Five new websites for medievalists

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In the first of what will be an occasional series, here are five new websites on the Middle Ages…

People of Medieval Scotland online database officially launched

The Ragman Roll is the name given to the manuscript rolls into which deeds of fealty were placed. Credit: The National Archives, Kew (Manuscript C47/23/5).

The People of Medieval Scotland (PoMS) project has catalogued over 21,000 individuals mentioned in 8,600 documents. The documents, written between 1093 and 1314, tell the story of Scotland’s transformation from a land of patchwork regions to an established kingdom with fixed borders and modern systems of government.

Taking Inventory of Manuscripts. Survey of Tasks Achieved and Tasks to Do

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This paper was an informal discussion on the topic of manuscripts and canonical resources, regional statistics and the problems with current database compilation.

New Battle of Bannockburn website launched

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With 700 days to go until the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland have launched a new website to promote the medieval battle and the construction of a visitor’s centre that will make the site a major tourist destination.

St Andrews Cathedral in Scotland recreated online

Virtual St Andrews Cathedral - photo courtesy University of St Andrews

People can now explore St Andrews Cathedral, Scotland’s largest medieval church, as it looked in the Middle Ages, through a new online portal created by the University of St Andrews.

Creating An Online Portal Into The Medieval World

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Researchers are in the process of pulling together a website bringing together scores of electronic resources on medieval subjects, including literature, history, theology, architecture, art history and philosophy.

New website – Getty Research Portal – offers better access to art history resources

The Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal is a free online search gateway that aggregates descriptive metadata of digitized art history texts, with links to fully digitized copies that are free to download.

MyDante: An Online Environment for Contemplative and Collaborative Reading

MyDante Homepage

This paper explores the tensions between individual and collaborative aspects of reading in the context of MyDante, a digital environment for the study of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

I’m the King of the Castle: Historvius launches social-travel game

Tourists can share their tips and pictures from places they’ve visited and build their virtual empire as they travel

Leading history travel website Historvius.com has launched a new social-travel game allowing people to truly become King of the Castle or even Emperor of the Colosseum. Users can rule historic sites they’ve visited, earn points, titles and badges, share with their friends and build their very own virtual empire while they travel.

Thousands of Irish Medieval Documents now available online

CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c.1244–1509

Trinity College Dublin historians have reconstructed invaluable medieval documents destroyed during the bombardment of the Four Courts in 1922.

Tweeting History: Social Media meets Mummies and Moats

Tweeting about the show Museum Secrets - photo by Paul Hillier Photography

Last week, dozens of Toronto-area bloggers gathered at a local bar, bringing with them their iPhones and Blackberries. Amidst watching Viking re-enactors fight it out on stage and playing trivia, the group got ready for the main event of the evening – watching a tv show about the Pergamon and Neues Museums in Berlin, Germany, and tweeting history.

Bodleian Libraries Cairo Genizah collection now available online

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From the store room to the web: Bodleian launches website featuring its 25,000 Cairo Genizah fragments

‘Battle Castle’ lays siege on-air and online

Dan Snow from Battle Castle - image courtesy Battle Castle

The show is an interactive, trans-medieval journey into castle engineering, bloody siegecraft, and epic clashes that transform mortals into legends. Hosted by UK celebrity Dan Snow, the show takes its viewers over six one-hour timeslots to Syria, France, Spain, Wales, Poland and England delving into the stories of six fascinating castles.

The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

Ghent Altarpiece - image courtesy The Getty

It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art from the medieval world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece.

Mapping the Medieval Countryside project receives £528,000 in funding

16th century map of the British Isles

A new project from King’s College London and the University of Winchester will allow researchers to explore the lands of medieval England as never before has received over half a million pounds in funding.

New Website Showcases Suffolk’s Medieval Masterpieces

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This month sees the launch of a new website designed to showcase one of the most important sets of medieval wall paintings to be found in East Anglia

Gruesome murders to mythical beasts: Britain’s historic church wallpaintings now can be seen online

Church wallpainting - image courtesy Churches Conservation Trust

Earlier this month, the Churches Conservation Trust – the national charity protecting historic churches at risk – launched a brand new online resource providing an interactive guide to just some of the fine wallpaintings in its care

New project to examine immigration to medieval England

18th century map of England

The study will create a huge database of around 80,000 immigrants who lived in England between 1330 and 1550.

Discover Medieval Chester project gets funding

St_Johns_Chester_Ruins - photo courtesy Swansea University

The ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project, which intends to promote the rich history of medieval Chester as a multi-cultural, multi-lingual frontier city, has has received an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Knowledge Transfer Fellowship to the value of £172 000.

New App features Bodleian Treasures

Treasures of the Bodleian

The Bodleian Libraries have launched a mobile app featuring a selection of the rarest, most important and most evocative objects from the Bodleian collections.

Profiling English Landed Society in 1066

Page from the Domesday Book for Warwickshire, including listing of Birmingham

Professor Lewis details the project, Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066 project, which involves completing a prosopography of landowners from England in 1066

“A Song of Ice & Fire – A Game of Thrones”

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“A Song of Ice & Fire – A Game of Thrones” The new series is set to release April 17th, 2011 on HBO in the US and HBO Canada for Canadian viewers. It is based on the award winning, best selling fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. The show’s 10 episode season will be based on […]

Medieval Scotland database launched

16th century map of Scotland

A database identifying over 15000 people in medieval Scotland has been officially launched. Paradox of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1286 draws on over 6000 charters to construct a unique data-base that provides biographical information about all known people in Scotland during that period. Historians and researchers will be able to search or browse through 15,221 persons, which is […]

Medievalists on Twitter

Medieval Twitter

For people interested in the Middle Ages, Twitter can also be a useful source of news and information.

Blog Profile: Anachronista

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We profile Anachronista, which is written by Carrie Russell.  Entering its fifth year, Anachronista was one of the first blogs that I regularly followed, because of Carrie’s interesting and often funny posts and her web savvy. We interviewed Carrie Russell by email: Why did you decide to start your own blog? As a child I was […]

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