Archives for December 2017

Medieval Manuscripts: Illustrating the Nativity Scene at the end of the 15th century

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême was commissioned c. 1485 by the Count of Angoulême, and is undeniably Robinet Testard’s most personal work. Around the same time (c. 1500), in England, the illuminator Jean Poyer finished his masterpiece, The Hours of Henry VIII.

Restoration work begins on 15th century altar

The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung has launched a large-scale conservation project that will focus on one of the collection’s most important works over the next few years.

Thousand-year-old cathedral surrenders its secrets, stone by stone

The secrets of Norway’s St Olav’s shrine and Nidaros Cathedral have drawn pilgrims for nearly a thousand years. Curious researchers have also made the journey, eager to solve the mysteries locked up in the cathedral’s stones.

Natural Disasters and the Crusades: Framing Earthquakes in Historical Narratives, 1095-1170

This thesis explores perceptions of earthquake causality in the accounts of twelfth century Syria and the ways that medieval views of natural disasters influenced historical writing.

Social Perception of Infertility and Its Treatment in Late Medieval Italy: Margherita Datini, an Italian Merchant’s Wife

This article seeks to elucidate the common social perception of infertility and its treatment in late medieval Europe by analyzing the case of Margherita Datini, an Italian merchant’s wife who lived in the 1400s.

Medieval European Medicine and Asian Spices

This article aimed to explain the reasons why Asian spices including pepper, ginger, and cinnamon were considered as special and valuable drugs with curative powers in the Medieval Europe.

The Date of the Gough Map

The date commonly given for the Gough map of Britain, about 1360, is, in the author’s opinion, wrong. Arguments that have been offered to support such a dating are invalid.

Carpenters in Medieval London c. 1240 – c. 1540

Carpenters in medieval London have not previously been the focus of sustained research, either as a group, or as individuals. This thesis contributes fresh understanding to our perspective on London in the later Middle Ages by providing new information about this lesser known craft.

The social, political and religious contexts of the late Medieval carol

This thesis examines the late medieval English carol, an important indigenous musical form that is abundant in a number of sources from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth century, both with and without extant musical notation.

Scoring Masculinity: the English Tournament and the Jousting Cheques of the early Sixteenth Century

Charles Brandon was the perfect companion for King Henry VIII, whom he resembled in both looks and build. He also shared Henry’s love of the joust, becoming the King’s valiant partner in the lists.

The World of Paul the Deacon and the Lombards: Geopolitical Perspectives in an Early Medieval Account

The Lombard settlement of Italy has reached us through Paul the Deacon, a monk and tutor of the 8th century. He has provided us with the only extant discursive history on the Lombards until the invasion of the Carolingians in 774 and has thus crucially marked our knowledge of the history of the region.

A Short Cut: the minting of Anglo Saxon cut coins

Whilst the production of the coinage of Anglo-Saxon England is generally well documented there is remarkably little literature concerning the minting of cut pieces: that is, the halfpennies and farthings that make up a substantial  proportion of the coins that were in circulation.

The One about Michelangelo and the Onions: Jokes and Cultural Anxiety in the Early Sixteenth Century

This article investigates the texture of relationships within elite circles in Rome and Florence in the early sixteenth-century, and shows how visual and verbal humour at this time acted as a means through which to express anxieties about the pace of social change.

Breaking Skin in Early Modern Italy

This paper presents the challenges of representing infirmities, from smallpox to toothache, that involved rupturing the skin posed in Early Modern Europe.

Why is Scotland so often absent in studies of Britain and Europe in the early medieval period?

David Clarke examines the question of why Scotland is so often absent from larger studies of early medieval Europe.

Remembering Winchester’s Medieval Jews: Compromises in Hidden Histories

The history of England’s medieval Jews is significant in its own right, and it is vital to the understanding of the political and social history of the region at the time. However, it has often been marginalised, and frequently overshadowed by other local narratives.

New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Five new books, spanning from Egypt at the beginning of the Middle Ages, to Italy at the end.

Will the Real Guinevere Please Stand Up?

If you’ve ever watched soap operas chances are good you’re familiar with the trope of the evil twin. But did you know it extends even into Arthurian legend?

Quiz: Ancient and Medieval Theatre

Can you answer these 43 questions about the history of the theatre, from the ancient Greeks to the end of the Middle Ages?

How to get a Nuremberg Chronicle’s Hairstyle

Janet Stephens’s tutorial for creating 15th century look on natural hair, using simple, period appropriate tools and techniques. Based on hairstyles of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

What Happens to a Widow Who’s Un-Widowed?

By Danièle Cybulskie One thing that can definitely be said for the modern age is that it is much, much easier to communicate. Now, it’s expected for people to check in with each other on a regular basis, after doing anything remotely dangerous, and after disaster strikes. In the Middle Ages, it was often a […]

Love Between Muslim and Jew in Medieval Spain: A Triangular Affair

We will soon find that, in affairs of love as in so many others, Muslims and Jews in Christian Spain were not in an exclusive dialogue.

Marrying the Mongol Khans: Byzantine Imperial Women and the Diplomacy of Religious Conversion in the 13th and 14th Centuries

Marrying the Mongol Khans: Byzantine Imperial Women and the Diplomacy of Religious Conversion in the 13th and 14th Centuries By AnnaLinden Weller Scandanavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 2 (2016) Concerning this matter also a dread and authentic charge and ordinance of the great and holy Constantine is engraved upon the sacred table […]

History and Fiction in the Kings’ Sagas: The Case of Haraldr Harðráði

History and Fiction in the Kings’ Sagas: The Case of Haraldr Harðráði By Alison Finlay Saga-Book, Volume XXXIX, 2015 Haraldr harðráði was the other invader of England in 1066. If he had been as successful in his confrontation with the English king Harold Godwinsson at Stamford Bridge as he had been just five days earlier […]

The 1381 Rising in Bury St Edmunds: The Role of Leaders and the Community in Shaping the Rebellion

The 1381 Rising in Bury St Edmunds: The Role of Leaders and the Community in Shaping the Rebellion By Joe Chick PONS AELIUS: Newcastle University Postgraduate Forum E-Journal, Edition 13, 2016 Leadership is a central theme in popular perceptions of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. The image of the rebel leader Wat Tyler face-to-face with […]

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