Archives for March 2018

How the borders of Asia changed during the Middle Ages

Here are a few sets of videos to show the rise and fall of kingdoms, states and empires on the continent of Asia, including during the medieval period.

How the borders of Europe changed during the Middle Ages

One interesting way of looking at the past is to see how much the borders of the world have changed. In these videos, a reconstruction has been made to show the rise and fall of European kingdoms, states, and empires over the years, decades and centuries.

How a volcanic eruption influenced Iceland’s conversion to Christianity

Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island’s conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.

The family or the farm: a Sophie’s choice? The late medieval crisis in the former county of Flanders

The county of Flanders provides an interesting test case with which to verify the neo-Malthusian Duby-Postan thesis about the so-called late medieval crisis.

Reformist Hagiography: The Life of St Roding of Beaulieu and the Struggle for Power in Early Eleventh-Century Lotharingia

This paper explores an example of ‘reformist’ hagiographic production in early eleventh-century Lotharingia by focusing on the Life of St Roding of Beaulieu, a small monastery in the diocese of Verdun.

Textile entrepreneurs and textile workers in the medieval city

What made the southern Low Countries in the Middle Ages unique in a European perspective was the weight of the region as an export-oriented industrial area.

On Learning How to Teach the Black Death

Plague science is a rapidly developing field, as is paleogenetics more generally. Increasingly, too, developments in climate science will likely be able to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the role of changing climatic conditions and major outbreaks of plague.

Reframing the Conversation on Medieval Military Strategy

This question of the history of strategy is a question of intellectual history: did medieval writers generate and transmit derivative and/or original ideas about how to wage war?

Viking Age Animal Art as a Material Anchor? A New Theory Based on a Head Motif

Within research history, there have been repeated attempts to establish a connection between the figurative language of skaldic poetry and the pictorial language of animal art.

Danish Kings and the Foundation of Jómsborg

Jómsborg, the great stronghold and residence of that famous warrior band the Jómsvíkings, is closely related in the Old Norse tradition to numerous Scandinavian rulers and is also associated with several Danish kings.

Literacy and Trade in Late Medieval Norway

The present article tries to study whether or not it is possible to relate the notion of literacy to trade in this period of time in late medieval Norway.

The Knowability of Divine Being according to Meister Eckhart’s Principal Thesis: «The Act to Be Is God»

First, this article tries to clarify the meaning of the thesis ‘The act to be is God.’ Then it asks the questions how we come to know the act to be, and how God is known as the act to be.

The Unicorn in the Symbolic and Semantic Expression of the Film Director Ridley Scott in the Context of Medieval Bestiaries

This paper observes and researches the relations between symbolic unicorn representation in Ridley Scott’s movies Blade Runner and Legend comparing it to the medieval bestiary descriptions and representations.

Enduring City-States: The Struggle for Power and Security in the Mediterranean Sea

This thesis will examine medieval and early modern city-states in the Mediterranean as illustrative of political, commercial and military responses to threats and opportunities in the premodern period.

Stowford: an early medieval hundred meeting place

In the summer of 2015 archaeological excavation sought to examine the location of an early medieval hundred meeting place (‘moot’) in southern Wiltshire.

Winners, Wasters, and the Shadow of Envy: Theories of Justice and the Scene of Medieval Literature

Is envy at the root of all claims for justice (so says Freud), or is envy a regrettable but surmountable human tendency that will be minimized in a just society (as Rawls has it)?

Drugs, Books, Patients: Marketing Medieval Medicine

Because a number of health care structures were established in the Middle Ages this lecture tries to answer questions about how medieval medicine laid the groundwork for drug regulations.

The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 4: No. 5): Issue 107

In this issue…we look at St. Patrick and werewolves, try to understand Icelandic heart eating, take a trip to Cordoba Spain, and cure dog bites the medieval Welsh way!

New Medieval Books: From Kitchens to Caves

Five of the latest publications about the medieval world.

Medieval Geopolitics: The Two Types of Warfare in Medieval Europe

In this, the first post of the Medieval Geopolitics series, I take a look at the two types of political war fought in medieval Europe.

The Romance of the Past? Nineteenth-Century Medievalism and the Tournament

The nineteenth century saw a rebirth of fascination with the Middle Ages, although this interest often had more to do with romance than reality. A perfect medium for the expression of this nineteenth-century medievalism was the tournament.

Foreign envoys and resident Norwegians in the Late Middle Ages – a cultural clash?

In this article, I will discuss the question of multiculturalism in Norway in the Late Middle Ages, focusing on potential cultural differences in the interaction between Norwegian farmers and foreign envoys or royal administrators.

The Relationship of the Italian and Southern French Cathars, 1170-1320

The aim of this thesis is to answer two questions, namely why Southern French Cathars chose to flee to Italy
when persecuted in the early thirteenth century and secondly to assess the extent to which Catharism was a ‘universal church’.

Anglo-Scandinavian Literature and the Post-Conquest Period

This thesis concerns narratives about Anglo-Scandinavian contact and literary traditions of Scandinavian origin which circulated in England in the post-conquest period.

The Norse Penny Reconsidered: The Goddard Coin—Hoax or Genuine?

This article considers the penny’s numismatic and archaeological context, and engages with the debate from a Norwegian perspective.

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