Book Review: Shadow on the Crown

Shadow on the Crown

A review of Patricia Bracewell’s book: Shadow on the Crown.

Book Review: Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present

Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present

In the book Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present, Tison Pugh and Angela Jane Weisl recognize the enduring influence of the Middle Ages and address how medievalisms are interpreted and represented in modern culture.

BOOK REVIEW: “Death Before Compline”

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BOOK REVIEW: Death Before Compline Bagwyn Books (2012) Sharan Newman This short book, DEATH BEFORE COMPLINE is a great collection of murder-mystery stories by Sharan Newman. It features the adventures of Sharan’s popular and much loved heroine, Catherine LeVendeur, a crime solving woman living in twelfth century France. The stories are chronologically ordered, starting from […]

The Archaeology of Knowth in the First and Second Millennia AD

The Archaeology of Knowth in the First and Second Millennia AD

Knowth, Ireland is the site of one the country’s most important archaeological sites: from a large neolithic grave mound to medieval and post-medieval settlements, this place offers a huge amount of evidence on Irish history.

Review: The Medieval Anarchy: History In An Hour

Medieval Anarchy

The latest ebook from History In An Hour, The Medieval Anarchy aims to give the reader a relatively quick look at events during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154), a period of civil war throughout the Anglo-Norman empire.

REVIEW – The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

Dan Jones is an acclaimed English historian and award winning journalist.

From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages

From the Brink of the Apocalypse Confronting Famine, War, Plague and Death in the Later Middle Ages

Aberth writes in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, both in his lively, readable style aimed at the nonspecialist and in his antiheroic, almost romantic portrayal of late medieval miseries.

Medieval futures: Attitudes to the future in the Middle Ages

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Medieval Futures explores the rich variety of ways in which medieval people imagined the future, from the prophetic anticipation of the end of the world to the mundane expectation that the world would continue indefinitely, permitting ordinary human plans and provisions.

Book Review: Pope Joan, by Lawrence Durrell

Pope Joan

Once I got past all the unnecessary narrative, this book read like a script from a ‘Carry On’ movie: a titillating tale of lusty desires and ambition set against a religious backdrop, and heavily cloaked in the guarded innuendo of the time.

Book Review: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Royal Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination makes for a good compliment to those who have had the chance to view the exhibition, adding indepth details about this collection as well as dozens of wonderful images from the Middle Ages.

REVIEW: “The Sons of Mercia: Godric the Kingslayer” – Jayden Woods

Godric the Kingslayer - Sons of Mercia, Volume 2

Rich characters, misery, betrayal, sex and a dose of brutal Viking violence, mixed together for an easy, enjoyable read! Author Jayden Woods releases her next offering in the “Sons of Mercia” trilogy, “Volume 2: Godric the Kingslayer” This story picks up on the life of Eadric Streona’s son, Godric. It’s hard being the son of the most reviled man […]

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany Translated by Albrecht Classen Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies: Texts for Teaching, Volume 3 Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-86698-374-7 Synopsis: Just as late-medieval Italian literature has its Decameron and late-medieval English literature has its Canterbury Tales, late-medieval German literature, though less familiar, also has […]

Parents and Children in the Early Middle Ages

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Parents and Children in the Early Middle Ages (Review article) By Pauline Stafford Early Medieval Europe, Vol.10:2 (2001) Introduction: In the ninth century Paulinus of Aquileia described the horror of Hell in terms of inversion: ‘Where there is no honour of seniores; or of king, nor is lord over slave/servant, nor mother loves her son […]

A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints

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A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints By Alan J. Koman Genealogical Publishing Company, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-8063-1824-0 Publisher’s Synopsis: For anyone interested in his or her own genealogical links to medieval Europe and early Christianity, this book offers an extraordinary opportunity. For the first time, the lives of 275 early European saints are retold and […]

The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas

Medieval World

The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas Edited by John M. Thompson National Geographic, 2010 ISBN: 978-1426205330 Publisher’s Description: Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of […]

La première Normandie (Xe–XIe siècles): sur les frontières de la haute Normandie: identité et construction d’une principauté

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La première Normandie (Xe–XIe siècles): sur les frontières de la haute Normandie: identité et construction d’une principauté Bauduin, Pierre Caen, Presses Universitaires de Caen, (2004) Abstract In the 1990s medieval historians were very preoccupied with border studies. No sooner had the dust settled on the collapse of the Berlin Wall than medievalists were taking advantage of […]

Anonymus and Master Roger

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Anonymus and Master Roger Central European Medieval Texts Series, Volume 5 Budapest, 2010 ISBN: 978-963-9776-95-1 Anonymus, notary of King Béla – The Deeds of the Hungarians Edited and translated and annotated by Martyn Rady and László Veszprémy Master Roger’s Epistle to the Sorrowful Lament upon the Destruction of the Kingdom of Hungary by the Tatars […]

The Battle of Wakefield Revisited

Battle of Wakefield Revisited, by Helen Cox

The Battle of Wakefield Revisited: A Fresh Perspective on Richard of York’s Final Battle, December 1460 By Helen Cox YPD Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9565768-0-4 On 30th December 1460, a battle took place which changed the course of English history. Richard, Duke of York, had recently been named heir-apparent to King Henry VI by the Act […]

Book Review: Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300 By John France UCL Press, 1999 Review by Dana Cushing University of Toronto A survey of military equipment, tactics and engagements employed under the Western European sphere of influences during the period 1000 to 1300, it is my opinion that John France’s book provides […]

Book Review: The Military Revolution Debate

Military Revolution Debate

The Military Revolution Debate Edited by Clifford Rogers (Westview Press, 1995) Reviewed by Dana Cushing University of Toronto The idea of a ‘military revolution’ by which various medieval practises were transformed into a regular early modern institution is one much discussed among military historians.  Rogers’ book sets out to address this debate by presenting the […]

Book Reviews: Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War and The Circle of War in the Middle Ages

Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War

Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War Edited by Curry and Hughes (Boydell, 1999) The Circle of War in the Middle Ages Edited by Kagay and Villalon (Boydell, 1999) Reviewed by Dana Cushing University of Toronto Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War This book is a collection of essays, the […]

The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000

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The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000 By Chris Wickham Allen Lane, 2009 ISBN: 978-0713994292 Publisher’s Synopsis: The idea that with the decline of the Roman Empire Europe entered into some immense ‘dark age’ has long been viewed as inadequate by many historians. How could a world still so profoundly shaped […]

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village By Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick Press, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-7636-1578-9 Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling […]

Eadric the Grasper – Sons of Mercia vol. 1

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Eadric the Grasper- Sons of Mercia vol. 1 By Jayden Woods Publisher: Create Space ISBN:978-1452862866 Release: October 5th, 2010 Eadric the Grasper is a historical novel set in the beginning of the 11th century. It follows the life of Eadric, a former swineherd from Mercia who due to a chance meeting, becomes an important figure, […]

Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

Landscape with Two Saints

Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe By Lisa Bitel Oxford University Press, 2009 ISBN: 9780195336528 At a time when Europeans still longed to be Roman and were just learning to be Christian, two extraordinary holy women – Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit […]

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