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What is a Volcano? A Medieval Answer

Mount Etna eruption - photo by Alessandro Rossi / Flickr

Volcanoes have long fascinated people. They have know how dangerous they can be, but throughout history many have tried to figure what causes them. Here is the explanation given by the medieval scholar Albert the Great.

Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts

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Medieval manuscripts resisted obsolescence. Made by highly specialised craftspeople (scribes, illuminators, book binders) with labour-intensive processes using exclusive and sometimes exotic materials (parchment made from dozens or hundreds of skins, inks and paints made from prized minerals, animals and plants), books were expensive and built to last.

Conference explores the Anglo-Saxon site at Rendlesham

Archeaological finds from Rendlesham - photo courtesy Suffolk County Council

Historians and archaeologists are meeting today to discuss one of the largest and richest settlements of Anglo-Saxon England. ‘Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham, a Royal Centre of the East Anglian Kingdom’, taking place in Bury St Edmunds, will present new research on the internationally important archaeological discovery to the wider public.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 25)

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Our celebratory Eight-Year Anniversary Issue! We take a journey back through time for the best of our best as well as looking forward to the future and some great new original content!

Archaeologists dig in to explore Tamworth’s history

Photo courtesy Tamworth Borough Council

Archaeologists excavating the car park next to Tamworth Assembly Rooms have made an interesting discovery during their search for clues about the town’s history.

An Approach to Crusading Ethics

Priests Exhorting Crusaders by Gustave Doré

A crusade was a form of holy war, but holy war was itself only one expression of a wider concept, that of sacred violence.

Women and Catharism

Cathar memorial - photo by Delphine Ménard/ Flickr

Participation of women in sustaining and spreading the dualist heresy known as Catharism in Languedoc in the first half of the thirteenth century was greater than the passive role generally assigned to them in medieval society

Japanese medieval trading towns: Sakai and Tosaminato

17th century map of the route from Osaka to Jedo - created by Jacob van Meurs

Trade was essential to the development of urban forms in medieval Japan.

Heavenly Healing or Failure of Faith? Partial Cures in Later Medieval Canonization Processes

The Healing of Palladia by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, by Fra Angelico

When thinking of miracles as source material for the conceptions and everyday life of the laity, miracles with remaining symptoms provide an interesting sub-type of a healing miracle.

Depictions of Combat in Medieval Art: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Video of a paper given by James Hester at the 2016 IMC

The Copernican System: A Detailed Synopsis

Nicolas Copernic, Nicolai Copernici Torinensis De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri IV, Nuremberg, Iohannes Petreius, 1543 (R. 69C, Université de Liège)

Dissatisfied with the problems of the geocentric system inherited from Claudius Ptolemy, Nicholas Copernicus began the change from geocentrism to heliocentrism.

The Extent of Indigenous-Norse Contact and Trade Prior to Columbus

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The full extent of Norse exploration in North America is a growing field and the extent of their contact and trade with Indigenous Americans is becoming increasingly known.

Kings, Wars, and Duck Eggs: Interpretations of Poetry in Egil’s Saga

Egill Skallagrímsson in a 17th century manuscript of Egils Saga

Although Egil’s Saga is memorable enough for its bloodshed, feuds, and comically disgusting mead-hall scenes, the one characteristic which most distinctly sets it apart from the other Icelandic sagas is its extensive use of poetry.

Science and Nature in the Medieval Ecological Imagination

God as Geometer, The Frontispiece of Bible Moralisee

This dissertation explores the intersections between nature and culture in medieval literature and art with particular focus on Geoffrey Chaucer’s House of Fame, the thirteenth-century French Bible Moralisée, and William Langland’s Piers Plowman.

That Other Battle of 1066 – Commemorating the 950th Anniversary of Stamford Bridge

Explore a key battlesite this September - Photo courtesy JORVIK Viking Centre

The JORVIK Viking Centre will be hosting for a special walking tour of the battlefield at Stamford Bridge, just outside of York.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 24)

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The Medieval Iceland Effect: how this island has contributed to our modern world.
Hear the past with free audio recordings and readings from Medieval Manuscripts Alive, apply for a medieval student loan, and put in a bid for medieval stone!

Who Is the Historian?

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How do historians bring past events to life and why is their role so important in society?

The Lancastrian Retreat from Populist Discourse? Propaganda Conflicts in the Wars of the Roses

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This article explores an aspect of the propaganda wars that were conducted between the Lancastrian and Yorkist sides during the series of conflicts historians refer to as the Wars of the Roses.

King Richard III: Politics, Power and People – Annual Symposium coming in October

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The Richard III Foundation has announce the schedule for its 2016 annual symposium, which is under the theme: ‘King Richard III: Politics, Power and People’.

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.

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