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Trial by Combat: The Bloody Business of Justice

As a community of the faithful, medieval people believed that no matter how evenly or unevenly matched the fighters were, the one who was innocent would prevail, but trial by combat was not often a black-and-white thing.

What to eat in (and at) Medieval Times

If the Renfair people can get this right, how does the Medieval Times menu perform?

How well do you know your Medieval Manuscripts?

Can you identify these iconic medieval manuscripts?

The Case of the Corrupt Archbishop

How a 14th century archbishop spent years orchestrating an elaborate plot of embezzlement and forgery.

Hunnic Warfare in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries C.E.

This study examines evidence of Hunnic archery, questions the acceptance and significance of the “Hunnic archer” image, and situates Hunnic archery within the context of the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

New Medieval Books: Martin Luther

Five new books that look at the man who was the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

Medieval manuscripts: The Hours of Charles of Angoulême

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême has plenty of surprises in store for lovers of illuminated manuscripts.

Leafing through your favourite medieval facsimiles from your own desk

The Take a Break from the Present video series will take you on an exciting journey at the discovery of ancient illuminated books.

Book Review: Medievalism: A Manifesto

A rallying cry for scholars in general to harness the power of public platforms to better society.

The Legend of the White Snake: A Chinese Mélusine Story

By Minjie Su A husband ‘accidentally’ glimpses into his wife’s bedchamber only to discover that the lady whom he believed to be fair, noble, and undoubtedly human – is in fact a (partial) snake. This unfortunate discovery, though hushed for a short period, eventually leads to the lady’s departure. The husband, full of remorse, renounces […]

Medieval Executions: The View from the Scaffold

Let’s take a brief look at what judicial execution was really like in the Middle Ages.

How to Kill a Medieval Zombie

By Danièle Cybulskie I’ve often said that people in the Middle Ages shared the same hopes and fears that we do. Believe it or not, that includes the walking dead. Although medieval Europeans would not have recognized the term “zombie”, they did tell tales of corpses rising from the grave to terrorize the living. So, […]

Call for Papers: Hype, Transmission and Truth in the Middle Ages

Bristol University’s Centre for Medieval Studies invites submissions for its 24th annual postgraduate conference, taking place on Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th February 2018

What Medieval Ghosts can tell us about the Afterlife

People in the Middle Ages told tales of seeing and talking with ghosts. While these encounters could be quite scary, it was also an opportunity from them to learn about the afterlife.

New Medieval Books: Frontiers and Meeting Places

Five books for you to add to your medieval reading list. And perhaps even to be read.

How and why did the Viking Age begin?

The question of how the Viking Age started has been much debated by historians. One of the leading scholars in the field, Neil Price, is looking to address this fundamental question with his latest project – The Viking Phenomenon.

History in Three Dimensions

When we learn about history, the emphasis is often placed on things we find hilarious or shocking, and pretty much everything we take in afterwards confirms that negative impression.

Castle for Sale: Montaiguillon

The ruins of this thirteenth-century castle in northern France are available for €280 000.

Sutton Hoo to be transformed

£1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will lead to a new experience for visitors of the famous Anglo-Saxon site.

Did Crusaders get Tattoos? Devotional Symbols and Practices in Medieval Europe and the Holy Land

I explore what appears to be a largely overlooked aspect of devotional practice associated with the medieval crusading movement.

New Medieval Books: From Normandy to China

You can read about living in London, marrying in China, or ruling in Normandy.

Whether a True Christian May Wage War: Hussite Polemics About Just War

Hussite warfare and ideology have been the subject of detailed reflection for nearly two hundred years now. They have represented different nations, attitudes and methodologies.

Wild to domestic and back again: the dynamics of fallow deer management in medieval England

The medieval fashion for parks transformed the English landscape: it is estimated that by 1300 AD over 3000 had been established, covering about 2% of the total area of countryside

New Medieval Books: Magnificent

From Adam and Eve to Suleiman and Roxelana – five new books for medievalists.

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