The Medieval Magazine: Crime in the Middle Ages (Volume 2 Issue 17)

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This week we take a look at crime in the Middle Ages, offering five accounts of murder from medieval Oxford as well as the strange history behind the tale of the Pied Piper.

Where You Should Live – a Medieval Guide

15th centuyr home bieng built - from Pier de Crescenzi, Livre des prouffitz champestres et ruraulx

A civilized and intelligent man should choose, in the city as well as the country, the place most advantageous for the time of the year, pleasant, delightful, charming where he may build, where he may devote his efforts to farming, where he may relax with his artistic interests, where he may, in sum, commune with the gods themselves, an easy accomplishment for a man of the greatest integrity and learning.

Swan you say? Medieval Feasting!

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A guest post on medieval food and feasting in the Middle Ages by author Regan Walker.

Digital Humanities at K’zoo: A Recap

Vadstena project photos: Michelle Urberg describes research behind the virtual reconstruction of Vadstena Abbey in Sweden - photo by Danielle Trynoski

DH projects seem to be springing out of the proverbial ground like so many mushrooms over the last few years.

Following the Leader: Erik Kwakkel on How and Why to Be an Online Medievalist

Erik Kwakkel speaking at this year's International Congress on Medieval Studies

One of the best presentations I saw at the International Congress on Medieval Studies this year was by Erik Kwakkel from Leiden University.

VIDEO: Female Sufis in the Medieval Period

Hafiz Poems - Medieval Islamic Manuscript (Public Domain)

Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon talks about the role of Sufi women in the medieval period. Ridgeone examines positive and negative portrayals of Sufi women in a wide range of texts.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 16)

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This week we start taking looking back at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, with reports on Scott Bruce’s paper ‘Imagining Subterranean People and Places in the Middle Ages’ and Erik Kwakkel speaking about his work in online media. Plus Tintagel Castle, dancing, Marie de France, Krakens and more on Anne of Brittany.

Identity and Posthuman Medievalism in Sons of Anarchy

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The medievalism of the FX television series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) is not inherently obvious. Set in Northern California, the series follows a fictional outlaw motorcycle club (MC) modeled on real gangs including the Hells Angels. Critics, fans, and creators alike discuss the series as an extended adaptation of Hamlet, and the broad narrative of the series is indeed a family tragedy.

Anne of Brittany, Queen of France

Anne of Brittany - Anna di Bretagna, Latin 9474 - Jean Bourdichon - Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne - f. 3r - Anne de Bretagne entre trois saintes (détail). (Wikipedia).

This week brings us two articles from Susan Abernethy on Anne of Brittany. This first article details Anne’s life.

The Medieval Magazine: Kzoo2016 (Volume 2 Issue 15)

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As medievalists gather in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, we offer tips and reminisces about the largest conference related to the Middle Ages.

A Bad Medieval Road Trip

Photo by Loren Kerns / Flickr

Those who have ever suffered similar misfortunes can judge from their own experiences how great my agitation and anxiety were at the moment.

Feasting the Alexander Romance: Dr. Benjamin Garstad – RAVEN 2016

The Alexander Romance - Armenian illuminated manuscript of XIVth century of Vth century translation. Venice, San Lazzaro, 424. (Wikipedia).

A talk about the famous tale of Alexander the Great’s exploits, The Alexander Romance. The story was retold in numerous versions, and many different languages, from the fourth to the sixteenth centuries and was a popular romance during the Middle Ages.

BOOK REVIEW: Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount

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Our review of Toni Mount’s fascinating look at medicine in the Middle Ages in – Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount.

The Medieval Magazine: Medieval Astrology (Volume 2 Issue 14)

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This week’s issue explores a 15th century astrological text and the practical advice it gives. Read also about cats, Seljuqs, King Arthur, Dante and Viking runestones.

What are the ‘Perilous Days’ of the Year?

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Are you wondering which days it might be best not to get out of bed? In the Middle Ages they wondered that as well, and made use of astrology and signs from the heavens to help them figure this out. A helpful writer from the 15th century even made a list of ‘Perilous Days’

The Cathedral and the City

Chartres Cathedral - photo by Atlant / wikicommons

Another fantastic talk. Professor Caroline Bruzelius talks to us about medieval art, architecture, and the role of the cathedral in Medieval society.

Cultural Exchange in the Languages and Literatures of Medieval Spain

Spanish crest from Valencia. Photo by Medievalists.net

Professor David Wacks’s fascinating discussion of the Iberian Peninsula and it’s incredible linguistic heritage.

Letter Written by Sir George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury to His Wife, Bess of Hardwick, 1568

Bess of Hardwick, 1550s. (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy’s latest piece looks at a letter from Sir George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury to his wife, lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I, Bess Hardwick.

The Medieval Magazine: How to Create Your Own Medieval Costume (Volume 2 Issue 13)

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This week’s issue gives you thrifty advice on looking medieval, and explores the Spanish city of Valencia. Plus, Æthelred the Unready, Vikings, Monastic Gardens and the British Museum.

How Well Do You Know The History of Westeros?

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You win or you die.

Joan of Kent: The First Princess of Wales

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Jean Froissart, probably the most famous of the fourteenth-century chroniclers, described Joan as ‘in her time the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England and the most loved’

Royalit: What Did Medieval Kings Read?

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The @5MinMedievalist, Danièle Cybulskie,

Could You Pass Westeros 101?

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Valar Dohaeris! We shall see!

Can You Identify These Medieval Weapons By Name?

medieval weapons quiz

Do you know the names of each of these different weapons?

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