The Herbal Cures of Hildegard von Bingen – was she right?

A 12th century depiction of Hildegard of Bingen

There is a 1 in 10,000,000 chance that Hildegard von Bingen was just making up her list of medical cures based on herbs and plants.

Becoming a Prince: Prince Arthur’s early life and his training to be king

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Within a month of his birth on 20 September 1486, Prince Arthur was separated from his family and living in a nursery at Farnham Palace in Surrey.

Four medieval sites added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Radimlja, one of the most valuable and most important necropolis of stećci in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Photo by Litany / Wikimedia Commons

Medieval sites in Europe, Asia and the Pacific have been added to the World Heritage List this week, as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Meetings, which have been taking place in Istanbul.

Tea and Other Decoctions for ‘Nourishing Life’ in Medieval China

James Benn

Professor Benn examines one significant way in which tea, a relatively new beverage in Tang-dynasty China, was first consumed and understood, alongside other decoctions intended to promote health and wellness.

Negotiating the Sacred: Byzantium, Venice and the True Cross in Late Medieval Venice

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Dr. Klein’s lecture about art, faith and politics in late medieval Venice.

Constructing Imaginary Cities in Fifteenth-Century Illumination

The Construction and Destruction of Troy, Orosius Master, Paris, 1405–6. In City of God

In the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the Trojan legend was one of the most popular myths in the European courts, and in the Burgundian court in particular. The legend was depicted in numerous tapestries and illuminated manuscripts.

The Black Prince at War: the anatomy of a Chevauchée

From Bibliothèque Nationale MS Fr. 2663

These were highly complex, organized, and focused operations rather than unfocused raids with no other purpose but pillage and ravishment.

A haunch for Hrothgar

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Naomi Sykes takes a taste of venison amid the Feast Halls of Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Saxon Motte and Bailey Castle for Sale

Anglo-Saxon Motte and Bailey Castle for Sale

This Anglo-Saxon motte and bailey is located on a smallholding in the village of Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire and has recently been put on the market. It is of considerable interest because it was one of only three sites constructed prior to the Norman conquest.

Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland

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In an Irish context, the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar were the most significant expressions of this unusual vocation that sought to combine military service with monastic observance.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen

Isabella of France The Rebel Queen

Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner

The Varangian Legend: Testimony from the Old Norse sources

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In the eleventh century there existed, within the great army of the Byzantine empire, a regiment composed mainly of soldiers from Scandinavia and the Nordic countries. This regiment was known as the Varangian Guard

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume 6 Issue 3

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This summer you can read about the so-called ‘Last War of Antiquity’. The theme of the latest issue of Medieval Warfare is the Byzantine-Sassanid War of the seventh-century.

Baptism in Anglo-Saxon England

Drawing with coloured wash of the baptism of Balan in a tub by Pope Milon with 4 archbishops present, illustrating section 351 of the Chanson d'Aspremont.  - from British Library MS  Lansdowne 782   f. 18v

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)

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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

Medieval Penitential - British Library MS Additional 30853   f. 309

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

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

Art as data: Studying corpses by drawing them

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

Byzantine crescent - photo by  fusion-of-horizons / Flickr

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

View of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. 17th century

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

Drawing by Antony van den Wyngaerde View of London - The Tower of London - 16th century

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

Bayeux tapestry scene

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

A wet and cold period followed upon a few warm and dry years. The interplay of various environmental factors may have led the Mongolians to the decision to withdraw from Hungary. Red line: Summer temperatures derived from tree-rings in the Alps and Carpathians. Green and brown shades indicate soil moisture in 1242 CE. (Graphic: Ulf Büntgen/WSL)

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

Cracking an egg - photo by Daniel Novta / Flickr

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

Call for Papers: Medieval Studies on Television Screens

Call for Papers

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

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