The Experience of Growing Up in Medieval Society

Medieval Children - Omne Bonum - Royal 6 E.VII, f.67v (det). Wiki Commons.

This session (#508) was one of several at Leeds devoted to exploring childhood in the Middle Ages. Our presenters talked about the stereotypes of adolescence, and what the coroner’s rolls revealed about the deaths (and lives) of medieval children.

Medievalist helps scientists rewrite climate records

Eruption of the Etna volcano, March 2 1669, seen from the east with Catania

In a paper published in the world-leading scientific journal, Nature, Dr Conor Kostick’s research into medieval evidence for climate events has allowed scientists to pinpoint the exact relationship between historical volcanic activity and severe winters.

New App: Prosperity – Italy 1434

prosperity

Looking for a new game to get you back to the Middle Ages? Prosperity – Italy 1434, based on factual characters and events, and which allows you to get involved in alliances, assassins, corruption and battles, is now available for Android as well as IOS users.

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 4

IMC Day 4

It’s the final day at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds – here is what people are tweeting about…

Explaining Extreme Weather in the Middle Ages

Halleys comet 1456

What was causing extreme weather in the Middle Ages? A medieval historian is starting to examine how chroniclers and writers from this period were turning to the night sky to better understand and perhaps prevent natural disasters.

The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015

medieval twitter roundtable

The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds hosted the session The Twitterati: Using Twitter in Medieval Scholarship and Pedagogy – A Round Table Discussion. Over 300 tweets went out during talk, and here are some of the best. [View the story “The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015 ” on Storify]  

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 3

IMC Day 3

It is Wednesday at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds – here is what people are tweeting about!

The Afterlife of the Dead: Reform in Attitude Towards Medieval Burials, Corpses and Bones

Rothwell Charnel Chapel. Photo courtesy of ITV.

The International Medieval Congress is taking place at the University of Leeds, I’m on hand this week to report on the conference. This blog post reports on my first session.

Laser scanning and 3D Printing used to recreate Michelangelo’s bronzes

Statue scan by WMG/University of Warwick

A team of researchers have been working together to try to understand how the two mysterious Renaissance bronzes were made and why they look the way they do by making accurate replicas of the originals.

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 2

congress day 2

Here is what medievalists are tweeting about on the second day of the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

The Public Medievalist: What it Means for Medievalists to be Public Intellectuals Today

medieval crowd

Covering the conversation on Twitter during the Public Medievalist Roundtable session at the International Medieval Congress.

Avalanches in the Middle Ages

Avalanches in the Middle Ages - photo by Scientif38/ Wikicommons

One of the dangers a medieval traveller might face when crossing through mountainous terrain is the threat of avalanches.

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.

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