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From The Middle Ages to Modern Times: Egg Tempera in Art History

While it’s been utilised as a medium since the Florentine Renaissance, egg tempera never never completely disappeared from western art.

The English Lyric, Medieval to Early Modern

This talk explores the relationship among the medieval and early modern traditions of the lyric in English to argue for the latter’s creative readings of the former.

Thegns in the Danelaw: a case for Scandinavian usage of the term in the 10-11th century England

This presentation addresses the possibility of the Old English influence upon the Old Norse in the usage of the word ‘thegn’.

History in Three Dimensions

When we learn about history, the emphasis is often placed on things we find hilarious or shocking, and pretty much everything we take in afterwards confirms that negative impression.

Sacred Values: Medieval Archaeology and Religious Heritage

Why do we value, conserve and interpret medieval sacred heritage? What is the potential significance of medieval archaeology to contemporary social issues surrounding religious identity, and how does this impact on archaeology? 

A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam Walk into a Coffee Shop: Talking about Other People’s Religions in the Middle Ages

This lecture focuses on three medieval scholars – one rabbi, one priest, and one imam – who had a lot to say about their rival religions, arguing that there is much more going on when they did so than just ugly denunciation.

Did Crusaders get Tattoos? Devotional Symbols and Practices in Medieval Europe and the Holy Land

I explore what appears to be a largely overlooked aspect of devotional practice associated with the medieval crusading movement.

Archaeological output in the museum setting: a case study – The Mary Rose

What is the ultimate output of this archaeological excavation? How are the results of the work communicated to a wider public in a way that is engaging for a 21st-century audience?

Recycled Fatimid State Documents from the Cairo Geniza

Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds—possibly thousands—of medieval documents of state in Arabic script, including decrees, rescripts, petitions, tax receipts and fiscal accounts from the Fatimid period.

Fabriano: City of Medieval & Renaissance Papermaking

Sylvia Rodgers Albro detailed technical advancements introduced in the Italian city of Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking.

Monks, philologists, and VR

Learning from medieval memory techniques in this TEDx talk

Bankers and Banking in Medieval Italy

Banks as we have come to know them in today’s world owe their origins to the innovative credit mechanisms developed in medieval Italy.

Why do People Keep Things (including Manuscripts)?

In this paper, I will describe the broad outlines of a deep history of storage, with special reference to habits for storing and using manuscripts and legal acts among the laity of later medieval Europe.

Fatimid State Documents, Serial Recyclers and the Cairo Geniza

Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds—possibly thousands—of medieval documents of state in Arabic script.

Aristotle and the Medieval University: The Birth of a New Book Format

This paper focuses on manuscripts with Latin copies of Aristotle’s works produced for educational purposes between c. 1100 and c. 1300.

White, Black and Grey: recent discoveries at Aberdeen’s medieval friaries

Recent excavations at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen have revealed 30 burials from the medieval Dominican (Black) friary as well as hints at remains of the buildings. This talk will present the latest evidence from this site and look at the other excavated medieval friaries, Franciscan (Grey) and Carmelite (white).

Legal Arguments: The Medieval Origin of a European Invention

What do we mean as we say that ‘During the Middle Ages Roman Law became the shared common law of Europe’?

Medieval Medicine for Modern Infections

Recent scholarship may show that there is more methodology to the medicines of medieval practitioners and further inquiry may show that their medicines were more than just placebos or palliative aids but actual antibiotics being used long before the advent of modern infection control.

Enviable Possessions: The Thirteenth-Century Gemellions of Limoges

One of the most common images of ritual hand-washing in the medieval period depicts the Gospel account of the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate washing his hands after condemning Jesus to death.

A Dynasty of Saints

By all accounts, St. Æthelthryth was married twice and remained a virgin. During her life she was a princess of East Anglia, queen of Northumbria, and finally abbess and founder of the monastery at Ely.

The Light of Nature? No ‘Experience’ in the Middle Ages!

When we think of the concept of experience, we would most likely not be thinking of the Middle Ages.

Medieval Ideas of the Multiverse

To most of the theologians in Paris, anything not forbidden by logical contradiction was possible for God.

Reclaiming past, present and future stories of a deserted medieval village

This practice-based research explores challenges in documenting the physically shifting site of a deserted medieval village, previously an island and now a reclaimed landscape, located on a saltmarsh in East Sussex.

The Shadow of Chinggis Khan on Istanbul: The Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern Asian Context, 1300 – 1600

Prof. Ali Yaycioğlu examines the making of the Ottoman State and socio-economic formation between the late 14th to the 17th centuries.

Baghdad as a Center of Learning and Book Production

Why does Baghdad become some an enormous centre of book production – of literature and the physical production of books?

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