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Roman Singing and its Influence Across Europe

In this lecture we shall explore what the singing of Rome meant far afield: in northern England, Ireland, Spain and Germany.

The Story of the Grail

The Story of the Grail has captivated people for hundreds of years. How is it that a story first written in the 12th century can still be so meaningful in the 21st?

Tea Perceived: From a 9th-Century Shipwreck to a 19th-Century Snuff Bottle

The growth of tea as a beverage in China began under the influence of Buddhism during the medieval period and then was legitimized among the population at large through the efforts of Lu Yu (733-804)

Genghis Khan’s Womenfolk: How Imperial Women Shaped the Mongol Conquests and the Mongol Empire

In this lecture, Professor Broadbridge will present three key moments from Mongol history to illustrate the way that imperial women’s contributions have dramatically changed Mongol history as we know it.

Watchful Warriors on Viking-Age Sculpture

Watchful Warriors on Viking-Age Sculpture Lecture by Howard Williams Given at the University College Isle of Man on December 14, 2016 Almost every book about the Vikings includes photographs of warriors found on early medieval carved stones from Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man. How do we interpret these images? Why were figures with […]

Understanding Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen has been at the heart of Manx history, politics and life for over 800 years and has changed radically over time as its purpose and context has altered. It is surely the most important structure on the Island.

Medieval Big Bang Theory: An Interdisciplinary Tale

In his De luce (on light) he extends it to the origin of the Universe in what has been referred to as the ‘Medieval Big Bang’.

The Growth of London as a Port from Roman to Medieval Times

Rather than describing a history of the port of London, it seems more appropriate to say PORTS of London, since the locations, vessels, cargoes and waterfront facilities differed as much as the prevalent languages, cultures and currencies.

Leonardo, Rapunzel and the Mathematics of Hair

From Leonardo da Vinci to the Brothers Grimm our fascination with hair has endured in art and science.

Community Archaeology and the Black Death

Professor Carenza Lewis talks about her innovative 10-year research programme which has involved thousands of members of the public in new archaeological excavations in their own back gardens, producing finds which reveal exactly where the impact of the Black Death was most and least severely felt

The European History of Medieval and Renaissance Scotland: A Post Brexit Reflection

Kylie Murray speaking on Scotland and its relationship with Europe in the Middle Ages.

Popular Politics and Public Opinion in Late Medieval Paris

Michael Sizer discusses the popular politics of late medieval Paris (1380-1422) and what bearing it may have on the way we understand popular political culture today.

Autumn of the Middle Ages: A Century Later

Taking a look at the influence of Johan Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages.

An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads

Byzantine sources provide abundant information about how the imperial government in Constantinople dealt with the peoples inhabiting the steppe lands north of the Black and Caspian Seas.

Medieval Mass Media and Minorities

The portrayal and (mis)use of the figure of the Jew and the Muslim in vernacular sermons and wall paintings from medieval Denmark and Sweden.

Smiths, Myths, and Viking Age Stones

In this lecture, Professor Williams will be examining depictions of smiths from Norse mythology on Viking Age stones in the British Isles, as well as on rune-stones and picture-stones from Scandinavia.

The Globalised World of the Middle Ages: An archaeologist’s view

This talk outlines how archaeologists can reveal the globalised world, with examples from medieval West Africa and the Indian Ocean. What can objects tell us about how our ancestors engaged with their immediate world, and the world beyond?

Norse North Atlantic Textiles and Textile Production: A Reflection of Adaptive Strategies in Unique Island Environments

Textile production was a key industry for the Norse colonies of the North Atlantic during the late Viking and Medieval period.

Petrified Powers: Materials, Forms, and Theories of Medieval Islamic Talismans

Persis Berlekamp is working on Islamic talismans created in the 12th to 15th centuries, focusing on objects from the Seljuk, Mongol and Timurid milieux.

Depictions of Combat in Medieval Art: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Video of a paper given by James Hester at the 2016 IMC

Who Is the Historian?

How do historians bring past events to life and why is their role so important in society?

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