The Mandrake Plant and Six Anglo-Saxon Cures


Plants were a vital source of potential cures in the Middle Ages, and the mandrake was considered to be one of the most powerful of these. However, you needed a hungry dog to help you catch one!

Julian of Norwich: The Quiet Voice of Contemplation


However you encounter Julian, whether for the first time or the hundredth, no doubt you will hear the quiet voice of a lifetime of contemplation.

Sharing the Love of Medieval Manuscripts: An Interview with Facsimile Finder


Giovanni, co-founder of the company with his wife Giulia, has told us a bit about the industry and the importance of facsimiles as teaching tools. Furthermore, for those of you looking for information about a specific medieval manuscript or facsimile, Facsimile Finder provides a database with all the information you need. So long endless searching, hello Facsimile Finder!

Book Excerpt & Promotion! The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

BOOKS: The Norman ConquestWilliam the Conqueror's Subjugation of England

The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England look at the origins, course and outcomes of William the Conqueror’s conquest of England 1051-1087.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 26)


The many sides of Medieval Cultural Heritage and Identity: English Embroidery on display at the V&A Museum, a case study of how one South African object affects the national narrative, an invitation for tourists to help document historic preservation, a book review of ‘A Year in the Life of Medieval England’ by T. Mount, and other exclusive content!

How to Defeat a Tyrant: The Florentines against the Duke

Florence at sunset - photo by Joe deSousa / Flickr

In a time of crisis the Republic of Florence turned to a brash noble to lead their city. He soon turned into a disgraceful tyrant. Could the Florentine citizens overthrow him before a plot to murder hundreds of people could be carried out?

BOOK REVIEW: A Year in the Life of Medieval England by Toni Mount

A Year in the Life of Medieval England by Toni Mount

Author Toni Mount is back again, but this time with an in-depth look at daily life in Medieval England. Her book, A Year in the Life of Medieval England, explores war, medicine, marriage, disputes, work, and cooking. A fascinating almanac of bits and bobs about Medieval England from the most most mundane, to the most important events in its history.

Medieval English Embroidery on Display for the Last Time at the V&A’s Opus Anglicanum Exhibit

Opus Anglicanum at the V&A. (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The V&A Museum opened its latest medieval exhibit exhibit on Saturday: Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery. I had the opportunity to see it opening day and it was spectacular.

Who Would You Be In Richard III’s England?


Courtier? Soldier? Peasant? A member of the royal family?

Surviving a Medieval Shipwreck

A medieval shipwreck depicted in the 14th century - from British Library MS Royal 20 D I   f. 177

‘But then the wind came upon us from the mountains, and we could not handle the sails, and we were caught in the gale and the rain and thunder and lightning.’

Viking at Heart: Interview with Emma “Bruni” Boast, MA

emmaboast gets to know Archaeologist and Heritage Consultant Emma Boast, a.k.a. Bruni, in an exclusive one-on-one interview!   Current Occupation? I am a Freelance Viking Age Archaeology and Heritage Consultant, Managing Director at Nidavellnir (Viking Age Historical Clothing and Nalbinding) and Site Assistant at York Archaeological Trust. My passion is everything to do with the […]

What is a Volcano? A Medieval Answer

Mount Etna eruption - photo by Alessandro Rossi / Flickr

Volcanoes have long fascinated people. They have know how dangerous they can be, but throughout history many have tried to figure what causes them. Here is the explanation given by the medieval scholar Albert the Great.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 25)


Our celebratory Eight-Year Anniversary Issue! We take a journey back through time for the best of our best as well as looking forward to the future and some great new original content!

Medieval Advice for Students Away From Home

Medieval Students

By Danièle Cybulskie Over the last few weeks, countless parents have kissed their sons and daughters and sent them off to study away from home, loading them up with advice and admonitions to take good care of themselves. Hundreds of years ago, medieval parents were loading up their own children with love and advice, too. […]

Why ‘Hamilton’ Matters to Medievalists


As I watched the 70th Annual Tony Awards a few months ago, front-running Hamilton, a musical production nominated in a record-setting 16 categories, really struck me as powerful.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 24)

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The Medieval Iceland Effect: how this island has contributed to our modern world.
Hear the past with free audio recordings and readings from Medieval Manuscripts Alive, apply for a medieval student loan, and put in a bid for medieval stone!

Fighting to Win: The Art of Sword Combat in The Early Modern Period

The Art of Sword Combat by Joachim Meyer

By Danièle Cybulskie Usually, writing about the Early Modern Age isn’t my deal, but it was definitely an interesting time. This was the period in which men went around in puffy pants with rapiers at their hips, ready to duel anyone who ridiculed the puffiness of their pants. And if you’re going to wander around […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner

A Million Years in A Day by Greg Jenner

Want to know how daylight savings time started? Who really invented the modern toilet? Were the Vikings really filthy Barbarians? Did Early Modern people think bathing was dangerous? This book aims to answer these questions (and many more!) as Greg Jenner takes us from sun up to sun down, through a million years in one day.

Did Henry VIII Suffer from Head Trauma?

Henry VIII

By Danièle Cybulskie It’s a question that pretty much anyone looking at the arc of his life ends up asking: what happened to Henry VIII? From a hugely-admired prince, to a widely-feared king, the transformation in Henry’s behaviour and outlook would seem like the stuff of fiction, but for the fact that history bears out […]

Book Talk: A Conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay

Banner - US Cover Children of Earth and Sky

Set in a parallel Renaissance world, two major religions, the Jaddites who worship the sun, and the Asharites who worship the stars, struggle amidst the backdrop of court politics, murder, espionage, faith and family.

Places to See: London in 7 Drinks

Wine, enjoyed the medieval way...out of a coconut! shell! Photo by

Can you tell history through a pint? Or a cup of coffee perhaps? According to Dr. Matthew Green you can. The historian and author turned his passion for history into Unreal City Audio: London Walking Tours.

How to Make Medieval Artists’ Tools

Cennino Cennini, Madonna and Child with Angels and Saints, Galleria Moretti

by Danièle Cybulskie If there’s one thing medieval people loved, it was writing educational treatises. Sometimes, these were a little on the fantastic side – like bestiaries or travel literature – but other times, they were extremely useful how-to manuals. I particularly love the how-to manuals because they can teach us so much about medieval […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Anglo-Saxons in 100 Facts by Martin Wall

Book: The Anglo Saxons in 100 Facts

Looking for a “historical beach read” this summer? Look no further. Martin Wall’s latest book, The Anglo-Saxons in 100 Facts brings pre-conquest England to life in a chronological series full of interesting, humorous and gruesome facts about the Anglo Saxons.

Isabelle of Angoulême: Jezebel of the Middle Ages?

Isabella of Angoulême's Tomb Effigy, Fontevraud Abbey

Matthew Paris (d.1259) said in one of his chronicles of the history of England that, ‘she ought to be called a wicked Jezebel, rather than Isabel.’

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