During the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, the word beguine was used by women to identify themselves as members of a wide-spread and influential women’s movement. The same term was used by their detractors and overt opponents, with the highly charged negative meaning of “heretic.” The etymology of the term “beguine” and ultimate origins of the movement have never been satisfactorily explained.
The Remarkable Role of Women in 16th Century French Basque Law Codes Frank, Roslyn M. and Lowenberg, Shelley (University of Iowa) Proceedings of the Western…
Commercial relations between the Basque Provinces and England in the Later Middle Ages, c.1200-c.1500 Childs, Wendy R. (University of Leeds) Itsas Memoria: Revista de…
The remains of the medieval ship that was discovered during development work in Newport in South Wales in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2002.
A team of maritime historians and archaeologists, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has published compelling new evidence about the remains of the largest and best-preserved late medieval ship ever discovered.
Focusing on the types of clothing imported into the realm, and using information from the royal accounts and tithes of a number of ports in the Bay of Biscay, I focus on issues of production and consumption in late medieval Castile and what this information tells us about the economic structures of the realm and on the exaggerated consumption of foreign cloth by certain groups within Castilian society.
A new study, covering the last 2000 years of livestock animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, has revealed that in Spain these animals were at their smallest size during the 8th and 9th centuries.
The map of the medieval world was constantly changing, as various kingdoms, principalities and states fought each other and redrew borders.
By early August, Edward received news that forty Castilian ships had gathered at Sluys and there were plans to attack England.
The paper is a comparative study on the aristocrats of eastern England, eastern Normandy, western Flanders and central Norway.
Archaeologists have discovered an abandoned settlement in the Basque Country of Spain that seems to have been turned into a medieval version of a factory-farm in order to concentrate the cultivation of vineyards.
It is true, as the poem claims, that in 778 the rear guard of Charlemagne’s army was massacred at Roncevaux. But in reality — and in contrast to the claims of the song — the Basques, and not the Muslims, destroyed the rear guard of the Frankish forces.
The interaction between the Norse and Inuit was sparse, at times hostile, and could have possibly doomed the Greenland colonies to extinction.
New evidence suggests that the Newport medieval ship came from the Basque Country
The reign of Alfonso VI was also to be the setting within which León-Castilla joined in the emergence of a new western Europe and itself also assimilated the new norms and structures that were being erected everywhere there.
In news that will be welcomed by many medieval and ancient history scholars, Google Translate has added Latin to its list of languages…
Western European scholars generally assume a late medieval, western European origin for the skirted hobbyhorse.