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Companions, Servants or Signifiers?: The Role of Assistance Dogs in the Late Middle Ages

Medieval dogs as companions were most valuable in providing humans with emotional and material support.

Who were the Templars?

The idea of the Knights Templar looked good on paper. Have knights from across Europe join a monastic order that would defend the Holy Land from non-Christians. They would be devout warriors fighting on behalf of God, an example for all of Christendom. What could go wrong?

Medieval Book Review Round-Up

Here’s a round-up of new books that have landed on my desk that I thought are definitely worth checking out.

Severity and Selectivity of the Black Death and Recurring Plague in the Southern Netherlands (1349-1450)

This paper offers a newly-compiled database of 25,610 individuals that died between 1349-1450 in the County of Hainaut to test a number of assumptions on the selectivity and severity of late medieval plague outbreaks.

The Square “Fighting March” of the Crusaders at the Battle of Ascalon (1099)

In this paper I will examine a number of theories about the origin of this particular marching formation, based on the manuals attributed to the Byzantine Emperors Maurice (582–602), Leo VI (886–912) and Nicephoros Phocas (963– 69) and several anonymous Byzantine military treatises of the sixth and tenth centuries.

Ampullae and Badges: Pilgrim Paraphernalia in Late Medieval England

Late medieval persons who adorned their hats and cloaks with the traces of their pilgrimage visits grappled with many conflicting perspectives.

‘To Talk of Many Things’: Whales, Walrus, and Seals in Medieval Icelandic Literature

In comparing the roles of whales, walrus, and seals, this study will examine the themes that recur throughout the Old Icelandic literary tradition, and how these may have been influenced by the circumstances of the time.

Tiny Edens: What you can find in a medieval monastery’s garden

Here are five garden elements you’d regularly find on a monastery’s grounds.

Were Christians and Muslims Allies in the First Crusade?

In this article, we present the case that an alliance existed between the Crusaders and the Fatimid rulers of Egypt, and it was only when that alliance broke down that Jerusalem would become the target of a military attack.

Earth, air, fire, and water in Beowulf

In this thesis, I explore the intersection of nature and human society in the poem Beowulf.

The development of medieval medical ethics

Yet it is not until the late Middle Ages that we can speak of the development of a clearly-defined medical deontology and professional ethics resulting from two factors:

What did they sound like? Reconstructing the music of the Viking Age

This paper attempts to fill that gap by offering a reconstruction of Viking Age Scandinavian music.

How many historic Welsh counties do you know?

Since the Middle Ages, Wales was divided into over a dozen counties, some of which existed for hundreds of years. Take this quiz to see how well you know them.

The Morgan Acquires Rare Medieval Manuscript Illumination by the Master of Catherine of Cleves

The work is from an otherwise lost Book of Hours and is the first to be discovered by the artist since 1980.

Interview with Nancy Goldstone, Author of Daughters of the Winter Queen

Read on to find out more about the book, amazing women in history, and Elizabeth’s connection to the royal wedding.

5th-century massacre site uncovered by archaeologists

Archaeologists working on the Swedish island of Öland have uncovered evidence showing dozens of men were massacred about 1,500 years ago.

“A Well-Regulated Militia”: The Medieval Origins of the Second Amendment

As it turns out, weapons ownership—and its relationship to political rights, power, and masculine self-image—has deep roots in the Middle Ages. This in turns, explains how firearms came to be so entrenched in American culture.

The 50 Most Important Events of the Middle Ages

Our list of the most important events in the medieval world, between the years 500 and 1500 AD.

Before Dracula: The Rise and Fall of Whitby Abbey

But in addition to Bram and Dracula, Whitby Abbey has more stories to tell; and they are much more ancient than the immortal Count.

5,000,000 words: How St. Augustine’s works made it into the Middle Ages

This is the first in a series that will look over the shoulder of medieval readers to discover how they shaped Augustine’s legacy, and created an image of the man that has endured to our times.

The Codex Faenza and the Tradition of Improvisation

Laura Osterlund lecture on, and performance of, the music in the Codex Faenza.

How Law Was Taught at a Medieval University

Jason A. Brown focus on a medieval manuscript to show how law was taught in medieval universities.

10 New Youtube Videos for Medieval Lovers: From an Old Norse ‘Hello’ to heckling a knight

Ten new videos on Youtube for your watching pleasure!

Can you Solve these 10 Medieval Riddles?

Here are 10 riddles from the Middle Ages. How many can you answer?

New Medieval Books: Suger and Blood

Looking for something medieval to read? Here are five new books about the Middle Ages to check out…

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