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The Tower-House Castle: Not Exactly Fit for a King

House, Tower, Castle. It’s like a weird hand of Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples but these special types of castles are common in Scotland and Ireland. The 13th century concentric castles of Edward I, a.k.a. Longshanks, a.k.a. Hammer of the Scots, are some of the most well-known surviving medieval structures. His castles are […]

The Medieval Magazine: #Engaging the Medieval (Volume 3 Issue 1)

New Year, New You? Kicking off the first issue of 2017 with a look at how we as historians, scholars and the general public, engage with history.

Top 10 Medieval News Stories of 2016

These last twelve months have seen more discoveries and great research about the Middle Ages. However, in keeping with the theme that 2016 is the worst year ever, our most important story is a depressing tale for medievalists.

A Vision of Baby Jesus from 1344

The story told by Margaretha Ebner is a fascinating one – an intimate experience with the Baby Jesus. In her own words, she describes powerful visions of being with the infant, and even breastfeeding him.

The Medieval Magazine: A Medieval Christmas (Volume 2 Issue 31)

Happy holidays from Medievalists.net! Medieval holiday traditions, the story of how Nicholas became Santa Claus, and some tasty treats for your holiday feast. As it gets chilly outside, we’ve also got a few articles connecting medieval studies with climate change too! Inside this issue: From Ale to Wassail: Lady Matilda’s Guide to Surviving a Medieval […]

How to Party Like It’s 1399

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means that it’s time to get medieval and party like there’s no fifteenth century!

The Monarchy’s Symbols of Power

Medieval monarchs are remembered as powerful rulers, with a tyrannical control of land, nobles, and riches. They were strong figures, in control of their realm and their lives. However, medieval rulers also existed in a daily display of that power and authority. Even if a king was born into his position, he still needed to […]

Talkin’ the Medieval Bob Dylans

On October 4, 2016, the Swedish Academy announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan would receive the Nobel Prize in literature.

Top 15 Etsy Picks for a Medievalist

  Let’s face it, it’s just plain difficult to find the perfect gift sometimes! You want it to be unique, a great match for the recipient, a sign of your affection and esteem, and maybe even have a little medieval flair. We’ve scoured the world of Etsy for the weird, wonderful, and medieval products available […]

The Shadow of the Cross: Book Tour and Giveaway!

Graphic novel fans! Today, we’re hosting day 2 of Dmitry Yakhovsky‘s Book Tour and running an international contest to give away a copy of his latest graphic novel: The Shadow of the Cross Want a chance to win it? Subscribe to our free newsletter and send us an email by December 23 answering this question: What fresco would Dmitry like to paint? (a […]

30 Medieval Texts Translated in 2016

From biographies of the leading warriors to the grumbling of a government official, here are thirty medieval texts that have been translated in 2016.

Medieval Magazine: Kings and Queens Special

Are you interested in royalty in the Middle Ages? Try our five-issue theme pack from The Medieval Magazine. For $7.99 (US) get these five digital issues of the magazine

Medieval Magazine: Science and Medicine Special

Are you interested in science and medicine in the Middle Ages? Try our five-issue theme pack from The Medieval Magazine. For $7.99 (US) get these five digital issues of the magazine: Issue 40 – Medicine in the Middle Ages How a 13th century surgeon treated brain injuries, and what Isidore of Seville wrote about medicine […]

Historical Oddity: The Birth of a Commonwealth in Medieval Iceland

Iceland is an odd place with an odd history. Despite being ranked among the wealthiest nations today, for much of its history it was left out of the growth and development of culture and technology throughout the Medieval period. It has never been a particularly hospitable environment for human habitation. Wind-blasted, cold, and rocky, it was an island left unsettled by humans long after it was discovered.

The Medieval Magazine: Manuscripts (Volume 2 Issue 29)

November is here! Manuscripts are leaping off the parchment and onto your screen, squirrels are suffering from leprosy, and we’ve got plenty of book reviews for your holiday season!

BOOK REVIEW: The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

October marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Author Teresa Cole’s latest book, The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England, looks at the events, key figures, and sources that brought Harold Godwinson (1022-1066) and William I (1028-1087) to this pivotal turning point in English history.

Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell: Book Tour and Giveaway!

This is an exciting week for book lovers at Medievalists.net. We’re hosting two book tours and giveaways! Today, we’re featuring author Samantha Morris’ Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell, and running an international contest to give away a copy of the book.

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

When I was younger, I thought that Roosevelt’s words meant that if we only have our own fear to fear, then there is nothing at all to be afraid of. Now, it seems clear to me that this means something very different…

Vote for Your Medieval Ruler!

Today is election day – your chance to choose which medieval monarch should be your ruler. Here are seven to pick from…

BOOK EXCERPT: King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England 1016 by W.B. Bartlett

The Viking Conquest of England in 1016, saw two great warriors, the Danish prince Cnut, and his equally ruthless English opponent, King Edmund Ironside fight an epic campaign.

The Medieval Magazine: Zombies! (Volume 2 Issue 28)

It’s our spooktastic Halloween issue! Ghosts, goblins and all manner of medieval things that go bump in the night!

Which Historical Figure Should You Be For Halloween?

Trick or Treat!

Buried Alive with an Undead Corpse! A Medieval Tale

A medieval tale from northern Europe tells the story of Asmund, who gets buried alive. His friend then rises from the dead!

BOOK REVIEW: Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles by Emma J. Wells

What was pilgrimage like in the Middle Ages? Do modern day routes faithfully retrace the steps of long ago pilgrims? How has pilgrimage changed over the course of hundreds of years? Tourist? Pilgrim? Or both? What is the meaning of pilgrimage today?

1390 AD: London in the Late Middle Ages

Last week, we spoke with Dr. Matthew Green about his new History of London course. This week, we take a peek into the first lecture of the series, a ‘teaser’ on Medieval London in 1390.

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