Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

With a Bended Bow: An Interview with Erik Roth

with bended bow

Erik Roth presents a comprehensive examination of the archer and his weapon in a time when archery was both economically and militarily vital to the security of England, based on the study of mediaeval writings and period artefacts.

Discovering Medieval Graffiti: An Interview with Matthew Champion

medieval graffiti book

We found demons, faces, hand outlines, names, dates and prayers – just about every type of graffiti you can imagine.

Medieval Medicine and Modern Science: An Interview with Freya Harrison

Petri dish - photo by Umberto Salvagnin / Flickr

We talk about this project’s collaboration, the potential of medieval medicines, and her reaction to all the attention her research has generated.

Interview: Ben Miles on playing Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall - Photo by Johan Persson

Was there ever a time that Thomas Cromwell, lord privy seal of England in the reign of Henry VIII, was not front and center in the culture?

How a 13th-century royal chapel influenced the history of France

La Crypte de la Sainte Chapelle - photo Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P./ Flickr

UCLA art historian Meredith Cohen and her fascination with the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Interview with Sherry Jones – The Sharp Hook of Love

The Sharp Hook of Love

I try to tell whatever story I’m telling with struck adherence to the known facts and as faithfully to the era — its culture, mores, values, etc. — as I can be without having been there. However, I also recognize that history is its own form of fiction

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with SD Sykes about Plague Land

Burial of plague victims - The Black Death

My interview with fiction author, SD Sykes about her fantastic medieval crime novel, Plague Land.

Why Study Heresy in the Later Middle Ages?

Rob Lutton

An interview of Dr. Rob Lutton by Tom O’Loughlin for the University of Nottingham’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies

How to study St. Thomas Aquinas: An interview with Therese Scarpelli Cory

Thomas Aquinas by Fra Bartolommeo

He’s not the kind of thinker who wants to complicate things or show off his brilliance—he just wants to make sense of the world the best he can, within the limitations of the human mind.

Medieval Sports: An interview with John Marshall Carter

Medieval Sports: scene of two men playing a hockey-type game.  Royal 10 E.IV, f.95 (det)

Sometimes there was fine line between sports and pastimes in the middle ages. I believe that where you find sports records you can conclude that medieval people had a fairly well-developed concept of sporting competition.

Medieval Friends: Meet the Historical Honeys!

Historical Honey

We’re running a new regular feature to showcase history websites, called “Medieval Friends”. We want to encourage and invite those of you who are passionate about history to share a little about your websites and yourselves.

Medieval Geopolitics: An interview with Andrew Latham

Map of Europe from the late 16th century

Was there such a thing as International Relations in the Middle Ages?

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert, author of God’s Daughter

heather day gilbert

I want them to reach a large audience–in particular, an audience interested in Viking history. I guess I wanted to bring Viking history into people’s lives in a memorable way, sort of like Marian Zimmer Bradley brought King Arthur to life with The Mists of Avalon.

Interview with Dana Cushing, on De Itinere Navali

third crusade book

The other interesting story is the manuscript’s survival itself – it was nearly destroyed three times in the past two hundred years alone! Who knows how many narrow escapes it had just from war, fire, neglect, ignorance, and so forth before that?

Interview with Matthew Johnson on medieval castles and archaeology

matthew johnson

That being said, the endless fascination with landscape archaeology is the way the little details of the landscape reward very careful observation and dissection. I love walking through the landscape and trying to understand what I am looking at, fitting it into a bigger picture. 

INTERVIEW: Author Tinney Sue Heath

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In late July, I posted a book review on, “A Thing Done”, by Tinney Sue Heath. The book explores the fantastic world of Italian medieval vendetta during the thirteenth century. Here is my interview with this talented and accomplished author.

Interview with Damien Kempf on Robert the Monk’s Historia Iherosolimitana

Robert the Monk's Historia Iherosolimitana

Damien Kempf, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool, has recently completed with Marcus Bull The Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk, the first critical edition of this important text since the 1860s.

Interview with author Isolde Martyn

Isolde Martyn

Isolde Martyn is best-selling author of historical fiction, much of it centred on the Wars of the Roses.

Interview with Tamas Kiss of CEU Medieval Radio

CEU Medieval Radio

CEU Medieval Radio is currently the only medieval themed radio on the internet which plays only authentic medieval and renaissance music from the Iberian Peninsula to the Ottoman Empire.

Interview with Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper

Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper, with a student

The Fairytale Keeper series answer the question: what if all Grimm’s fairy tales originated with one person?

Interview with Jeri Westerson, author

Jeri Westerson

I took the tropes of your typical hard-boiled detective series—the lone detective with a chip on his shoulder–who is hard drinking, tough-talking, tough fighting character–the dark streets and dark doings of crime and subculture of criminals and intrigue, the femme fatale—and let them slide into the medieval era.

INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

“Kid Beowulf” – A New Graphic Novel for Kids!

Kid Beowulf

I had the chance to interview graphic novelist Alexis Fajardo about his new children’s comic book Kid Beowulf!

John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame

John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame

Read our interview with Mary C. Flannery about her new book

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