Archives for January 2014

The Management of the Mobilization of English Armies: Edward I to Edward III

This thesis examines government administrative action that can be described as ‘management’, in the context of the logistics of mobilizing royal armies during the reigns of Edward I, Edward II and Edward III.

Medieval Tavern Names

Looking for a cool name to call your drinking establishment? Check out what the names of these taverns from medieval London.

The Role of Bishops in Anglo-Saxon Succession Struggles, 955 x 978

With these words the anonymous author of the Vita Sancti Oswaldi, now believed to be Byrhtferth of Ramsey, depicts the situation after the death of King Edgar in 975.

Medieval English for Dummies

A quick-and-dirty guide for would-be Time-travellers

What if the Arians had won? A Reformation historian reconsiders the Medieval Western Church

Diarmaid MacCulloch speculates on what Western Christianity would have been like in the perfectly plausible event of an Arian outcome to its emergence from the disappearance of the Western Roman Empire.

Medieval Museum in Waterford wins awards

Congratulations to the Waterford Medieval Museum for winning ‘Best Heritage Project’ and ‘Best Public Building’ from the Local Authority Members Awards

Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy was a man born with huge potential.

Education in the Middle Ages

Let’s have a five-minute look at medieval education.

Old Light on New Media: Medieval Practices in a Digital Ages

This essay offers an insight into the way digital editions of medieval texts can be employed to replicate the medieval reading experience.

Medievalists gather in New Zealand for conference

Medieval scholars from around the world are meeting over the next couple of days at Massey University in New Zealand to discuss urban issues in the Middle Ages, such as infrastructure, immigration and crime.

Call for Papers: ‘To Die Would be an Awfully Big Adventure’: The Glory and the Gore of Death and Horror Through the Ages

Abstracts are now being invited for the 10th annual Medievalism Transformed conference at the University of Wales, Bangor, a one-day interdisciplinary event sponsored by the School of English Literature.

Black Death and Justinian’s Plague were caused by the same pathogen, scientists find

Two of the world’s deadliest pandemics – Justinian’s Plague and the Black Death – were caused by the same pathogen. These findings were revealed yesterday in an article published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.

‘Part of our commonwealth’: a study of the Normans in eleventh-century Byzantine historiography

‘Part of our commonwealth’: a study of the Normans in eleventh-century Byzantine historiography Alexander Olson (Simon Fraser University) Simon Fraser University: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Master of Arts (2009) Abstract In the eleventh century several Norman mercenaries went to Byzantium where they alternately served or rebelled against the Empire. This thesis examines how […]

Filicide in Medieval Narrative

These filicide episodes, regardless of origin, serve a dual purpose within their narratives, to captivate with gripping material and to educate through example. Patterns regarding victims and perpetrators transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries.

Experiencing metaphor: a medieval headache

A metaphor is effective when it establishes a credible connection with the person for whom it was created. Such connection was often notably absent in the Middle Ages, when the role of the individual patients was often minimized, despite their obvious importance in the development of a diagnostic medical theory

Charlemagne minus Mohammed?

On 28th January it will be 1200 years since Charlemagne died in 814. His legacy was immense.

Charlemagne Father of the Continent. The Ideology of the European Christian Empire

Did ever Charles the Great had such a modern European ideology or it is just about a forced modernization of his ideas.

The St Albans Psalter now online

The St Albans Psalter, one of the most impressive medieval manuscripts created in twelfth-century England, has been digitized and is now available to view for free online.

St George’s Day: A Cultural History

The modern celebration of St. George’s Day, frequently associated with intense English nationalism, grew out of a religious feast that commemorated a Middle-Eastern individual who died protesting an intolerant empire.

The Lost Secret History of Nicetas the Paphlagonian

Although the Secret History of Nicetas the Paphlagonian has failed to reach us in its original form, it has probably shaped our knowledge of Byzantium in the ninth and early tenth centuries more than any surviving text.

Ibn Wāṣil: An Ayyūbid Perspective on Frankish Lordships and Crusades

Ibn Wāṣil (604/1208-697/1298) was a relatively prominent scholar and administrator who had close links with the political and military elites of Ayyūbid- and early Mamlūk-period Egypt and Syria throughout his career.

Elisabeth of Schönau: Visions and Female Intellectual Culture of the High Middle Ages

Elisabeth of Schönau (1128/29-1164/65) was a Rhineland Benedictine who wrote numerous visionary texts. These works addressed local problems in the cloister and community, reform within the Church, and theological questions.

Byzantine Church and Mosaic discovered in Israel

Archaeologists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered the remains of a 1500 year old Byzantine church south of Tel Aviv. It includes a large mosaic and inscriptions in Greek.

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