Dr Miranda Griffin, College Lecturer in medieval French literature, provides a fascinating investigation of medieval tales of transformation, exploring the way in which the Middle Ages imagined the frontiers between the human and the animal.
In Our Time: The Medieval University BBC Radio 4 First Broadcast March 2011 In the 11th and 12th centuries a new type of institution started to appear in the major cities of Europe. The first universities were those of Bologna and Paris; within a hundred years similar educational organisations were springing up all over the […]
Amor vs. Roma: Cathars and the Birth of the Inquisition From the CBC Radio series Ideas, this 2-part show examines the rise and fall of the Cathars, medieval Christians who were pacifist, ecstatic, feminist, and contrary to the Catholic Church of thirteenth century France. They were exterminated in a classic crusade and Inquisition, invented to […]
From the BBC Radio programme: In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of Bannockburn. On June 23rd 1314, Scottish forces under their king Robert the Bruce confronted a larger army commanded by the English monarch Edward II at Bannockburn. It was the culmination of a war of independence which had been going […]
Fighting for the Cross: Crusading to the Holy Land By Norman Housley Yale University Press, 2008 ISBN: 9780300118889 Publisher’s Synopsis: In a series of massive military undertakings that stretched from 1095 to 1291, Christendom’s armies won, defended, and lost the sacred sites of the Holy Land. Many books have been written about the Crusades, but until […]
Written a thousand years ago by Murasaki Shikibu, a 30 year-old lady in waiting of the 11th century Japanese Heian Court, The Tale of Genji is considered the world’s first novel. It’s a story of politics and intrigue, of sexual conquests, frustrated love and jealousy, of the relationship between art and nature, and of the […]
The Wars of the Roses is one of the most important events of late medieval English history. Lasting from 1455 to 1485, it was series of civil wars for the throne of England, fought between supporters of two rival families: the houses of Lancaster and York. A series of six podcasts has been produced by […]
Woman’s Hour is a radio magazine programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It has been running since 1946 and consists of reports, interviews and debates on a wide variety of topics ostensibly aimed at women and mothers. Over the years the show has had segments related to medieval history, including: Medieval Golden Age – The […]
The Long View is a radio programme aired on BBC Radio 4 that examines present day events from a historical perspective. Some of the earlier programmes can still be heard through the BBC website, including four episodes that deal with medieval history: Thomas Beckett and Church and State From 2002: The delicate relationship between Church […]
The National Archives of the United Kingdom have been developing a series of podcasts about British history since 2006, covering all areas of history including the Middle Ages. The podcasts focus on the records held at the National Archives and how these records can be used by historians and the general public. Click here to […]
Medieval scholar Albrecht Classen exposes the chastity belt as a popular myth that proliferated in the 19th century. After reviewing the evidence of the existence of the chastity belt, he found that scant research had been carried out, and that the chastity belt was a byproduct of the 19th-century fascination with instruments of torture from medieval times.
Ethnogenesis: A Contested Model of Early Medieval Europe Audio podcast given at Macquarie University (February 2007) Length: 20 minutes This podcast is a discussion between Professor Felice Lifshitz, History Compass’ medieval Europe editor, and Dr Andrew Gillett, a published History Compass author. They examine Dr Gillet’s published essay, ‘Ethnogenesis: A Contested Model of Early Medieval […]