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Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World comes to the Getty

Outcasts: Prejudice & Persecution in the Medieval World, on view January 30—April 8, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, presents individual case studies that examine the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion.

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time – new exhibition comes to the Morgan Library

Drawing upon the rich holdings of the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, Now and Forever explores how people told time in the Middle Ages and what they thought about it.

Is the Bayeux Tapestry coming to Britain?

Reports suggest the Bayeux Tapestry – one of the most famous pieces of medieval art – will be loaned to the British Museum for several months.

York Minster’s Great East Window restoration completed

On 2 January 2018, the final panel in York Minster’s 600-year-old Great East Window was returned to the world-famous masterpiece, 10 years after all 311 panels were removed by York Glaziers Trust.

Research into Anglo-Saxon burials uncover new insights

Christine Cave, a PhD candidate at the Austrialian National University, has developed a new method for determining the age-of-death for skeletal remains based on how worn the teeth are.

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Medieval Articles

Stefan Nemanja: A Case Of Sacral Kingship

This PhD thesis investigates how the successors to the first ruler of an amalgamation of Serb lands, the Raškan Serb Veliki Župan, Stefan Nemanja, sought to create legitimacy for what otherwise may have been the passing successes of one local chieftain.

The Customary of the Royal Convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos: Female Liturgy, Female Scribes

This article explores the medieval customary of the royal convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos, a hitherto unpublished document of critical importance for the knowledge of one of the most emblematic institutions of medieval Castile.

A Will of their Own? Children’s Agency and Child Labour in Byzantium

This paper examines the relation between three concepts: a child’s will, children’s agency and child labour. This paper shows how these concepts were developed in Byzantine society in order to advance a religious agenda.

Mercantile Arithmetic in Renaissance Italy: A Translation and Study of Selected Passages from a Vernacular Abbaco Work

This essay is a study of a Renaissance Italian manuscript which has been published under the title Arte Giamata Aresmetica (‘The Art Called Arithmetic’).

The Inverse Perspective in Byzantine Painting

The inverse perspective is a method of representing spatial depth used only in Byzantine painting. It is different from Renaissance perspective. The inverse perspective, with two-dimensional axonometric representations, is more complex, offering multiple possibilities of symbolization.

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All about the Middle Ages

Castle for Sale in Germany: Schochwitz Castle

This stunning castle dates from the 15th century, and has been carefully renovated with conservation of many of the original elements.

Sine Nomine: Ensemble for Medieval Music

Profile of the Toronto-based quartet Sine Nomine, with two videos from a recent performance.

Castle and Countship for sale in Italy

Located a few kilometers away from the village of Gubbio, the owner of the castle is also automatically recognized as the Count of Carbonana.

Can You Label A Game Of Thrones Map?

Think you know all there is of Westerns and Essos? Find out here!

The Transformers and the Middle Ages

‘My dear girl, I find it hard to believe that my data bank dates your costume to 542 A.D.’ – ‘Fashion is always a year behind Camelot out here in the countryside.’

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

We begin with several images depicting the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, which took place of December 29, 1170, followed by another 30 interesting medieval manuscript images that have been tweeted out in the last seven days.

The Evil Spirit that Terrorized a Medieval Village

Today’s horror movies could make use of this story from the ninth-century, of how an evil spirit terrorized a village, and the attempt to get rid of it, which seems to be one of the earliest recorded exorcisms from the Middle Ages.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Go to the 2015 International Medieval Congress

Each year the University of Leeds hosts the International Medieval Congress, one of the largest conferences in the world about the Middle Ages. This year the congress is taking place from July 6th to 9th. Here are ten reasons why you should go!

Castle for Sale in France: Chateau de Malvaux

Chateau de Malvaux, which was built between the 12th to 14th centuries, is located in the heart of France about 300 kilometres south of Paris.

Castle for Sale in Australia

A medieval style castle in Australia, is now for sale. Located on the western coast of Australia in the town of Bli Bli, Sunshine Castle is a major local tourist attraction. The current owners state, “The Sunshine Castle is a family run, award winning tourist attraction and function venue. It incorporates a fully licensed Cafe […]

Medieval Images of the Human Body

Fascinating and strange medieval images of the human body.

Tempus Fugit

If you needed to know the time between bells, there were several ways to find out.

From Runes to Ruins: Documentary looks at rediscovering the Anglo-Saxon past

In his latest film, From Runes to Ruins, Tom Rowsell examines how people in England are reclaiming their Anglo-Saxon heritage, including its religion.

Wit and Wisdom from Medieval Monarchs

Here are ten quotes from medieval Kings and Queens that we wanted to share

Five Ways Gawain Kicks Lancelot’s Ass

Here are five ways in which Gawain shows Lancelot who’s boss!

Medieval Videos

Science and the Future of the Human Past

Michael McCormick discusses how we can discover our ancestors and their lived experience, their successes and failures, and invent a new discipline, the Science of the Human Past.

Wood Culture and Technology in the Greenland Norse Society, 10th-15th Century

Despite a relatively poor wooded environment, well preserved archaeological collections show timbers were often used, suggesting Norse people in Greenland found multiple ways to acquire the wood they needed.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: The Anglo-Saxon World

Here are five (plus one) new books about Anglo-Saxon England.

New Medieval Books: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Celebrating the New Year by taking a look at these five new books on the Middle Ages.

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Medieval Movies & TV

10 Medieval Short Films

Need to have some medieval-themed binge viewing? Here are ten short films from Youtube and Vimeo that will take you back to the Middle Ages.

Medievalists at the Movies: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premiered May 2017 MAN CANDY ALERT! When I sat down to watch “King Arthur” over this past weekend, I was a bit apprehensive. This big-budget, big-name feature film didn’t last very long in theaters (never a good sign) and it received overall negative reviews (typically, not always, not a […]

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The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 3: No. 20): Issue 103: New Year

A behind the scenes look at the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibit, book suggestions for your 2018 Reading List, a closer look at the meaning of the Grail, a troubadour’s famous manuscript, a look at a new Tudor planner, and a review of King John.

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