A monastic treasure written in Scotland 700 years ago has been acquired by the National Library of Scotland.
Monasticism in the Middle Ages is the focus of this week’s issue of the magazine – we take a look at the role of abbot and the challenges of managing a medieval monastery. You can also read about the Teutonic Knights, the sanctuary of Michael Skellig, and how a 600-year old ship was raised from a river last week.
Bede’s World, a museum dedicated to the life and times of the Venerable Bede, suddenly announced their closure last week, claiming a lack of funds. Now efforts are underway to save the site.
Read an excerpt from Amy Licence’s new book on the 15th century royal couple.
A man had to take a wolf, a goat and a bunch of cabbages across a river. The only boat he could find could only take two of them at a time. But he had been ordered to transfer all of these to the other side in good condition. How could this be done.
As we celebrate the day dedicated to love letters, it seems appropriate to share a Valentine’s Day story from one of the most famous letter-writing families of the Middle Ages: the Pastons.
Chastity belts have been the subject of schoolroom and music hall humour for as long as most of us can remember. But did they really exist and for the purpose suggested?
The question I want to look at today is how chess is used in presenting these questions of love, of the amorous encounter, of the meeting between two people and the potential for feelings the might result from it.
In the present paper, I will address these paradoxes by looking at two very dissimilar branches of the medieval discourse on endogamy and exogamy, and more specifically at different justifications of marriage prohibitions as found in systematic canon law collections of the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Here are five popular gifts of love from the Middle Ages.
‘This was the most dramatic cooling in the Northern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years.’
York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, which was badly affected by the Boxing Day floods in the city, is to reopen to the public in…
Love and Marriage is the theme of this week’s issue, as we take a look at love-letters from the 12th-century, and defining marriage in the 13th. Read about the dangers of weddings in Italy, and the possibility of mixed-religious unions in Poland.
The Vikings and people of the Norse world would have been predisposed to emphysema and other lung conditions, according to a paper published last week in Nature: Scientific Reports.
This lecture will introduce medieval universities from their beginnings in England, France and Italy and on to the Renaissance
Edward Mills examines the functions of the game of chess in medieval French literary culture.
Let’s take five minutes to lend the Middle Ages an ear.
Almost a Millennium, by Jeanbill, is an eclectic novel about the unlikely connection between an English monk and an American physician that lived nearly 1,000 years apart, one of today and one in the medieval period.
In the Middle Ages, saints were invoked before great, decisive battles, they sometimes participated directly themselves, and they did so more and more often after the eleventh and especially the twelfth century.
We at Medievalists.net are proud to announce that we will be delivering a workshop at the 2016 International Medieval Congress
Whether you’re guilty or innocent, here are five handy tips to help you avoid getting convicted in a medieval court.
The phrase Counter-Crusade is, obviously, a modern construct, but in 1144 the military situation in Syria did drastically change.
This thesis will examine the support structures in crusading armies from the First Crusade, launched in 1095, to the end of the Barons’ Crusade, in 1241.
For our one-year anniversary issue we focus on the First Crusade, and ask were Christians and Muslims allies during this event? The answer might surprise you. We have more about the First Crusade, including interviews with two historians that specialize in the topic.