, as opposed to those of craftsmen and artisans selling goods they made themselves, were drapers, mercers, haberdashers and grocers.

Æthelflæd, Lady of Mercia

Of all the medieval women I have researched and written about, Aethelflaed is by far my favorite. She was the daughter of Alfred the Great and was instrumental in carrying out his vision for a united Britain.

A Word About Our Words

This may be a little hard to believe, considering the conspicuous lack of “thee” and “thou” in modern writing, but the forms of English that came before are even more foreign.

Call to end ‘unseemly squabbling’ over the burial of King Richard III

As a legal battle began yesterday to determine where the remains of Richard III should be buried, at least one group has appealed for an end to ‘unseemly squabbling’ and advocates the England’s current monarch should be given say on where the medieval king should be laid to rest.

Donatello and Ghiberti: The Choice Betewen Compositional Unity and Narrative Force

In the spiritual epicenter of Quattrocento1 Florence April 2, 1452 marked the completion of the Baptistery of San Giovanni’s third set of bronze doors.

Holy War in The Song of Roland: The ‘Mythification’ of History

It is true, as the poem claims, that in 778 the rear guard of Charlemagne’s army was massacred at Roncevaux. But in reality — and in contrast to the claims of the song — the Basques, and not the Muslims, destroyed the rear guard of the Frankish forces.

Why did Vinland fail?

Brigitta Wallace, one of the leading scholars on the Vikings in North America, examines why their settlements failed.

Castle for Sale in England: Westenhanger Castle

One of Kent’s greatest historic houses, this Listed Grade I Heritage site comes with Towers, Castle wall remains and a landscaped inner court that is used as a wedding venue.

Medieval Books: Great Reads of 2013

Here are a few great medieval books that were released in 2013!

Roses in the Middle Ages

Roses reached the height of European favor in the 1200s and the 1300s after several centuries of increasing popularity.

A Rural Economy in Transition: Asia Minor from Late Antiquity into the Early Middle Ages

A Rural Economy in Transition deals with one of the most important periods in the history of Europe and the Middle East – the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Archaeological dig in Scotland reveals medieval building

Dig Dunfermline was a community project that included an archaeological team and 83 volunteers who spent several weeks examining an area where a museum and art gallery will be built next spring.

Wonders of the Medieval World exhibition comes to New York in early 2014

New York City will host an exhibition featuring the wide range of medieval art from Europe, including sculpture, paintings, stained glass, metalwork, and illuminated manuscripts.

Sex, lies and the Íslendinga sögur

Sex, lies and the Íslendinga sögur By Damian Fleming Sagas and Society, No.6 (2004) Abstract: Past scholars used to look upon the Icelandic family sagas as ideal witnesses to pre-Christian Germanic customs and morality. The sagas were believed to contain unbiased accounts of how men conducted their lives nobly and simply before the conversion to […]

Crac des Chevaliers – once again – Comments on the state of research

The Crac des Chevaliers in today’s Syria (province of Homs), is one of the most famous castles in the world – and not just because this spectacular eye-catcher is often used as a prime example when talking in the broadest sense about crusades or the Middle Ages in the Near East.

The Weight of Necklaces: Some insights into the wearing of women’s jewellery from Middle Saxon written sources

Extracts from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, and other contemporary Anglo-Saxon and Frankish sources concerning queens and princesses who went into the church, show that these authors were aware that in the seventh century necklaces could be an important part of the identity of high status women.

The Charlemagne Window at Chartres Cathedral: New Considerations on Text and Image

The Charlemagne Window, justly considered one of the most beautiful of the history windows of Chartres Cathedral, is located in the northeastern intermediate radial chapel and can probably be dated to about 1225.

The Brewer, the Baker, and the Monopoly Maker

This paper seeks to examine how productive entrepreneurial activities, such as innovation, influence unproductive entrepreneurial activities, such as regulatory rent seeking.

How to justify a crusade? The conquest of Livonia and new crusade rhetoric in the early thirteenth century

This article examines an apparently simple question: how to justify a crusade that did not aim at recovering the Holy Land.

Women In The Medieval And Renaissance Period: Spectators Only

The particular concern in this paper is the involvement of women in sport during the Middle Ages and Renaissance period and, indeed, the analysis will examine this involvement as to woman’s role as spectator or participant.

Society and the Supernatural: A Medieval Change

The supernatural has become what Renan said it was: ‘The way in which the ideal makes its appearance in human affairs.’

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