Cultural Exchange in the Languages and Literatures of Medieval Spain

Spanish crest from Valencia. Photo by Medievalists.net

Professor David Wacks’s fascinating discussion of the Iberian Peninsula and it’s incredible linguistic heritage.

The Silk Roads: Questioning the Eurocentric View of History

The Silk Roads

Dr Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. During this lecture he will talk about his best selling book The Silk Roads.

Amorous encounters in Medieval French chess

Amorous encounters in Medieval French chess

The question I want to look at today is how chess is used in presenting these questions of love, of the amorous encounter, of the meeting between two people and the potential for feelings the might result from it.

Medieval Universities: Privileged, Distinctive and Embedded

medieval university teaching

This lecture will introduce medieval universities from their beginnings in England, France and Italy and on to the Renaissance

Functions of Chess in Medieval French Literature

Functions of Chess in Medieval French Literature

Edward Mills examines the functions of the game of chess in medieval French literary culture.

Magna Carta, the Rule of Law, and the Limits on Government

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

This paper surveys the legal tradition that links Magna Carta with the modern concepts of the rule of law and the limits on government.

A Tale of too Many Romes: Competing Byzantine and Medieval Claims to Roman Legacy

Map of the Roman Empire, by John Speed

Likewise in the Middle Ages, Rome’s legacy was contested among many powers and interested parties. The eastern (Byzantine) and western (German) emperors insisted that each was the sole legitimate owner of the title ‘Emperor of the Romans.’

The Seafarers’ Saint: Medieval Representations of St Nicholas in the North Sea Area

Ragnhild Bo

The cult of St Nicholas was spread in Scandinavia in the last decades of the 11th and the first decades of the 12th centuries. Because the medieval cult of saints was not limited to the liturgy of the saints themselves, but was a wider social phenomenon.

Great Wonders: The Great Walls of China

Great Walls of China

This talk will examine these Great Chinese Walls from the perspectives of their contemporary and later observers, foreign and Chinese, advocates and critics.

Genghis Khan: Barbarian Conqueror or Harbinger of Democracy

Morris Rossabi

The world has generally viewed Genghis Khan as a barbaric conqueror whose troops raped and murdered hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people and pillaged and often destroyed villages, towns, and cities throughout Asia and Europe. However, several popular writers have recently portrayed him as an advocate of democracy, international law, and women’s rights.

Western Balts in the 10/11th – first half of the 13th centuries: After the Vikings and just before the Crusades

Roman Shiroukhov

The questions of trans-regional contacts in the area of South-Eastern Baltic, comparative analysis of the statistical data of the Western Balts ornaments, arms, horse harness, ceramics, different tools and imported goods with some general features of burial rite, cemeteries based on social structure, contact zones and trade routes are described in the study.

Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in Middle English

Angelic Demons: Witchcraft and Sorcery in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

Watch and listen to parts of The Canterbury Tales read in Middle English

Messages in Stone: Runic Carvings in North America and Oklahoma

tedx runes talk

More than 6,000 Runes are found worldwide, and present a history of Scandinavian life and exploration in the Medieval Age. This TedX lecture explores scholarly efforts to determine the authenticity of North American and Oklahoman stones, and popular television entertainment programs and corporate efforts to capitalize on a different story line.

Living by the Sea: Women, Work, and Family in Maritime Communities in Medieval England

Maryanne Kowaleski Living by the Sea

I want to focus on how we can gender female the maritime world of ships, waterfronts, and coastal communities– a world that scholars have largely populated with adult males– focusing on four questions.

The World’s Earliest Dated Tide Mill

Nendrum, Mahee Island. Photo by Rowan McLaughlin

Thomas McErlean discusses the story of the discovery the earliest mill in Ireland and the earliest presently known example of a tide mill in the world.

Top 10 Medieval Videos of 2015

top 10 medieval videos 2015

There are millions of videos about the Middle Ages being made each year – which ones are the best? We looked for ones that were interesting, educational and beautifully-filmed, and here is our top 10 list

The Supersizers Eat… Medieval

supersizers eat medieval

The Supersizers Eat… was a BBC television series about the history of food. Starring restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins, they produced a dozen episodes experiencing the food culture from ancient Rome to the roaring twenties.

Power and Politics at the time of King Harald Bluetooth, Denmark

Runeside of Harald Bluetooth's great Jelling stone at the church in Jelling, Denmark - Photo by  Jürgen Howaldt

He was the Harald that won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made pagans Christian, and that is fairly easy to read, but what did he exactly say? What does it meant when he says he won for himself all of Denmark?

Heirs of Genghis Khan

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It all begin in the year 1190 when Genghis Khan managed to bring together the different nomadic tribes of Mongolia in a single, powerful army of 200,000 men.

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago): The Temple of the Stars

compostella

A documentary about the famous pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages

If Books Could Talk: Medieval Manuscripts in Iowa

iowa medieval manuscripts

The paper, bindings, bookplates, repairs, stains, handwritten notes, stamps and markings all leave traces that give clues to how they were made, where they have been, and can even tell about the lives of the people who have read them. We’re finding clues and following up with research to find out more.

The Sick and The Dead: Medieval Concepts of Illness and Spinal Disability

christina lee talk

There is an often erroneous idea that past societies were a) very sick, and b) didn’t care about the sick. This as I want to show is not the case. I will show examples of illness, but I also want to show that ideas of what is sick and what needs healing are not the same as our own.

Book Talk: Ivory Vikings, by Nancy Marie Brown

Ivory Vikings

Nancy Marie Brown speaking on her new book Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them, at Cornell University on October 15, 2015

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