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The Cadaver Synod: Low Point in the History of the Papacy

The notorious Cadaver Synod, when one Pope put on trial the corpse of one of his predecessors. Perhaps the lowest point in the history of the Papacy, the story of this trial is as murky as it is strange.

Stay in a Medieval Castle in Ireland!

Are you a history lover looking for a unique experience? Become an authentic medieval “overknighter” at The Black Castle

Viking Bling: Five Fabulous Hoards

Humans are like magpies. Or maybe squirrels make for a better analogy. Either way, some of us like to collect stuff. The need to collect manifests itself as a hobby, affliction, or obsession depending on the person, however it usually has interesting results. One of those results is medieval hoards. These buried collections of shiny, […]

Cheat Sheet to the Medieval Henrys

Are you confused by all the medieval people named Henry? Cait Stevenson provides you this awesome guide!

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 12) : Medieval Nation

In this issue we tackle National Holidays and the development of Nations, manuscripts at the Getty, and look at courtly festivities and jousting in London. We’re also baking bread Viking style, taking a trip to Avignon, and joining the medieval navy!

Top 10 Most Brutal Medieval Deaths

When being broken on the wheel is not enough! Ten brutal ways to die from the Middle Ages.

The Medieval History of the Pantheon

One of the great landmarks of ancient Rome is the Pantheon. Built around the year 126 AD by emperor Hadrian, it initially served as a temple to all gods. However, in the Early Middle Ages the Pantheon would be repurposed.

Making Your Mark: Medieval Masons’ Marks at Tarascon

How do you operate a business when you can’t read and your knowledge of math is extremely limited? Making your mark on the dotted line (as they used to say) could seal the deal or in the Middle Ages, finalize your invoice at the end of the day’s work. On a recent visit to southern […]

How to Murder a Byzantine Emperor

Three tales of murder from the Byzantine court.

A Fortress Built of Salt

The mountains and hills of Spain are covered in many little towns. They are more than picturesque; so charming that they’re almost saccharine. In some of these little towns, which used to be great town centers in the medieval past, there are towering reminders of their previous glory. In the town of Cardona in Catalonia, […]

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 11) : London Strong

Features: Cool off and kick off summer with Swimming in the Middle Ages & 
Learn about the Valkyries in: The Women of Völsunga Saga
Exhibits: Illuminating Women in the Medieval World at the Getty
Books: Review of Everyday Life in Tudor London
Travel: Visiting SoCal’s Koroneburg Renaissance Festival

The Medieval History of Stonehenge

How was Stonehenge perceived in the Middle Ages? Was it simply abandoned to the passage of time?

New Medieval Books: Historical Fiction, Part 2

Five more new historical fiction novels…

Nine Things You Didn’t Know Were Medieval

From vegetarian meat substitutes to beach parties – find out what came from the Middle Ages!

Medieval Dog Tricks

Can your dog dig up rings, dance to music, or tell if a lady is pregnant? Find out what strange tricks dogs could perform in the Middle Ages.

New Medieval Books: Historical Fiction

Escape this summer to the Middle Ages with these five historical fiction novels…

Tips on being a good CEO from a medieval abbot

In many ways, Abbot Samson would resemble the Chief Executive Officer of a company – indeed, he was actually running a corporation that would have been worth tens of millions of pounds in today’s money

Pillaging Public Perceptions: Finding Your Career as a Medievalist

The story of how I made the jump from trained academic to designing coloring books

New Medieval Books: To be an artist or a warrior

This week’s look at five books about the Middle Ages

Medieval Tightrope Walking

Even in the Middle Ages one can find accounts of people doing death-defying stunts for our entertainment.

How Medieval Kings and Queens raised their children – an interview with Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris’ latest book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting looks at the unique challenges of being parents to princes and princesses.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 10) : The Great Famine

In this issue: The Great Famine – Food and Hunger in the 14th Century Feature: 10 Things to Know About the Great Famine Exhibits: Saints and Heroes: Looking at the Medieval in Chicago Books: Edward II: The Unconventional King Travel: Avignon’s Musée du Petit Palais And much, much more, all ad-free! Subscribe now to receive two issues every month, […]

New Medieval Books: Hocus pocus

We add a little magic to this week’s list of new books about the Middle Ages.

10 Medieval Royal Parents Whose Decisions Influence the Lives of Royal Children Today

From royal baby names to marrying for love – how five medieval English couples influence the lives of royal children today.

The Weird, the Wonderful, and the Macabre in the Cathedral of Narbonne

Narbonne is one of those European cities with evidence of its past on every street. This important Roman city was adopted in the Middle Ages, with multiple cases of re-use. One example includes the Roman subterranean grain storage chambers known as the Horreum used as medieval cellars. The Via Domitia, one of the main Roman […]

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