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Archives for May 2014

Quiz: Who is this Character in Game of Thrones?

Try this quiz to see if you know the names of 30 characters from the show Game of Thrones

Richard III had severe scoliosis but was not a hunchback, researchers find

Scientists and researchers have completed their study on the spinal column of Richard III, and have also released a 3-D model of the spine.

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Scotland

Interested in visiting a medieval castle in Scotland? Here is our picks for the 10 best Scottish castles that date from the Middle Ages.

English Medieval Landmarks get £35 million in heritage funding

Canterbury Cathedral, Nottingham Castle and Bath Abbey will all be receiving millions of pounds in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing them to carry out new conservation and heritage projects.

CONFERENCES: Renaissance Drinking Culture and Renaissance Drinking Vessels

This paper took a closer look at Renaissance drinking vessels and drinking culture and examined the types of vessels commonly used in Italy and the Netherlands during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

The Childhood of William the Conqueror

Duke Robert died when William was seven leaving him to rely on other men to rule his duchy until he came of age. These years were fraught with peril.

Medieval Song of Summer: Sumer is Icumen In!

One of the most famous pieces of music that has survived is a Middle English song about summer.

Can History Help Us Think About Religious Conflicts?

Do the respective claims of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic holy texts contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them? Or do they provide a basis for solidarity between the three Abrahamic religions?

Disbinding Some Manuscripts, and Rebinding Some Others

This paper will discuss the theory and practice of virtual disbinding, how to virtually disbind manuscripts in order to answer questions about how they were designed and built by their creators.

MOVIE REVIEW: Barbarossa – Siege Lord

MOVIE REVIEW: Barbarossa – Siege Lord “I order Milan to be raised to the ground. None of its towers will ever be standing. I also order all the Milanese to leave the city before sunset, in all different directions so that no one will be able to call themselves Milanese and the name “milan” will […]

Where medieval London got its fish from

During the 13th century the supply of fish to London dramatically changed from a local supply to one important from outside England.

The King in Disguise: An International Popular Tale in Two Old Icelandic Adaptations

The following essay is intended as a contribution to the current reassessment of the rela- tionship of Old Icelandic saga literature to the European mainstream and of the ways of literary tradition in dealing with oral sources.

Blended and Extended Families in Carolingian Charters

This is a summary of a paper on Carolingian charters and the relationship between step and blended families.

Using Gems in Medieval Spells

David Porreca examines how the magical spells found in the Picatrix made use of precious gems.

Edward I and the Appropriation of Arthurian Legend

I recount some of the various activities of Edward I where he appears to use Arthurian legend in a political context, making no attempt to draw conclusions about the nature of national identity in thirteenth century England, but rather to demonstrate the potential of this era for re-evaluation and reinterpretation by those interested in pursuing such matters.

How to help restore an Irish castle

The owners of a 16th-century Irish castle are hoping to raise €18,000 to restore the keep’s Great Hall.

First historical evidence of a significant Mt. Etna eruption in 1224

The 1224 Mt. Etna eruption is a significant event both in terms of the mass of erupted materials and because it involved the lower eastern slope of the volcano, reaching down to the sea.

Which Game of Thrones Woman Are You?

Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Margaery Tyrell, Ygritte the Wildling, and Cersei Lannister. Take this quiz to find out which Game of Thrones woman you are most like!

The Salvation Diet

For people in the Middle Ages, Lent was a time of both physical fasting and spiritual renewal. In her paper, ‘The Salvation Diet’, Martha Daas examines how medieval people endured the 40 days of fasting.

Top 10 Strangest Miracles of the Middle Ages

Holy hairs, Virgin’s milk and how a bird asked for St.Thomas’ help – Top 10 Strangest Miracles in the Middle Ages

Origin and Creation: London Guilds of the Twelfth Century

London, as well as other towns and cities of the twelfth century, acted as the epicenter for guilds to create a regulated authority over members, monopolies, and outside merchants.

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