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Archives for June 2016

Baptism in Anglo-Saxon England

This thesis examines the lexical field of baptism in Old English. The lexical development of the field and the semantic development of the individual lexemes were evaluated: the verbs fulwian, cristnian, depan, dyppan, and the vocabulary for baptismal water in Old English. At every stage of the project, the linguistic data was correlated to theological, liturgical and cultural backgrounds.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 20)

This issue looks at the hit musical Hamilton, medieval expressions of same-sex love in light of Pride, the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, medieval “friend requests”, travel and much more!

The sin of crime: The Mutual Influence of the Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Penitentials and Secular Laws

One of the most fascinating questions concerning Medieval Irish and Anglo-Saxon society is not one about what was done when all went well, but rather, what was sought to be done when matters were not as they ought to be.

Travel Tips for the Medieval Pilgrim

William Wey, a 15th century pilgrim, gives his travel tips for those going to medieval Jerusalem.

Book Review: Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire

By Danièle Cybulskie Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire, a compilation of the first five comic books in the new Assassin’s Creed series, comes from the same writers that brought us the immensely popular Kill Shakespeare, a comic series that playfully wreaked havoc with Shakespeare’s canon, while drawing in a whole new audience to his plays. Written […]

Art as data: Studying corpses by drawing them

This paper addresses the potentials of treating art as data, drawing examples from my current research on corpse positioning in early Anglo-Saxon England.

Diorasis denied: Opposition to clairvoyance in Byzantium from late Antiquity to the eleventh century

This article treats the phenomenon of clairvoyance, the ability to know the thoughts of others that set holy men apart from ordinary human beings who had to make inferences from a person’s outward appearance.

Plague, Papacy and Power: The Effect of the Black Plague on the Avignon Papacy

The plague came at a critical moment for the Church, and the papacy at Avignon did not adequately rise to the challenge.

‘Ill-Liver of Her Body:’ A Legal Examination of Prostitution in Late Medieval Greater London

I will be examining how women—specifically prostitutes—were placed under male authority and marginalized in London and Southwark, despite the divergent legal practices seen in these two adjacent areas of Greater London.

The Battle of Hastings: A Geographic Perspective

The Battle of Hastings is one of the most widely studied battles in medieval history. Yet despite the importance that research shows geography to play in the outcome of such conflicts, few studies have examined in detail the landscape of the battle or the role the landscape played in its eventual outcome.

Climatic and environmental aspects of the Mongol withdrawal from Hungary in 1242 CE

The Mongol invasion of Eastern Europe, and especially its sudden withdrawal from Hungary in 1242 CE, has generated much speculation and an array of controversial theories. None of them, however, considered multifaceted environmental drivers and the coupled analysis of historical reports and natural archives.

Medieval Cooking Tips

From boiling vegetables to smelly pots, here are 10 medieval cooking tips from the 10th century.

Christine the Astonishing

By Danièle Cybulskie This week, I read the story of Christine the Astonishing for the first time (in Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality, translated by Elizabeth Spearing), and it struck me that while it’s meant to be the story of a holy woman’s life, it also gives us an intimate look at what was likely […]

Call for Papers: Medieval Studies on Television Screens

For the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 3-5 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England

By Susan Abernethy King Richard II’s first wife Anne has the distinction of being the only English queen from Bohemia. The marriage was a by-product of the schism within the Papacy in the fourteenth century. When the young Anne came to England, one of the chroniclers described her as a “scrap of humanity”. Anne was […]

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 19)

Welcome to our first issues under new editors Sandra Alvarez and Danielle Trynoski. We’re bringing you a bigger, better issue, with more features, articles, books and travel than ever before.

Raiders from the North: Irish Enslavement during the Viking Age

Both the interactions with the Irish as well as the enslavement of the Irish influenced Norse culture.

Before the Florin: The origins of Florence’s economic boom

The minting of the gold florin in 1252 is commonly considered to herald the beginning of Florence’s economic boom.

Archaeological Landscapes and Digital Geography

Dominic Powlesland discusses the evolution of archaeological computing for research and publication: was it worth it? has it changed the past? could it have been done without the silicon chip?

Mediterranean Castle for Sale

This 14th century castle can be found along the coast of Calabria in Italy.

How to Cheat on a Virginity Test

During the Middle Ages a woman’s virginity was highly prized. A lady was expected not to have sex until she was married, and that her wedding night would be a kind of test to show that she had remained ‘pure’. However, if she did have sex before, was there a way she could cheat on this test?

The Fantastical Shoemaker and the Head of Death

By Danièle Cybulskie This week, I came across one of those great medieval stories that is just too good not to share: “The Fantastical Shoemaker of Constantinople”. This twisted tale comes from Walter Map’s twelfth-century miscellany De Nugis Curialium or Courtiers’ Trifles, and all quotes you’ll find below come from Richard Sowerby‘s reader-friendly translation in the great collection […]

Medieval Poultry, or A Recipe and a Battle Scene

What follows is not precisely scholarly, but it is one of those delightful byproducts of scholarly work that feed our curiosity.

A Man Must Not Embelish Himself like a Woman: The Body and Gender in Renaissance Cosmetics

In pre-modern Italy, cosmetics’ ideal backdrop was a pale complexion, apparently untouched by the sun’s rays to give the impression that one had the luxury of avoiding going about outside on any daily labors.

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