The Life of Saint Euphrosyne of Połack

Alexey Kuzmich "Crying Euphrosyne of Polotsk" 1992, oil on canvas, 120,7 x 100 cm

Saint Euphrosyne (c. 1105-1167) was the granddaughter of the famous prince of Polack, Usiaslau (Vseslav) whose long reign (1044-1101) and many exploits – in particular his determined struggle against Kiev – made such an impression on his contemporaries that they refused to believe him to be an ordinary mortal

The sons of Eadmund Ironside, Anglo-Saxon king at the court of Saint Stephen

Edmund II of England and his family - Edward the Exile, Edgar the Ætheling, Saint Margaret of Scotland, Edmund , Cristina

Eadmund Ironside died shortly after his agreement with Canute, King of Denmark, deciding the boundaries of his realm. His decease took place on 30th November 1016.

The Statutes of the Teutonic Knights: A Study of Religious Chivalry

Codex Manesse, UB Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 264r: Der Tannhäuser

The purpose of this study is to examine the role of the religious military orders, and of the Teutonic Knights in particular, within the process of change in developing the concept of a religious and a Christian warrior during the Crusades, or, in other words, how the existing Latin ideal of religious retreat was adapted, blended and attached to the chivalric image of Western Europe in the Holy Land, as reflected in the statutes of the Teutonic Knights.

From Ringwork to Stone Fortification: Power and the Evolution of Anglo-Norman Castles in North-Eastern Ireland

Trim Castle - photo by Anna & Michal / Flickr

It focuses on two key and archaeologically well-explored castles: Trim and Carrickfergus, and their supporting fortification networks.

Book fastenings and furnishings: an archaeology of late medieval books

Photo by judy dean / Flickr

Throughout the late medieval period, books were an integral part of religious monastic life, and yet such objects have received little attention from an analytical archaeological perspective, despite the significant quantity of metal book fittings recovered from archaeological sites.

The Western presence in the Byzantine Empire during the reigns of Alexios I and John II Komnenos (1081-1143)

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Contacts between Byzantium and the West increased during this period, which witnessed significant events like the First Crusade and the expansion of the Italian trading communities.

Augustine of Hippo and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period

The earliest known portrait of Saint Augustine in a 6th-century fresco, Lateran, Rome

This thesis investigates how the political thought of Augustine of Hippo was understood and modified by Carolingian-era writers to serve their own distinctive purposes.

Call for Papers: Special on Sessions Medieval Equestrianism at IMC 2017

Detail from 15th-century painting by Gentile da Fabriano, showing horses

Following the success of Medieval Equestrianism Sessions at the IMC Leeds 2016, we invite papers for special sessions on medieval equestrian history for the International Medieval Congress at Leeds in 2017.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 23)

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Collaborative team projects yield Gold-Medal-worthy results, joust with champions at Hampton Court Palace, take a tour of the Getty Museum’s new manuscript exhibit “Things Unseen,” and watch Viking experts test out a new game!

BOOK REVIEW: A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner

A Million Years in A Day by Greg Jenner

Want to know how daylight savings time started? Who really invented the modern toilet? Were the Vikings really filthy Barbarians? Did Early Modern people think bathing was dangerous? This book aims to answer these questions (and many more!) as Greg Jenner takes us from sun up to sun down, through a million years in one day.

Hy-Brassil: Irish origins of Brazil

Brasil as shown in relation to Ireland on a map by Abraham Ortelius (1572)

The name Brazil is probably the sweetest sounding name that any large race of the Earth possesses

Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon genomes from East England reveal British migration history

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British population history has been shaped by a series of immigrations, including the early Anglo-Saxon migrations after 400 CE. It remains an open question how these events affected the genetic composition of the current British population.

The Florentine Archives in Transition: Government, Warfare and Communication (1289–1530 ca.)

Florence a 1500

Focusing on the important case of Florence, the administrative uses of records connected to government, diplomacy and military needs will be discussed, and evidence will be provided that such documentary practices accelerated significantly during the so-called Italian Wars (from 1494 onwards).

Medical Practice, Urban Politics and Patronage: The London ‘Commonalty’ of Physicians and Surgeons of the 1420s

15th century image of a Physician setting a dislocated arm

Medical practice in fifteenth-century England is often seen as suffering from the low status and unregulated practice of which Thomas Linacre later complained.

‘Do You Not Know I am a Healer?’ Royal Authority and Miracles of Healing in High Medieval Lives of Kings

Edward the Confessor

Today I’d like to place in comparative perspective the reputations for miraculous healing achieved by two high medieval royal saints: Edward the Confessor of England and Óláfr Haraldsson of Norway.

Powerful Patens in the Anglo-Saxon Medical Tradition and Exeter Book Riddle 48

exeter riddle 48

This article discusses Exeter Book Riddle 48 in light of its proposed solutions.

Soldiers to Warriors: Renegotiating the Roman Frontier in the Fifth Century

Early 14th century map of the British Isles - Codex Athous Vatopedinus 655: Add. MS 19391, f 19v-20

There has been a presumption that only the poorest soldiers remained in very small numbers by the end of the Roman period, c ad 410, if not withdrawn completely at the command of an emperor or usurper; but there are no documentary sources that validate this, and there is a considerable amount of archaeological evidence that disproves it.

Medieval Maritime Warfare

medieval maritime warfare

Charles Stanton uses an innovative and involving approach to describe this fascinating but neglected facet of European medieval history.

How to Deal with the Restless Dead? Discernment of Spirits and the Response to Ghosts in Fifteenth-Century Europe

Ghost - image by Gallowglass / Wikimedia Commons

Discernment of spirits was embedded in late medieval theologies and ministries of death and, as such, was central to the assessment of other apparitions – like those of ghosts.

80-Room Medieval Italian castle to be sold for first time in its history

Castel Valer, Tassullo, Italy  Photo: (C) 2016 Alessandro Carpentiero

Castel Valer, a lavishly decorated medieval castle in northern Italy, which has been owned by the same family who obtained the estate in the fourteenth century, is set to be sold at auction on 8th September 2016.

Book Talk: A Conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay

Banner - US Cover Children of Earth and Sky

Set in a parallel Renaissance world, two major religions, the Jaddites who worship the sun, and the Asharites who worship the stars, struggle amidst the backdrop of court politics, murder, espionage, faith and family.

Places to See: London in 7 Drinks

Wine, enjoyed the medieval way...out of a coconut! shell! Photo by Medievalists.net

Can you tell history through a pint? Or a cup of coffee perhaps? According to Dr. Matthew Green you can. The historian and author turned his passion for history into Unreal City Audio: London Walking Tours.

BOOK REVIEW: The Anglo-Saxons in 100 Facts by Martin Wall

Book: The Anglo Saxons in 100 Facts

Looking for a “historical beach read” this summer? Look no further. Martin Wall’s latest book, The Anglo-Saxons in 100 Facts brings pre-conquest England to life in a chronological series full of interesting, humorous and gruesome facts about the Anglo Saxons.

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