Archives for July 2014

Quiz: Early Medieval Ireland

Try this quiz and see how much do you know about Ireland in the Early Middle Ages!

Herleva of Falaise, Mother of William the Conqueror

Legends states the young Duke Robert I of Normandy was on the walkway of his castle at Falaise looking down at the river and discovered a beautiful young girl washing clothes. He asked to see her and she became his mistress. She would become the mother of William the Conqueror.

To Be or Not to Be… a Christian: Some New Perspectives on Understanding the Christianisation of Estonia

The Christianisation of Estonia has been a subject of extensive research already for a couple of centuries. Archaeologists generally agree that some elements of Christian religion were present in Estonia already prior to official Christianisation at the beginning of the 13th century.

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume IV Issue 4

The theme for this issue is The Burgundian Wars (1474-1477)

Did they burn books in the Middle Ages?

This ‘public relations’ aspect was not only essential to book-burning; it was even more important than actual the destruction of the book.

Gratian’s Dilemma: The Man, the Prostitute, the Maid and the Infidel

The 12th-century scholar Gratian offers us a fictitious case of a man who wants to marry a prostitute. It only gets crazier from there!

Measuring the Value of Things in the Middle Ages

The difficulty of understanding the value of things in the Middle Ages is one of the obstacles to our understanding of economic life in that era. The issue is first of all associated with the ways medievalists quantify and use numbers. Value was first investigated when studying prices in the 19th century, as a prerequisite to any knowledge of the economy.

The World in 1467: The Maps of Nicolaus Germanus

Maps of the medieval world in 1467, by Nicolaus Germanus

The ‘Viking Apocalypse’ of 22nd February 2014: An Analysis of the Jorvik Viking Centre’s Ragnarǫk and Its Media Reception

If one signed on to a social media site, checked a news website or, in some cases, even watched one’s local evening news during mid- to late February 2014, one may have encountered some surprising news

BOOK REVIEW: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

BOOK REVIEW: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion I had the pleasure of reading another Emma Campion (Candace Robb) novel recently. Campion, who has written extensively about Alice Perrers, the royal mistress of King Edward III, in her hit, The King’s Mistress, is back on the shelves with a new book released this month entitled: A Triple Knot. This […]

1295: The Year of the Galleys

This lecture is about an extraordinary set of English shipbuilding accounts dating from the 1290s, when the ports of London, Southampton, Ipswich, York, Newcastle and other places constructed eight war galleys for King Edward I.

Living la vita apostolica: Life expectancy and mortality of nuns in late-medieval Holland

Living la vita apostolica: Life expectancy and mortality of nuns in late-medieval Holland Jaco Zuijderduijn (Utrecht University ) Centre for Global Economic History: Utrecht University, Working Paper No. 44, June (2013) Abstract Data on vital events of medieval women are extremely scarce. We use a dataset based on a necrology of nuns in late-medieval Holland […]

Fund-Raising for a Medieval Monastery: Indulgences and Great Bricett Priory

Fund-Raising for a Medieval Monastery: Indulgences and Great Bricett Priory By R.N. Swanson Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, Vol.40:1 (2001) Introduction: Although they tend to evoke derision and dismissal because of their association with Chaucer’s Pardoner and Luther’s onslaught on catholicism, indulgences were, arguably, one of the fundamental and most ubiquitous elements […]

A New Set of Fourteenth Century Planetary Observations

The Astronomy of Levi ben Gerson (d.1344) is unusual for recording 45 observations he made of planetary longitudes and latitudes that are presented here for the first time.

The Problem of Mayda, an Island Appearing on Medieval Maps

Of all the legendary islands and island names on the medieval maps, Mayda has been the most enduring.

Murder, Alchemy and the Wars of the Roses

What follows is a kind of murder mystery, but not a whodunit. The identity of the man who carried out the crime, while indeed a mystery, is probably unknowable and actually unimportant.

Women’s use of religious literature in late medieval England

This thesis explores women’s access to and use of the religious literature circulating in England from c. 1350 to c. 1500.

Some Pharmaceutical Recipes for the Treatment of the Bubonic Pest Contained into the Kitab Al-Tahsil of Ibn Khatima (d.1369)

This paper is a study of fragments of the work entitled in Arabic Tahsil gharad al-qasid fi-tafsil al-marad al-wafid, which was written in the 14th century by the well known Spanish physician Ibn Khatima

Physical Education in the Early Middle Ages

The foundation of our modern gymnastics, including medical gymnastics, was established during the period from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, although the ideas upon which it was based had been in general use since Antiquity.

England’s First Attempt to Break the Commercial Monopoly of the Hanseatic League, 1377-1380

During the second half of the fourteenth century English traders first seriously threatened the Hanseatic League’s commercial monopoly in the Baltic. The League, attempting to defendits monopoly, treated the English unjustly,where upon in 1377 the English Parliament rescinded the charter that granted the League important concessions and privileges in its English trade.

Medieval Mean Girls: On Sexual Rivalry and the Uses of Cosmetics in La Celestina

The prevalent use of cosmetics among women fast became a topic for moralist discourse, both inside and out of the Peninsula.

Boundaries in the making – Historiography and the isolation of late medieval Bohemia

This paper deals with an episode of early 15th century Bohemian history. During the so-called Hussite wars, a coalition of Catholic powers tried to establish a far-reaching blockade on trade and commerce against the kingdom of Bohemia, which then was considered to be a hotbed of heresy, and to be rebellious against its legitimate ruler and the papal church.

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