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Escaping the Mongols: A Survivor’s Account from the 13th century

In the year 1241, a Mongol army invaded eastern Europe, ravaging Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Romania.

The Battle of Culloden in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Part 2: The Battle and Aftermath

This lady’s story is one of courage and Jacobite patriotism; without her, the Prince may never succeed in making his voyage to Skye, which inspired the folk song quoted in the beginning.

The Battle of Culloden in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Part 1: Prelude

When day dawned on April 16th, 1746, what would be the final pitched battle on the British soil took place on the field of Culloden near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

The Women around an Emperor: Mary of Burgundy

In the first in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Mary of Burgundy.

Is it medieval or mediaeval?

Why do we have these two spellings, and why has medieval become more popular?

New Medieval Books: The Anglo-Saxon World

Here are five (plus one) new books about Anglo-Saxon England.

How the parrot tricked the knight

In the following story from the late twelfth-century, Alexander Neckham describes how deceitful parrots could be.

Which Medieval Battle Role Would You Be Given?

This test allows you to discover which role on a medieval battlefield you would be given.

Not All Fun and Games: The Dangers of the Medieval Tournament

The tournament, with all its elements of theatre and spectacle, was the ideal showground for martial skill, chivalric values, and medieval masculinity. But, behind the glamour, was a dangerous sport that often involved life or death circumstances.

Medieval Castle for Sale in Italy: Torre di Fiume

Located on the border of Tuscany and Umbria, this eleventh-century castle has recently been restored.

Must-see objects at the Bodleian Treasures

This exhibition contains 21 pairs of carefully selected items. Most of these are manuscripts, but there are also a few other objects; together, they feature some of the Bodleian Libraries’ best collections.

The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 3: No. 20): Issue 103: New Year

A behind the scenes look at the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibit, book suggestions for your 2018 Reading List, a closer look at the meaning of the Grail, a troubadour’s famous manuscript, a look at a new Tudor planner, and a review of King John.

New Year, New You: Early Modern Style

While many people may be making new year’s resolutions to get fitter in 2018, Natalie Anderson takes a look at the early modern obsession with achieving the same goal hundreds of years ago.

Medieval Manuscripts: Epiphany in The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany is undoubtedly a masterpiece of French painting, as is fitting for a manuscript intended for someone who was twice queen of France: with Charles VIII and then Louis XII.

New Medieval Books: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Celebrating the New Year by taking a look at these five new books on the Middle Ages.

Medieval Manuscripts: The Massacre of the Innocents and Flight into Egypt in the Bible moralisée of Naples

Taking a look at how the 14th century Bible moralisée of Naples portrays two episodes of Jesus’ life after his birth.

M.R. James: The Medievalist that Turned Ghost Storyteller

As a scholar in Medieval Studies M. R. James published countless works on medieval manuscripts and church history, but, perhaps most of all to his surprise, he is better known today for his ghost stories.

The Best Medieval Film: The Case for A Knight’s Tale

Making a medieval movie is a difficult task. Natalie Anderson discusses why, in her opinion, one of the best films set during the Middle Ages is 2001’s A Knight’s Tale.

Medieval Manuscripts: Illustrating the Nativity Scene at the end of the 15th century

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême was commissioned c. 1485 by the Count of Angoulême, and is undeniably Robinet Testard’s most personal work. Around the same time (c. 1500), in England, the illuminator Jean Poyer finished his masterpiece, The Hours of Henry VIII.

New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Five new books, spanning from Egypt at the beginning of the Middle Ages, to Italy at the end.

Will the Real Guinevere Please Stand Up?

If you’ve ever watched soap operas chances are good you’re familiar with the trope of the evil twin. But did you know it extends even into Arthurian legend?

Quiz: Ancient and Medieval Theatre

Can you answer these 43 questions about the history of the theatre, from the ancient Greeks to the end of the Middle Ages?

What Happens to a Widow Who’s Un-Widowed?

By Danièle Cybulskie One thing that can definitely be said for the modern age is that it is much, much easier to communicate. Now, it’s expected for people to check in with each other on a regular basis, after doing anything remotely dangerous, and after disaster strikes. In the Middle Ages, it was often a […]

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