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


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

Animated Epics: The Canterbury Tales

animated canterbury tales

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

Agincourt 1415 - 2015 Anne Curry

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

Agincourt 1415: The Battle

Matthew Bennett agincourt

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.

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