Archives for March 2016

Medieval Falconry: Birds and Lovebirds

The 5MinMedievalist talks to us about the popular medieval sport of falconry!

The Life of Lady Katherine Gordon

This week, Susan Abernethy brings us an article on Lady Katherine Gordon.

The Medieval Magazine: Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages (Volume 2 Issue 9)

Our theme for this week examines the relations between Christians and Muslims in the Medieval World. We tell the story of one of the worst outbreaks of violence in medieval Egypt, when Cairo itself was nearly destroyed. Read also about the crusades, Viking treasures, a fun story about Dante, and a church in Rome that is now open after a 36-year restoration.

BOOK REVIEW: Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History You Weren’t Taught in School

A review of Dominic Selwood’s, ‘Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History you Weren’t Taught in School’

The Medieval Story of Jesus’ Prison Cell

Today it is one of the quieter corners of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but hundreds of years ago the ‘Prison of Christ’ was one of the must-see spots for medieval Christian pilgrims.

The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts

Los Angeles correspondent, Danielle Trynoski takes through the, ‘Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts’ exhibut at the Getty Museum.

The Medieval Magazine: Richard’s Final Journey (Issue 8)

This week’s issue takes a look at Richard III’s final journey as his body his take through Leicestershire before it is buried this Thursday at Leicester Cathedral. Read our own account of the day, and take a look at how historians, present and past, have viewed the last Plantagenet King of England.

Interview: Michael H. Roffer, author of The Law Book

The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law, by Michael H. Roffer, explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad.

The Medieval Magazine: The Cadaver Synod (Volume 2 Issue 8)

The Cadaver Synod is one of the strangest events of the Middle Ages – we take a look at why the corpse of a Pope was put on trial in 897. Read also about Dover Castle, medieval prostitution, law, paper, and power struggles in universities.

BOOK TOUR: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Today we’re hosting Kristie Dean’s “On the Trail of the Yorks” book tour, featuring Anne of Exeter.

Why Medieval Torture Devices are Not Medieval

When many people think about the Middle Ages they see it as a time when people were tortured by a wide collection of diabolical instruments. Whether it is the Pear of Anguish or the Iron Maiden, these torture devices are portrayed as medieval. The reality, however, is that many of these devices never existed in the Middle Ages.

Movie Review: Pope Joan – Medieval Legend Comes to Life Onscreen

Released in 2009, also under its German title, ,Die Päpstin,, ,Pope Joan’ recounts the medieval legend of Johanna von Ingleheim, a woman who disguised herself as a man, lived as a monk, and eventually went on to become pope in the ninth century.

Who wrote this medieval literary classic?

Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works? See also: 10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages

BOOK REVIEW: Who is the Historian? by Nigel A. Raab

Danièle Cybulskie, @5MinMedievalist, gives a review of Nigel A. Raab’s latest book, ‘Who is the Historian’.

The Medieval Magazine: Getting High in the Middle Ages (Volume 2 Issue 7)

This week’s issue of The Medieval Magazine, which is over 50 pages long, examines hashish use in medieval Egypt, and you will see that people back then were debating the same issues around drug use as we do with marijuana today

The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth of York, the First Tudor Queen of England

Elizabeth of York, Queen to King Henry VII of England, died in the Tower of London on February 11, 1503. She had given birth to a daughter Katherine on February 2 and never recovered. The death was a shock to her husband, her children and to the nation.

The World’s Worst Fantasy Film: In the Name of the King

What do you get when you mix Burt Reynolds, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and Ron Perlman in a movie together? You get a horrible movie. Those worlds are never meant to collide, and never in a fantasy movie.

The Daily Life of a Medieval King

Have you wondered just what a medieval king did on a typical day? We actually do have an account of what it was like for King Charles V of France, thanks to Christine de Pizan.

Outrage in Matrera Over Botched Castle Restoration

A botched restoration attempt in Spain has garnered international attention and condemnation from locals, historians and conservationists.

The Medieval Magazine: The Medieval Academy of America (Volume 2 Issue 6)

We report from the Medieval Academy of America’s Annual Meeting, which was held last month in Boston – news from the conference, and reports on two papers given there. Also read about Queen Elizabeth of York, medieval riddles, a foot prosthesis from the 6th-century, and more.

Medieval Meets Modern: Stary Olsa Take on Rock Classics With a Medieval Twist

A look at medieval musicians, Stary Olsa.

Medieval Survivals In Modern Rome

An analysis of medieval buildings in Rome with “defensive” characteristics has been ongoing for the past four years (towers, fortified houses, fortifications on ancient monuments).

15th century house and shop for sale in France

While you can buy this 15th century building for just 42 000 euros, it will require much more money for repairs and restoration.

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

Test yourself with these ten riddles from the seventh-century, part of Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, translated by A.M. Juster and published by the University of Toronto Press.

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