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Medieval monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Saint Elijah's Monastery photographed in 2005. It has now been completely destroyed by IS

Saint Elijah’s Monastery – the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, has been completely destroyed by forces from the Islamic State (IS), according to a report from the Associated Press.

DNA study reveals that the English are ‘one-third’ Anglo-Saxon

This triple burial from Oakington Cambridgeshire included metal and amber grave goods with continental European characteristics. DNA of ten samples from Oakington and from nearby sites were sequenced to reveal Anglo-Saxon immigration history in England. Photo by Duncan Sayer

‘This study, using whole-genome sequencing, allowed us to assign DNA ancestry at extremely high resolution and accurately estimate the Anglo-Saxon mixture fraction for each individual.’

The Viking Coloring Book – Kickstarter project gets funding

Image from the Viking Coloring Book project - courtesy Dayanna Knight

It took only three days for Dayanna Knight’s idea of creating a Viking Coloring Book to reach its funding goal of $3000 on Kickstarter.

10 Free Medieval Studies Online Courses you can take in 2016

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Here are ten free MOOCs (Massive open online courses) that you can enroll in during the first three months of 2016

New Online Course: The Middle Ages and the Modern World: Facts and Fiction

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2015 brought a lot of interesting opportunities for our Five-Minute Medievalist, Danièle Cybulskie, including the chance to use her expertise to create a new, fully online course on medievalism in collaboration with Conestoga College.

Call for Papers: Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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Opuscula is a new high-quality peer-reviewed, on-line journal/text-series published by Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and specializing in short texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Call for Papers: The Politics of Paper in the Early Modern World

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International Conference Groningen, The Netherlands ,9-10 June 2016

12th century castle discovered in England

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Archaeologists working in Gloucester have discovered the remains of a 12th-century castle. The find was made on the site of a former prison.

Manuscript fragments bear ‘striking resemblance to The Book of Kells’

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Fragments of a medieval manuscript hidden in the spine of a book for hundreds of years could shed new light on Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, The Book of Kells.

Early Medieval Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland: A Curator’s Perspective

Gundestrup Cauldron. Silver. Gundestrup, northern Denmark, 100 BC–AD 1. © The National Museum of Denmark.

Martin Golberg, Senior Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, travelled to the British Museum to give audiences perspective on the various pieces in the exhibit as well as an introduction to what constitutes “Celtic” art.

Medieval Oslo recreated on Minecraft

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A new Youtube video is showing the results of a project by history students at the University of Oslo where they recreate how a city looked in the Middle Ages. ‘Oslo recreated to year 1300′ was made by undergraduates taking part in the university’s Oslo in the Middle Ages course under John McNicol. The project involved […]

I’ll Eat My Hat If It’s Richard: Dr. Turi King on the Impact of the Richard III Project

Dr. Turi King giving her talk on the discovery of Richard III at the 'Making the Medieval Relevant' conference

Turi King discusses some of the more humorous circumstances surrounding Richard III’s discovery, the science behind the dig, and the media onslaught that ensued.

Is Ashgate Publishing about to close?

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With Ashgate Publishing’s American office closing this week, and its British office rumoured to do the same next month, it seems that days are numbered for one of the most important publisher’s in the field of medieval studies.

Free Online course – Exploring English: Magna Carta

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The British Council and FutureLearn are teaming up to offer a free online course on Magna Carta aimed at non-native English speakers. The course, Exploring English: Magna Carta, begins next week.

The Struggle is Real: Where are the Medieval Economists?!

Dr. Daniel Curtis presenting his talk at, "Making the Medieval Relevant" at the University of Nottingham.

Another fascinating paper from “Making the Medieval Relevant” was given by Daniel Curtis, a specialist in Social and Economic History, and a professor at the University of Utrecht.

Video shows the reconstruction of an Early Medieval Turf House

Photo by Frans de Vries / University of Groningen

This time-lapse video shows the reconstruction of an early medieval turf house in the northern Dutch town of Firdgum.

Christmas market coming to York’s Barley Hall

York’s Barley Hall decorated for their Festive Medieval Market, which runs 26th to 29th November. Photo courtesy York Archaeological Trust

If you are interested in a Christmas market with a medieval flavour, Barley Hall in York will be the place to go later this month, as they are organising a festive shopping treat stocked full of unique gifts.

Call for Papers: International Society of Medievalism Annual Conference

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The next annual conference of the International Society of Medievalism will take place at Bamberg University and is scheduled to take place 18-20 July 2016.

Yale University acquires ‘treasure trove’ of medieval manuscripts

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Otto F. Ege, an Ohio-based scholar and book dealer, made a controversial practice of dismantling medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and selling the individual leaves for profit during the first half of the last century.

Why Tolkien’s Beowulf is an ‘amazing book but a terrible translation’

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In the spring of 2014 a translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was published. Last week, Andy Orchard, one of the leading scholars of Old English, offered his thoughts about the book and revealed that he will be writing his own translation of the famous medieval poem.

1,000 year old silver treasure hoard discovered in Denmark

Coins discovered on the Danish island of Omø - photo courtesy Museum Vestsjælland

Over 550 silver items have been discovered on the Danish island of Omø. The hoard is believed to date from around the reign of Sweyn Forkbeard (986–1014) and includes coins and pieces of jewellery.

Free Online Course on Medieval Music Begins today

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The University of Basel and Future Learn have teamed up to offer a seven week free online course that will teach the history of musical notation in the Middle Ages, and show you how to decode medieval music manuscripts.

Agincourt 600 Celebrated with Pomp and Pageantry at Westminster Abbey

Diana Heath, Metalwork Conservator lays Henry V's sword on the High Altar at Westminster Abbey. Photo courtesy of Dean & Chapter of Westminster.

600 years ago, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out as word arrived in London that Henry V had defeated the French in Agincourt. 600 years later to the very day, the bells pealed out again to commemorate a medieval battle where the English were vastly outnumbered but still came home victorious.

Medieval Monastic Library to be recreated online

Durham Priory Library Recreated project

Durham University and Durham Cathedral have teamed to digitally recreate a medieval monastic library.

John Gower’s Handwriting identified

British Library, Add. MS 59495, fol. 39v. - image from the International John Gower Society

John Gower, considered to be one of the greatest poets of medieval England, left behind several remarkable works. A scholar has now been able to identify poems that were written by his own hand, including a poignant piece about how he was going blind.

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