BOOK REVIEW: Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount

Medieval Medicine by Toni Mount

Our review of Toni Mount’s fascinating look at medicine in the Middle Ages in – Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount.

The Medieval Magazine: Medieval Astrology (Volume 2 Issue 14)

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This week’s issue explores a 15th century astrological text and the practical advice it gives. Read also about cats, Seljuqs, King Arthur, Dante and Viking runestones.

What are the ‘Perilous Days’ of the Year?

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Are you wondering which days it might be best not to get out of bed? In the Middle Ages they wondered that as well, and made use of astrology and signs from the heavens to help them figure this out. A helpful writer from the 15th century even made a list of ‘Perilous Days’

The Cathedral and the City

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Another fantastic talk. Professor Caroline Bruzelius talks to us about medieval art, architecture, and the role of the cathedral in Medieval society.

When Bread Grew on Trees

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Medieval people ate a lot of bread. A lot. They ate pounds of bread every day, and even used it as plates – or trenchers – which sounds both practical and delicious (although trencher bread was usually stale).

The Medieval Magazine: How to Create Your Own Medieval Costume (Volume 2 Issue 13)

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This week’s issue gives you thrifty advice on looking medieval, and explores the Spanish city of Valencia. Plus, Æthelred the Unready, Vikings, Monastic Gardens and the British Museum.

How Well Do You Know The History of Westeros?

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You win or you die.

Royalit: What Did Medieval Kings Read?

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The @5MinMedievalist, Danièle Cybulskie,

Could You Pass Westeros 101?

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Valar Dohaeris! We shall see!

Can You Identify These Medieval Weapons By Name?

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Do you know the names of each of these different weapons?

The Medieval Magazine: Game of Thrones (Volume 2 Issue 12)

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As a new season of Game of Thrones is set to begin, we take a look at the influence of the Middle Ages on the works by George R.R. Martin.

The Dead in 3D: The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project Online!

Rothwell Charnel Chapel skulls. (Photo by Medievalists.net)

In the past seven months, the Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project has evolved to become more than just a research and preservation project, but has morphed into a virtual exhibit, and fascinating online learning resource that will be available globally.

The Healing Power of a Garden – A Medieval View

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When it came to healthy living, medieval people were careful on what they ate. It was commonly believed that foods could offer good (and not-so-good) consequences to the body, but it was hard to remember what ailments a certain food could cure. In steps Henry of Huntingdon to offer us a poetic guide to the healthy and medicinal qualities of what you can find in a garden.

The Ruin: The Past Dreaming of the Past

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge, Condado de Wiltshire, Inglaterra, August 12, 2014 (Wikipedia).

Danièle Cybulskie, the @5minMedievalist brings us a piece on Anglo-Saxon poetry.

Lost Works of the Middle Ages

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Only a small fraction of the writings created in the Middle Ages have survived to the present day. Throughout the medieval period manuscripts would be destroyed or recycled, and in more recent centuries this process only worsened as fires, theft and neglect led to more losses. Many great works from the Middle Ages have been lost, with little hope that any copies survive. Here are five lost works that we would love to see again.

Conference Round-Up: Sowing the Seeds V: Measuring the Medieval Economy

The Money Changer and his Wife (1490).

On March 31st, I attended the fifth annual Sowing the Seeds: Measuring the Medieval Economy conference at Cambridge University, organised by Jordan Claridge and Alex Brown. It was a full day of discussion about the current research beng done in medieval economics, and a look ahead to the future.

A Journey to the Far North in the Ninth Century

Detail of a map of Scandinavia, created by Abraham Ortelius in the 16th century

The name Ohthere does not usually rank among the great explorers of the Middle Ages, such as Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. However, his exploits are very impressive, for he would sail into Arctic Circle over eleven hundred years ago.

Five Favourite Middle English Romances

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Arthur's Tomb: The Last Meeting of Lancelot and Guinevere (1860).

Danièle Cybulskie, the 5MinMedievalist, shares her five favourite Middle English romances – what are yours?

Medieval Falconry: Birds and Lovebirds

Medieval falconry. Falconers with horse from, 'De arte venandi cum avibus', 1240-1250 – Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II wrote a treatise on, 'The Art of Hunting with Birds'

The 5MinMedievalist talks to us about the popular medieval sport of falconry!

The Medieval Story of Jesus’ Prison Cell

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Today it is one of the quieter corners of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but hundreds of years ago the ‘Prison of Christ’ was one of the must-see spots for medieval Christian pilgrims.

Interview: Michael H. Roffer, author of The Law Book

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The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law, by Michael H. Roffer, explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad.

BOOK TOUR: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Books: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Today we’re hosting Kristie Dean’s “On the Trail of the Yorks” book tour, featuring Anne of Exeter.

Why Medieval Torture Devices are Not Medieval

The Iron Maiden of Nuremberg - this artefact was destroyed during the Second World War, but by then historians knew it was a fake.

When many people think about the Middle Ages they see it as a time when people were tortured by a wide collection of diabolical instruments. Whether it is the Pear of Anguish or the Iron Maiden, these torture devices are portrayed as medieval. The reality, however, is that many of these devices never existed in the Middle Ages.

Who wrote this medieval literary classic?

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Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works? See also: 10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages

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