Free online course on Magna Carta begins today

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

A six-week online course begins today that will teach the history of one England’s most medieval important documents.

Western Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Europe to be offered by Arizona State University as MOOC


Arizona State University is teaming up with with edX, a nonprofit, open-source education provider, to offer several massive open online courses (MOOCs), including Western Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Europe.

‘Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History’ – medieval and media studies team up to offer course on popular show

Game of thrones review

For 20 students at Northern Illinois University, Game of Thrones isn’t merely the most entertaining show on television — it’s also among the most thought-provoking classes on campus this spring.

A Study Retreat for Medievalists

Acadia National Park - photo by Kim Carpenter / Flickr

Traces of Alchemy in the Literature of the High Middle Ages: An Informal Study Retreat on the eastern Maine Coast, on May 22–25, 2015

10 Free Ancient and Medieval History Online Courses (Spring 2015)


Interested in learning about ancient or medieval history?

$300 million library donated to Princeton University includes thousands of medieval manuscripts and early printed books

Vivid reds, pinks and greens of the illustrations run alongside the text in the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible, which was produced in Mainz, Germany, in 1455. Photo by Natasha D'Schommer, Princeton University

William Scheide has left his collection of rare books and manuscripts to Princeton University. It is believed to be worth about $300 million, making it the largest gift in the university’s history.

Digging into the Secrets of Medieval Manuscripts

Breviary of Renaud de Bar. France (Verdun), c.1303

Digital tools, including a free, public online manuscript training course, are allowing Stanford University English professor and medieval manuscript scholar Elaine Treharne to share her expertise well beyond traditional classroom walls.

Free online course offers unique insights into Richard III reinterment


The third run of the free popular ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ online course will be launching Monday 16 February – and will offer a fascinating insight into life during 15th century England in the build up to the reinterment of Richard III on Thursday 26 March.

Free online course on the Magna Carta

King John signs Magna Carta

The Magna Carta and its Legacy begins on Monday, January 12th and runs until February 20th.

Chaucer in Iceland

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My project is called Chaucer in Iceland and its main aim was to take the congress in Iceland as a case study for looking at the impact of Scandinavia identity on contemporary medieval studies.

Medievalism on the Move: Open Access in the Academy

Open Access in the Academy

Panel discussion held at the 29th International Conference on Medievalism, on October 24, 2014

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Society launches this month

Bosworth battle

This month sees the launch of a new society promoting interest in the Battle of Bosworth, the last major battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Robin Fleming awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Robin Fleming - photo courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Robin Fleming, one of America’s leading early medieval historians, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called ‘Genius Grant’.

Free online course on ‘England in the time of King Richard III’

Future Learn

The University of Leicester and FutureLearn are teaming up to offer a six-week online course that will examine King Richard III and his era. The massive open online course, which is freely open to anyone interested in the topic, begins on November 25th.

Medieval Studies in Canada

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Here is a list of medieval studies programs available in Canada, province by province

Medieval Studies programs in the United States

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Here is a list of medieval studies programs available in the United States, state by state.

Medievalist looks for crowd funding to help support his PhD

Spencer Gavin Smith

How you can support Spencer Gavin Smith do research about medieval gardens and parks

Learning about the Middle Ages at Indiana University

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In 2008, I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Medieval Archaeology, after completing a senior thesis focusing on Viking colonization and urban environments. How did I come to have such a specialized degree at a landlocked American university? Well, definitely not by following a straight and narrow path!

Medieval Histories – On balancing along the precipice between Medieval Living History and the Medieval Studies of Academia

Dressed Viking woman at weaving - photo by Peter van der Sluijs

But it is also easy to detect something else, which is the beleaguered and policed frontier between academia and living history – or as it is often called between Medieval Studies and Medievalism. Something both parties are acutely aware of.

Medieval Academy of America rocked by resignations of Executive Directors

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After interviewing various people, including Gardiner and Musto and Academy President Richard Unger, two narratives have emerged – one that suggests that personality clashes emerged between the Executive Directors and some of the members of the academy’s council; while another seems to show that a serious disagreement emerged over the structure of the academy and how much freedom the Executive Directors should have in running the organization.

The Medieval Archaeology Masters program at the University of York

Kings Manor at the University of York

Danielle Trynoski reviews the Master of Arts in Medieval Archaeology program at the University of York

Medievalists and the Scholarly Digital Edition


Clearly, since 2002 there has been significant growth in the number and range of digitized manuscripts available online, and it may be that the increase in the reported use of digitized facsimiles simply follows the increasing availability of those facsimiles.

Kathy Krause wins fellowship to research Medieval Women and Literary Production

Prof. Kathy Krause has won a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her research on medieval women. Photo by Janet Rogers, University Communications

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a fellowship to Kathy M. Krause of the University of Missouri-Kansas City to research ‘The Role of Noblewomen in Literary Production in Northern France during the 13th Century.’

The genesis of chivalry project receives £137,000 in funding

Miniature of knights, decorated initial 'L'(i) and partial border, at the beginning of the prologue of Jean de Meung's L'Art de Chivalry. Origin: France, Central (Paris) Photo courtesy British Library

David Crouch of the University of Hull will be able to explore the origins of chivalry in the Middle Ages after being award a Research Fellowship of £137,629 from the Leverhulme Trust.

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