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Was There History in the Middle Ages?

Did medieval writers think they were writing history? Emily A. Winkler takes a closer look at the various forms of ‘history’ during this period.

No Strings Attached: Emotional Interaction with Animated Sculptures of Crucified Christ

Such life-size Christs were not just the stuff of dreams (or nightmares), but have existed in Europe throughout the middle ages – massive wooden bodies, from the size of a small adult up to three metres tall, were habitually hung on the crosses above the nave.

Private Passions: The Contemplation of Suffering in Medieval Affective Devotions

This dissertation examines the representation of suffering in medieval affective devotional texts.

A Wealth of Evidence: The Identity of the Man Commemorated at Sutton Hoo

Was it a wealthy merchant, a warrior from overseas, or a great king? This paper gathers, presents, and scrutinizes the evidence and arguments from ancient records, opulate grave-goods, and contemporary investigations in an attempt to determine the most likely candidate for the individual interred in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo.

The Resurrection of Jesus and Human Beings in Medieval Christian and Jewish Theology and Polemical Literature

This article will first look at intra-religious discussion among medieval Christians and Jews about resurrection in general to see how they understood it theologically in their respective religious communities.

Virtual Pilgrimage through the Jerusalem Cityscape

This essay considers a group of images depicting the Passion that are, at one level, quite disparate: they are executed in different media, in vastly different sizes, and with different target audiences.

Ten Things We Learned at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

From names of ships to mass expulsion – ten things we learned about the Middle Ages at #MAA2017

“I do medieval”: How Mechthild of Magdeburg led me into the Middle Ages

I can still remember sitting on my couch in the cold of a Midwest winter, wrapped up in six blankets, randomly picking Flowing Light of the Godhead as my first book.

Gregory of Tours, the Eastern Emperor, and Merovingian Gaul

This article explores Gregory’s passages on imperial Rome and argues that they were intended to highlight the virtues and vices of particular Merovingian kings in comparison with particular Roman emperors.

Crowdfunding campaign for a Crusader Castle

A crowdfunding campaign to fund archaeological work and restoration of a crusader castle has already reached half of its goal.

The Peasant Doctor: A Medieval Turnaround Tale

One of the best ways to learn about a culture is to figure out its sense of humour. In medieval Europe, this means looking at fabliaux: short, funny tales that demonstrate common stereotypes and jokes – usually sexual, violent, and containing a clear scapegoat.

One Year Anniversary of The Five-Minute Medievalist Book

I’m so excited to announce that this Thursday, April 6th, marks the first anniversary of my little book, The Five-Minute Medievalist!

New Medieval Books: Medievalism

Five recently published books that deal with medievalism.

The Needle is Mightier than the Sword: The Effect of Embroidery in Medieval War Material Culture

Beginning in the early Middle Ages, military garments evolved from simple identifying clothing with little ornamentation, to richly decorated garments that reflected the increasingly complex – and somewhat artificial – heraldic composites.

The prank that tore apart the family of William the Conqueror

It is not surprising to hear of brothers playing pranks on each other. However, when your father is King of England, the ramifications could lead to more trouble than anyone would realize.

The Armor Network: Medieval Prostheses and Degenerative Posthuman Bodies

By studying depictions of armor in The Canterbury Tales, Le Morte D’Arthur, and The Faerie Queene, and by seeing how these works help us understand the use of medievalism in digital media, we can unravel how armored bodies in Western cultural narratives function as a way to think through the problematics of posthuman transformations.

Pain in Medieval and Modern Contexts

The interplay between Christian religious belief and medicine in the High Middle Ages was complicated.

Changing Places: a comparative discussion of London and Tours in the Early Medieval Period

This paper examines the developmental stages that occurred at two settlements which saw significant changes from the 5th to 12th centuries AD; London and Tours.

How and when Venice became Venice: Framing the urban development of a trading town in Italy

Venice was one of the most important cities in Europe in the late Middle Ages and the Modern era, when it formed an independent state which controlled trade across the Mediterranean and towards the Levant.

The use and the abuse of history, national heritage and nationalism

‘Icelanders or Norwegians? Leifur, Snorri and national identity then and now’ followed by a panel discussion

Divine Vengeance and Human Justice in The Wendish Crusade of 1147

In this study I will focus on the question of whether the Wendish Crusade supports an ‘act of vengeance’ paradigm.

A Medieval Cure for Baldness

Medieval men also worried about losing their hair. They could turn to Hildegard of Bingen to provide them with a cure for baldness.

New Medieval Books: From Anarchy to Archaeology

Five more books that go from early medieval Europe to the Renaissance…

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