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


A documentary about the famous pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages

If Books Could Talk: Medieval Manuscripts in Iowa

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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

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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

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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

England’s Immigrants 1330-1550: Resident Aliens in the Later Middle Ages

Bart Lambert

Paper by Bart Lambert given at Medieval and Early Modern Records Seminar held in Leeds, on August 2, 2014

Animated Epics: The Canterbury Tales

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A 1998 animated version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Medieval Animation: The Founding of Lithuania’s capital Vilnius

Medieval Animation

Created in 1990 by the Lithuanian Animated Film Studio, this film tells the mythological tale of the founding of Medieval Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

Walk this Way: Two Journeys to Jerusalem in the Fifteenth Century

Depiction of Jerusalem in the 15th century, by Hartmann Schedel

This paper appraises place pilgrimage to Jerusalem in two late-medieval English texts: The Itineraries of William Wey and The Book of Margery Kempe.

Agincourt 1415 – 2015

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Anne Curry talks about the myths and history of the Battle of Agincourt

Agincourt 1415: The Battle

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What you haven’t got is an ordered advance – you’ve got complete and total chaos.

The Proud Symbolism of Heraldry: Why It Matters; Why It is Fun!

Proud Symbolism of Heraldry

It is often regarded as an esoteric science and something for the snobs.

Researching Architectural History Through Archaeology: The Case of Westminster Abbey

Warwick Rodwell

For half a millennium, scholars have researched and written about the history and architecture of Westminster Abbey, using documents and visual inspection. One might therefore assume that the architectural history of this iconic building is well understood, and in some respects it is.

Teaching Math in the Middle Ages

Teaching Math in the Middle Ages

Today I would like to talk about the places mathematics and mathematical pedagogy in particular appear in the Latin writing of the medieval world.

Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England

Jay Paul Gates

Jay Gates, Nicole Marafioti and Valerie Allen speak about Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England

The True Knight

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What it takes to be a true knight! A wonderful cartoon short made by students at the University of Bournemouth

‘Getting Medieval?’ The Middle Ages in Modern Politics

Getting Medieval The Middle Ages in Modern Politics

‘Ideas about the Middle Ages are indispensable to how we think about the modern world.’ – Louise D’Arcens

Anglo Saxon House: A Reconstruction

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Four videos from Woodlands.co.uk on how trees were used in the Middle Ages

The Newport Medieval Ship in Context: The Life and Times of a 15th Century Merchant Vessel Trading in Western Europe

Newport Medieval Ship in Context

This paper presents a summary of recent research into the broader economic, cultural and political world in which the Newport Medieval Ship was built and operated.

Between Subjects and Citizens: the Commons of England, c. 1300-1550

John Watt

The political, social and cultural conditions of later medieval England fostered a situation in which ordinary people could have remarkable political agency.

Landlord of England, not King? Reinterpreting the Reign of Richard II

Mark King

Mark King is a PhD student in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge working on the political history of Richard II’s reign.

How did medieval seafarers turn trees into boat parts?

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In this video, Professor Jon Adams of the University of Southampton explains the techniques by which shipwrights have converted the trees of the forest into the components of the boats in which people eventually sailed around the world.

Horn Iconography as Found in the Grand Medieval Bestiary

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Given at the 47th International Horn Symposium, on August 4, 2015

The Diverse Pedagogies of Medievalism

Diverse Pedagogies of Medievalism

This roundtable explored some of the many pedagogies of medievalism in the modern academy. To what purposes is medievalism taught, and how? Using what texts and in what contexts?

Hildegard’s Cosmos and Its Music: Making a Digital Model for the Modern Planetarium

Margot Fassler lecture

The work reported on in this talk is a collaborative effort involving forces performative, scholarly, and technological. Because of the way Hildegard describes her understanding of the cosmos in the treatise Scivias, the model unfolds in two acts.

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