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Archives for November 2015

REVIEW: The Ballad of Robin Hood

Over the holiday season, Southwark Playhouse is presenting their reinterpretation of The Ballad of Robin Hood.

7 Things One Should Know When Dealing with Kings: The Icelander’s Version

Here is MaryAnn R. Adams’ winning advice on how to deal with Norse kings.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain, by James Turner

An ebook from Medievalists.net

The Mysterious Case of the Ghost Who Wasn’t There

Sometime around 1400, an anonymous monk of Byland Abbey recorded one of the strangest moments in supernatural history: the story of a ghost that wasn’t there.

The Duel between Guy of Steenvoorde and Iron Herman

…both fought bitterly. But Guy knocked his adversary from his horse and kept him down easily with his lance as he was struggling to get up. Then his opponent, running nearer, ran Guy’s horse through with his sword, disemboweling it.

The Two Wives of Robert II, King of Scotland

Robert II, King of Scots and grandson of Robert the Bruce was a handsome, charming man who had many descendants. He not only had two wives who had numerous children but many mistresses who had babies as well.

Historical Re-enactments: The Production and Design of Viking Festival Experiences

The main idea behind this study is to look into Viking festivals’ contents, characteristics and its concept development. Together with that we test out the Experience design model effectiveness for using in the event studies. I

From Raiders to Traders: The Viking-Arab Trade Exchange

In their quest for silver, the Vikings discovered and accessed valuable trade routes to Constantinople that led to an extensive trade exchange with the Arab world. Seizing upon the opportunity to enrich themselves, the Vikings came into contact with Arabic wealth and treasures through their raids, and soon realized the potential of a peaceful trade exchange.

In Search of Guinevere

As a lifelong lover of Arthurian stories, I have always had a love/hate relationship with Guinevere. In some stories, she is the well-mannered and generous ideal queen; in others she is a jealous and spiteful adulteress. How can she be both? When did she change?

From the Middle Ages to Modernity: The Intersecting Supernatural Worlds of Melusine and Today’s Popular Culture

This work contains many elements common to supernatural tales of its time-shape-shifting, magic fountains and marriages between humans and fairies – yet it is also surprisingly relevant to our own age, whose popular culture is saturated with modem myths and vampire love-stories.

10 Gift Ideas for the Medieval History Lover

If you have a medievalist in the family and are wondering what to get them for the upcoming holiday season, then you have come to the right website! Here are our picks for great gifts that have a little medieval in them.

BLACK FRIDAY TOTE BAGS!

It’s Black Friday! Here’s a little inspiration for that scholar, blogger, or aspiring writer on your holiday list.

Early Medieval Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland: A Curator’s Perspective

Martin Golberg, Senior Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, travelled to the British Museum to give audiences perspective on the various pieces in the exhibit as well as an introduction to what constitutes “Celtic” art.

Fredegund’s Deadly Dinner

One of the great villains in Gregory of Tours’ The History of the Franks is Fredegund. The sixth-century Merovingian queen was responsible, according to Gregory, for a lengthy list of murders and attempt assassinations, including against her own family members. She even murdered those men who failed to carry out her assassinations.

MEDIEVAL BOOKS: Black Friday!

Here are a few recent releases for medievalists hunting for Black Friday books and early Christmas gifts!

Heirs of Genghis Khan

It all begin in the year 1190 when Genghis Khan managed to bring together the different nomadic tribes of Mongolia in a single, powerful army of 200,000 men.

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago): The Temple of the Stars

A documentary about the famous pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages

For the Knyʒhtys tabylle and for the Kyngges tabylle: An Edition of the Fifteenth-Century Middle English Cookery Recipes in London, British Library’s MS Sloane 442

The present thesis offers an edition of some fifteenth century Middle English cookery recipes, more specifically those of the Sloane 442 manuscript (MS Sloane 442), located at the British Library, London. The cookery recipes of this collection were most likely meant for the tables of the upper classes

If Books Could Talk: Medieval Manuscripts in Iowa

The paper, bindings, bookplates, repairs, stains, handwritten notes, stamps and markings all leave traces that give clues to how they were made, where they have been, and can even tell about the lives of the people who have read them. We’re finding clues and following up with research to find out more.

Deviants, Donestre, and Debauchees: Here be Monsters

The donestre, a mediaeval race of lion-headed polyglots with a taste for human flesh, demonstrate an ancient form of monstrous transgression by their corporeal violation of both social and natural law.

Medieval Oslo recreated on Minecraft

A new Youtube video is showing the results of a project by history students at the University of Oslo where they recreate how a city looked in the Middle Ages. ‘Oslo recreated to year 1300’ was made by undergraduates taking part in the university’s Oslo in the Middle Ages course under John McNicol. The project involved […]

The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England

Martin Wall takes us on a journey into a period that still remains mysterious, into regions and countries long forgotten, such as Mercia and Northumbria.

I’ll Eat My Hat If It’s Richard: Dr. Turi King on the Impact of the Richard III Project

Turi King discusses some of the more humorous circumstances surrounding Richard III’s discovery, the science behind the dig, and the media onslaught that ensued.

Who Would You Be if You Lived in the Middle Ages?

Do you dream of courtly love, castles, and jousting matches? Let’s find out who you would be if you traveled back in time to one of history’s most legendary periods.

The Medieval Magazine: Issue 43 – How to Murder a Byzantine Emperor

In this week’s issue you can read about Byzantine Emperors, Anglo-Saxon England, Fabliaux, medieval manuscripts and what advice a mother gave to her son in the 9th century.

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