How did medieval people dance?

medieval dancing - image courtesy British Library

A book by Robert Mullally is answering a part of this question, detailing one of the most popular dances of the Middle Ages.

A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600

A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600

This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600.

The Cosmography of Aethicus Ister

The Cosmography of Aethicus Ister

One of the most skilful forgeries of the Middle Ages, the Cosmography of Aethicus Ister has puzzled scholars for over 150 years, not least because of its challenging Latinity.

Erectile dysfunction in the Middle Ages – historian examines medieval impotence cases

Medieval female physician - From an early 15th century English manuscript

Like today, the problem of male impotence in the Middle Ages was often serious, and had important consequences for marriages and families.

Jews and Magic in Medici Florence

Jews and Magic in Medici Florence

Between 1615 and 1620, Benedetto Blanis (c.1580-c.1647), a Jewish scholar and businessman in the Florentine ghetto, sent 196 letters to Don Giovanni dei Medici (1567-1621), an influential member of the ruling family.

What Happened to Aged Priests in the Late Middle Ages?

On Old Age  Approaching Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

While it might seem that disease and war made it unlikely that someone would survive to old age in ancient and medieval times, many men and women did live on into their 60s, 70s and even older. A new book, On Old Age: Approaching Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, explores some aspects of being elderly hundreds of years ago.

The Methods of Medieval Translators: A Comparison of the Latin Text of Virgil’s Aeneid with its Old French Adaptations

The Methods of Medieval Translators

This monograph examines the medieval French translation/adaptation of Virgil’s Aeneid. The work employs Relevance Theory, second language pedagogy and hermeneutics in its analysis.

New in Medieval Books this week!

Town and Countryside in the Age of the Black Death - Essays in Honour of John Hatcher

Hey Medievalverse! Ring in 2012 with these fab, hot off the press releases!

Book Review: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Royal Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination makes for a good compliment to those who have had the chance to view the exhibition, adding indepth details about this collection as well as dozens of wonderful images from the Middle Ages.

The Top 11 of 2011: Our Medievalicious Wish List!

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We have compiled a list of 11 books published this year which our readers might to be great reads about the Middle Ages

New book examines the medieval history of St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral Before Wren

The past archaeological lives of the St Paul’s Cathedral site have been revealed in a new English Heritage book.

Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan, by Conn Iggulden

Conqueror

An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever.

Historian examines the philosophy of Richard Rufus

This detail is from a 13th-century manuscript by Richard Rufus, which IU professor Rega Wood discovered at a library in Erfurt, Germany, in 1983. It had previously been misattributed to a later philosopher, Walter Burley. Photo courtesy University of Indiana

Richard Rufus of Cornwall may be the most important figure in Western philosophy you’ve never heard of. A project based at Indiana University and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities aims to change that.

Wales and the Crusades

Wales and the Crusades

What was Wales’s involvement in the Crusades and what role did Welsh soldiers play in the campaign to halt Islamic expansion into Jerusalem? How did Welsh participation in the Crusades help cement English control over Wales?

New book examines the Cistercians in Wales

The Cistercians in the Middle Ages

The Cistercians in the Middle Ages explores the European context for the emergence of what was very probably the most influential of all the medieval monastic orders.

The Farce of the Fart – new book offers scandalous plays from medieval France

The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries

They were the sitcoms of their time –– lowbrow comedies that lampooned every serious topic, from sex and relationships to politics and religion

Interview with Sharon Kay Penman

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Best-selling author Sharon Kay Penman has published her twelfth novel, Lionheart, which focuses on King Richard I and his crusade to the Holy Land in the late-twelfth century. We had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Kay Penman about this novel and how she writes historical fiction: This book is a kind of sequel to your […]

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Lionheart By Sharon Kay Penman Penguin Books, 2011 ISBN: 978039915785 Publisher’s Description: From the New York Times-bestselling novelist, a stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Coeur de Lion. They were called “The Devil’s Brood,” though never to their faces. They were the […]

Studies in Early Franciscan Sources book series begins

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Franciscan Institute Publications has launched a new book series called Studies in Early Franciscan Sources with the publication of three titles: The Writings of Francis – Letters and Prayers The Writings of Francis – Rules, Testament and Admonitions The Writings of Clare – Letters, Form of Live, Testament and Blessing Three of the world’s top […]

The Friar of Carcassonne

The Friar of Carcassonne

The Friar of Carcassonne: Revolt against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars By Stephen O’Shea Douglas and McIntyre, 2011 ISBN 978-1-55365-551-0 Publisher’s Synopsis: The dramatic story of a courageous friar who battled king, pope and Inquisition in his search for justice. Nearly a century had passed since the French region of Languedoc […]

Patterns of Episcopal Power: Bishops in Tenth and Eleventh Century Western Europe

Patterns of Episcopal Power

Patterns of Episcopal Power: Bishops in Tenth and Eleventh Century Western Europe Edited by Ludger Körntgen and Dominik Waßenhoven Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2011 ISBN:  978-3-11-026202-5 Publisher’s Synopsis: In medieval Europe, the death of a king could not only cause a dispute about the succession, but also a severe crisis. In times of a vacant […]

Our Lady’s Lawsuits – new translations of two 14th-century poems

Our Ladys Lawsuits

Judith Davis, Professor Emerita of French and Humanities at Goshen College, and Ron Akehurst of the University of Minnesota have recently completed their book containing translations of two 14th-century poems. Published in May by The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts & Studies, the book, titled Our Lady’s Lawsuits, presents first-time English translations of […]

Book Explores Students’ Journey on Medieval Pilgrimage Route

Roanoke College students walk into the village of Santa Catalina de Somoza during their first days of backpacking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Photo courtesy Roanoke College

Allison Gray walked with a fractured foot. Megan Drohan overcame distaste for the outdoors. Jessica Hickam Roffe found meaning and confidence. These former Roanoke College students and at least three others battled blisters, injuries and exhaustion to forge a path that Spanish pilgrims once took long before them. They hiked the varied terrain of the […]

Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia

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Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia By Noel Fallows Boydell and Brewer, 2011 ISBN: 9781843835943 Publisher’s Synopsis: Jousting was for some 500 years the major spectator sport in western Europe. And yet, despite its enormous popularity in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, very little is known about its practicalities. How was the score determined […]

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