Here is MaryAnn R. Adams’ winning advice on how to deal with Norse kings.
One of the great villains in Gregory of Tours’ The History of the Franks is Fredegund. The sixth-century Merovingian queen was responsible, according to Gregory, for a lengthy list of murders and attempt assassinations, including against her own family members. She even murdered those men who failed to carry out her assassinations.
Making the Medieval Relevant: Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Studies on Disease and Disability
In this issue we cover a conference held this past weekend at the University of Nottingham on Making the Medieval Relevant, which explores the ways medievalists are connecting with the humanities and sciences. You can also read about art being restored in Bethlehem, the Battle of Morgarten (which took place 700 years ago this week), how to defraud your lord on the medieval manor, and more.
Medieval medicine has often been portrayed as a time when physicians were ignorant and health care remained the stuff of superstitions and quackery. However, a closer look reveals that were many ways in which medical knowledge and care improved during the Middle Ages. Here are our top ten medical advances