2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 1

2015 IMC - Day 1

The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds has begun, and the medievalists on Twitter are keeping busy.

UNESCO adds medieval sites to World Heritage List

Palatine Chapel Palermo - photo by Fintan Corrigan of http://friendly-hotels.com

Medieval sites in Sicily, Korea and Turkey were among those selected to be added to UNESCO World Heritage list this week. During meetings held at Bonn, Germany, over 20 sites from around the world were added to the list, which now stands at over 1,000 landmarks and areas.

Medievalists come to Leeds for IMC

international medieval congress leeds

The International Medieval Congress begins on Monday at the University of Leeds, drawing in over 2400 medievalists from from 46 countries around the world. The four-day conference is Europe’s largest annual gathering in humanities.

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.

Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem

Remains of a Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem. Photo by Skyview Company, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of a Byzantine church and road station just west of Jerusalem. The site is believed to be about 1500 years old.

Wales marks 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

Raglan Castle - photo courtesy Cadw

The Welsh Government is highlighting the important role the country played in this historic event in honour of its 600th anniversary.

Holt Castle in Wales reopens

Holt Castle in 2007, before restoration - photo by Peter Craine / Wikimedia Commons

Holt Castle, near Wrexham in northern Wales, was re-opened last week after the completion of a four year restoration project.

Single Genetic change created the medieval plague, researchers find

Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible (1411)

Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that caused Justinian’s Plague and the Black Death, was once only able to cause a mild gastrointestinal infection. However, researchers have found that a single genetic change to bacteria turned into one of the deadliest diseases in human history.

JORVIK Medieval Festival to take place this August

Jorvik Medieval Festival

27 venues, an army of experts, re-enactors and interpreters and nearly 1000 years of history will feature in this year’s blockbuster JORVIK Medieval Festival, taking place throughout August at venues from York’s city bars and Hornsea’s St Nicholas church, to Knaresborough Castle and Selby Abbey.

‘The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn’ tapestries unveiled at Stirling Castle

The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn

A 14 year project to recreate the lost tapestries of James V has been completed at Stirling Castle.

Who actually died at the Battle of Crecy?

Edward III counting the dead on the battlefield of Crécy

This battle, fought on August 26, 1346, was one of the most important victories for England during the Hundred Years War. New research about the battle has revealed how much confusion existed about who actually died during the battle.

Early Christian Mosaic Floor discovered in Nazareth

mosaic floor nazareth

Mosaic floor found under the Church of the Annunciation is believed to date to the fourth century.

Staffordshire Hoard Inspires Contemporary Jewellery Collection

Staffordshire Hoard Jewellery - students Natalia Antunvity, Ching-I Chein, Mahroz Mirzahekmati - photo courtesy Birmingham Museums

The medieval treasures that came from the Staffordshire Hoard collection have been used as inspiration by students in Birmingham to create unique contemporary jewellery.

Who were the scribes that wrote Magna Carta?

The opening lines of Lincoln Cathedral's copy of the 1215 Magna Carta

It is a conundrum that has puzzled scholars for centuries, but now experts from the Magna Carta Project have established the scribe of at least one and possibly two of the original Magna Cartas of 1215.

Censorship and freedom of speech make the list for ‘Magna Carta for the digital age’

"Visual minutes" by Sandra Howgate, created for Magna Carta: My Digital Rights with the help of Year 9 girls from Maria Fidelis School at the Web We Want Festival, hosted by the Southbank Centre -- Photo courtesy British Library

Today the British Library reveals the top 10 clauses that could be included in a ‘Magna Carta for the digital age’. The top clauses have been selected by over 30,000 voters who have visited the site and chosen their favourites from over 500 clauses published on the site a week ago.

Unique digital platform to explore Magna Carta through art

1215 today website

The 1215.today project launched at Lincoln Castle yesterday on the eve of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the ‘Great Charter’.

Free online course on Magna Carta begins today

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

A six-week online course begins today that will teach the history of one England’s most medieval important documents.

The Vikings in Chicago

Danielle scores perfect!  - photo by Danielle Trynoski

Danielle Trynoski visits the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, to see the new Vikings exhibition, which is on display until October 4, 2015

Mapping a New View of the Medieval World

Classic KMMS world map, with South on top, “Ṣūrat al-Arḍ” (Picture of the World), from an abbreviated copy of al-Iṣṭakhrī’s “Kitāb al-masālik wa-al-mamālik” (Book of Routes and Realms). 589/1193. Mediterranean. Gouache and ink on paper. Diameter 37.5 cm. Courtesy: Leiden University Libraries. Cod. Or. 3101, fols. 4b–5a.

Maps do more than show us the way and identify major landmarks – rivers, towns, roads and hills. For centuries, they also offered a perspective on how societies viewed themselves in comparison to the rest of the world.

Magna Carta and Canada

Magna Carta and Canada

Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in English history, turns 800 years old this month. It’s importance goes far beyond the British Isles, including to Canada, where a new book and exhibition are highlighting the impact the medieval charter made on the country.

Remains of a Medieval Building Discovered in Lincoln

medieval wall lincoln - photo courtesy Lincolnshire County Council

Construction workers in the English city of Lincoln have discovered a medieval wall, which is believed to have been part of a 12th-century house or shop

What would the Magna Carta look like if it were written for the digital age?

Magna Carta for the digital age

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the British Library has created the Magna Carta: My Digital Rights project to examine what people think about in the issues of freedom and control in the digital age. The public can vote on their favourite clauses and on Monday 15 June, Magna Carta Day, the library will publish the results in the form of a ‘Magna Carta for the digital age’.

A Face from Anglo-Saxon England

anglo saxon face - photo courtesy Lincolnshire County Council

The face of a man who lived nearly a thousand years ago in Anglo-Saxon England has been recreated by experts from the University of Dundee.

Medieval poaching site discovered in England

medieval deer hunting scene - British Library Egerton 1146   f. 5v

Archaeologists working in northern England have uncovered a stone-lined cess pit that was filled with dozens of bones from deer. The evidence suggests that they were dumped here by poachers.

Viking raids were for more than just money, historian says

Vale of York Hoard - Carolingian Cup -  photo by vintagedept / Wikipedia

In his article, ‘What really caused the Viking Age? The social content of raiding and exploration’, Steven P. Ashby, a medieval archaeologist and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, outlines the many factors that would have prompted Norsemen – both the elites and the regular men – to conduct their raids across Europe.

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