Medieval Youtube: From Mudlarking to the Bell

Eleven more videos from the last month(ish), telling you all about the Middle Ages.

The Codex Eyckensis, an 8th-century Gospel Book, now online

One of the most exceptional illuminated manuscripts from the 8th century has been digitized and is now available online.

Evidence of Salmonella Paratyphi C found for the first time in medieval northern Europe

Eight hundred year old Norwegian skeleton found to have traces of Salmonella.

Finding the wealthiest places in Ireland, circa 1300

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have produced a series of ground-breaking maps that illustrate the distribution of wealth in Ireland circa 1300.

Meet the medieval servants at York’s Barley Hall

Volunteers will take over York’s recreated medieval townhouse throughout the summer to showcase the lives of servants in the medieval period.

The Justification of Tyrannicide in the Chronicle of Dalimil. The Czech Nobility as the “Mystical Body” of the Realm

Dating from the early 14th century (1309-1314), the Chronicle of Dalimil reflects the political attitudes of this pivotal period.

“A translator is not free”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Guidelines for Translation and Their Application in Sir Orfeo

While bemoaning his struggles with translating the Middle English poem “Pearl,” Tolkien declared to his aunt, Jane Neave, that ‘a translator is not free”: but he neglected to delineate the specific rules by which he believed translators were shackled.

The Rothschild Pentateuch acquired by The Getty

The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired the Rothschild Pentateuch, a spectacular medieval Hebrew manuscript from the late thirteenth-century.

New Medieval Books: From Crusaders to Devils

Our latest collection of new books about the Middle Ages…

Axlar-Björn: The Only Serial Killer of Iceland

Axlar-Björn, or Björn of the farm Öxl, was executed in 1596 for having murdered at least 18 people.

Medieval Manuscripts: The Many Artists of the Isabella Breviary

The Isabella Breviary (British Library, Add. MS. 18851) is a remarkable book. Within its pages lie some of the finest illuminations ever painted during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

Ancient parchments reveal a blend of cultures, knowledge during the Middle Ages, Stanford scholar says

Rare 14th-century texts historian Rowan Dorin found in Stanford’s Green Library show an enthusiastic exchange of knowledge between medieval people, going against the belief that the Middle Ages was an ignorant time.

Call for Papers: Medieval Equestrian History / IMC 2019

Call for papers for session papers on medieval equestrian history at IMC Leeds 2019

The Failure of Magna Carta

The Introduction to the Medieval Warfare magazine issue on ‘A War for England – the First Barons’ War’

Performance and female preaching in late medieval and early modern Europe

This paper will argue that the key to recognizing female participation in late medieval and early modern preaching is to understand the diverse methods of communication that women used to ‘preach’ sermons.

Heart, Hand, and Mind: Grasping the Cross in Early Medieval England

Far removed from the bodies they once adorned and the graves which from which they were unearthed gold cross pendants richly inlaid with garnets sit behind glass in various museums in Great Britain.

The return to hill forts in the Dark Ages: what can this tell us about post-Roman Britain?

After being abandoned for nearly 400 years, some of the ancient Iron Age hill forts were re-occupied and re-fortified in the later fifth and early sixth centuries. Interestingly, some ‘new’ hill forts were also erected at this time.

Monasticism without frontiers : the extended monastic community of the Abbot of Cluny in England and Wales

Cluniac monasteries, so called because of their relationship to the abbot of Cluny in Burgundy, have been estimated to have numbered over seven hundred foundations at one time, distributed throughout France and in England, Wales, Scotland, Lombardy, and Spain.

Man is Not the Only Speaking Animal: Thresholds and Idiom in al-Jāhiz

Furthermore, according to the language of the Arabs, every animal is either eloquent or a foreign-speaker … Man is the eloquent one even if he expresses himself in Persian, Hindi, or Greek.

The Image of the Cumans in Medieval Chronicles

The Cumans who inhabited the Eurasian steppe from the mid-eleventh to thirteenth century and led a nomadic way of life were a Turkic nomadic people, representing the western branch of the Cumans-Qipchak confederation

‘Death in a Dread Place’: Belief, Practice, and Marginality in Norse Greenland, ca. 985-1450

This thesis finds that the development of Christianity was driven by the Greenlanders’ increasing perception of their place in the world as one of marginality and spiritual danger.

Richard III and the Woodville Faction: The Events Surrounding 1483

This paper examines the Usurpation of Richard III in 1483 and the events leading up to it.

Museum to be added to Whitby Abbey

An investment of £1.6 million at Whitby Abbey in Northern England will pave the way for a new museum, improvements to the courtyard and visitor centre as well as a new coffee shop.

Tudor Shipwreck Discovered in Southeastern England

Archaeologists are now excavating a recently-discovered shipwreck found in southeastern England, which is believed to date from the Tudor-era. 

Uncovering the mysteries of England’s Bayeux Tapestry and its connections to Charlemagne

A team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, are hoping to raise awareness of a unique, but little-known, medieval fresco which depicts fighting knights on the wall of a village church in Shropshire.

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