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Archives for August 2017

What Religious Order Would You Belong To If You Lived In The Medieval Times?

Benedictines, Dominicans, Templars, Franciscans and more – have fun with this quiz!

Neath Abbey reconstructed digitally

Neath Abbey — a site that has witnessed Cistercian monks, Tudor splendour and thriving industry over its 900-year history — will share its story with visitors in a new digital reconstruction.

The limits of the late Anglo-Saxon state

Were there structural flaws in the late Anglo-Saxon state which contributed to its demise?

The character of commercial fishing in Icelandic waters in the fifteenth century

The character of commercial fishing in Icelandic waters in the fifteenth century By Mark Gardiner Cod and Herring: The Archaeology and History of Medieval Sea Fishing, eds. J. Barrett and D. Orton (Oxbow Books, 2016) Abstract: From the early fifteenth century English vessels began fishing in Icelandic waters. They adopted a mixed approach of fishing and trading to […]

New Medieval Books: From Glass to Illuminations

Five more medieval books to read and reflect on.

An Ethiopian Monk And A Dominican Friar Walk Into A Bar

In 1237, during the brief sequel of Latin rule, one Ethiopian monk decided to work this system to his—and his kingdom’s—advantage.

Byzantine mosaic discovered in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 1,500 year old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is believed to be part of a hostel built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian for Christian pilgrims.

Fabriano: City of Medieval & Renaissance Papermaking

Sylvia Rodgers Albro detailed technical advancements introduced in the Italian city of Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking.

Monks, philologists, and VR

Learning from medieval memory techniques in this TEDx talk

Medieval Gospel Commentary, lost for 1500 years – now translated and online

The earliest Latin Commentary on the Gospels, lost for over 1500 years, has been rediscovered and made available in English for the first time, thanks to research from the University of Birmingham.

Judicial Inquiry as an Instrument of Centralized Government: The Papacy’s Criminal Proceedings against Prelates in the Age of Theocracy (Mid-Twelfth to Mid-Fourteenth Century)

From the end of the twelfth century until the Great Schism, the papacy prosecuted hundreds of prelates who were charged with ‘crimes’ (crimina), ‘excesses’ (excessus), or ‘enormities’ (enormia, enormitates), these words being used interchangeably in the documents.

English Nationalism in ‘The Battle of Maldon’ and ‘The Battle of Brunanburh’

To identify nationalism, one can look at the ways in which the literature promotes the ideas of English culture. In doing this, the poets not only celebrate Englishness, but also present ideals that promote nationalism in the poems’ audience

Aquinas, Averroes, and the Human Will

Scholars have largely read Aquinas’ critique of Averroes on the issue of will and moral responsibility in a positive light.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 14) : Historic Selfies!

In this issue: Historic selfies with the medieval kings of France, and in Renaissance coins, the Anglo-Saxon fenlands, and how DNA research on chickens is linked to medieval diet and fasting traditions. We visit Anne Boleyn’s childhood home and look at the Holy Spirit in female form.

The role of the mechanical clock in medieval science

What is a mechanical clock? The answer to this question depends on whom you ask. Today, most people consider it a time-telling instrument.

New Medieval Books: From Venice to Valhalla

Five new books about the Middle Ages that should be on your picnic table.

Game of Tropes: Subversion of Medieval Ideals in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

Martin does not only incorporate these medieval “building blocks” into his own work, he also deviates from them. 

Military Surgical Practice and the Advent of Gunpowder Weaponry

Using both late medieval surgical manuals and examples of gunshot wound treatment found in chronicles of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, it shows instead that those late medieval surgeons who treated gunshot wounds did so in a manner not unlike their treatment of non-gunshot wounds, without cauterization.

Fake Medieval Proverbs (from the Middle Ages)

Jane la Sauvage said, if someone sees a wolf before the wolf sees them, it will have no power to do any harm. And likewise from the person to the wolf.

Call for Papers: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2018 National Conference – March 28th – 31st, 2018 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Medieval Eclipse Prediction: A Parallel Bias in Indian and Chinese Astronomy

Since lunar and solar parallax play a crucial role in predicting solar eclipses, the focus of this paper is on the computation of parallax.

Historical eclipses and Earth’s rotation

1330. In this same year on the Ides of July at the 8th hour of the day, the Sun was so greatly obscured that of its great body only a small extremity like a three-night-old Moon was seen.

Sport During the Byzantine Era

It is without question that chariot racing was the most celebrated sport event of the Byzantine era.

Cross purposes: Frankish levantine perceptions of gender and female participation in the crusades, 1147-1254

Though numerous historians have studied the participation of women in the Levantine crusades during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, few have investigated the trends in gender perceptions within the Latin states.

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