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“One Freedom to All Human Beings”: Laura Cereta, Fifteenth-Century Women’s Champion

In medieval Italy, the nature and capabilities of women were being debated by both women and men, who fell on both sides of the argument. One voice among those was Laura Cereta’s.

Opening the Macclesfield Psalter: Patrons and Priories

It is undeniable that the Macclesfield Psalter is virtually unrivalled for its lavish illustrations. The gilded representations of structural, organic and allegorical elements are alluring and were certainly significant for the medieval recipients. Despite its beauty and rare pigments it was not just a work of art to simply gaze upon.

The Desire for Solitude: The Secret Poems of Irish Monks

Medieval monks worked long hours in silence copying and illustrating manuscripts. But what happened when their minds began to wander?

The Emotional Lives of Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS

From an interdisciplinary array of scholars, a consensus has emerged: invariably, epidemics in past times provoked class hatred, blamed the ‘other’, and victimized the victims of epidemic diseases.

Viking toy boat discovered in Norway

A thousand years ago, for reasons we will never know, the residents of a tiny farmstead on the coast of central Norway filled an old well with dirt.

Complaining about doctors in the 12th century

Doctors were around in the Middle Ages too, and according to one twelfth-century writer, many of them were failing their patients.

New Medieval Books: Boucicaut to Art Recipes

This week’s five new books goes into politics, making art and one of the greatest knights of the Middle Ages.

Catapults are not Atomic Bombs: Towards a Redefinition of Effectiveness in Premodern Military Technology

Since at least the sixteenth century most historians have believed that the longbow significantly changed English strategy and tactics in the later Middle Ages.

Rodulf and Ubba: In Search of a Frisian–Danish Viking

This article attempts to reconstruct some of Rodulf’s life and deeds.

Environmental Scarcity and Abundance in Medieval Icelandic Literature

Can medieval literary texts tell us anything about the environmental conditions and the availability of natural resources in premodern times?

Visions in a Ninth-Century Village: an Early Medieval Microhistory

This article however suggests that an account of a ninth-century peasant’s vision can be read to recover a microhistory of a rural priest in northern Francia, and draws out the implications for how the local societies of the period might be viewed.

Augsburg Master Builders’ Ledgers now available online

The material offers incomparable insights into the medieval accounting practices in the City of Augsburg in the period 1320 to 1466.

Campaign begins to keep Viking hoard in Scotland

Campaigners are calling for one of the most spectacular Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland to have its home near where it was found in Dumfries and Galloway.

Call for Editor/s: Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Seeking an editor or editorial team of two to three in related fields to edit Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal for a (renewable) three-year term beginning 1 December 2017.

“Now if this is your wish, I cannot blame you” – asking for a divorce in 1204

All day long I have a lonely heart and am pained by our separation. I feel that pain while writing these lines. But the choice is with you; the decision is in your hand: if you wish to carry the matter through, do so; if you wish to leave things as they are, do so.

New Medieval Books: From Ryukyu to Valhalla

This week’s five new books take you across the medieval world, exploring its sciences, myths and wars.

A Garden Enclosed, A Fountain Sealed Up: Paradoxical and Generative Metaphors of Enclosure in Medieval Female Anchoritism

The anchoritic life was a particular manifestation of the secluded or eremitical life.

Old Food was Never Better: Augmenting event authenticity at a medieval festival

Initially, an exploratory ethnographic study was conducted at a pre-festival medieval banquet to explore dimensions of food and beverage apparent in the literature. This informed a resultant survey which was administered at the festival tournament.

When St Andrews was the heart of medieval Scotland

Medieval St Andrews provides a pathway to an increased understanding of the medieval world.

Castle for Sale in New York

Looking for a medieval castle but want to stay in North America? Consider Highlands Castle, situated in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York State.

He was murdered 1,400 years ago

Scottish researchers have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago.

Both “illness and temptation of the enemy”: melancholy, the medieval patient and the writings of King Duarte of Portugal (r. 1433–38)

Recent historians have rehabilitated King Duarte of Portugal, previously maligned and neglected, as an astute ruler and philosopher. There is still a tendency, however, to view Duarte as a depressive or a hypochondriac, due to his own description of his melancholy in his advice book, the Loyal Counselor.

Richard lll Book of Hours now online

Leicester Cathedral has digitised and published the personal prayer book of King Richard III.

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