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English medieval church restored to beauty after being abandoned for over 50 years

A medieval church dating back to the 13th century is reopening after an impressive campaign led by The Friends of Friendless Churches to restore it.

How you can own a medieval piece of York Minster

Medieval stones from York Minster will be going up for auction on August 22nd.

Uncovering the mysteries of England’s Bayeux Tapestry and its connections to Charlemagne

A team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, are hoping to raise awareness of a unique, but little-known, medieval fresco which depicts fighting knights on the wall of a village church in Shropshire.

The Story of Durham Cathedral in LEGO

Durham Cathedral has created this wonderful set of videos – using LEGO – to tell their medieval story.

History from the Bottom Up

Betsy Dominguez shares her story of uncovering profane artwork in a sacred space, and explores its meaning, raising questions about modern censorship and the ever-growing divide between “high” and “low” concepts.

Uncovering the secrets of a medieval church in Norway

A fascinating and complex history of the church has been uncovered, beginning with the original wooden church and leading to a sequence of three major rebuildings, corresponding in time with the transformation from Viking king Olaf to the royal saint St. Olaf of Norway. After more than a year of continuous archaeological investigation, a major […]

Beverley Minster and nearly 1,100 years of sanctuary

In 937 King Athelstan granted Beverley the Right of Sanctuary – one of only two towns in the north of England with this status. Beverley Minster, the town’s main church, will be commemorating this event with the Place of Sanctuary project.

10 things you might not know about British cathedrals

Discover 10 curious facts you might not know about Great Britain’s most famous cathedrals.

I was there. Constantine Akropolites’ Typikon

Constantine Akropolites wrote an appendix to the typikon for the Church of our Lord’s Resurrection in Constantinople, rebuilt by his father, George (1217-82).

Thousand-year-old cathedral surrenders its secrets, stone by stone

The secrets of Norway’s St Olav’s shrine and Nidaros Cathedral have drawn pilgrims for nearly a thousand years. Curious researchers have also made the journey, eager to solve the mysteries locked up in the cathedral’s stones.

What Exactly is the Forum Confessionis? Secrecy and Scandal in Church Governance

What Exactly is the Forum Confessionis? Secrecy and Scandal in Church Governance (12th – 14th Centuries) By Arnaud Fossier Academia.edu First of all, let us establish the difference between secrecy and privacy. In latin, secretum comes from secernere which means to isolate, to distinguish or to put some-thing aside. According to this etymology, «secret» or «secrecy» refers to […]

A Renaissance Instrument to Support Nonprofits: The Sale of Private Chapels in Florentine Churches

The most important nonprofit in Renaissance Florence, the Church had two clear objectives: to address the needs of the parishioners, and to build churches in order to propagate the faith.

Women and Demons in the Late Medieval Wall Paintings in the Church of Espoo (Finland)

The aim of the article is primarily to examine late medieval wall paintings in the church of Espoo that include women with some form of diabolical entity.

BOOK REVIEW: Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount

Our review of Toni Mount’s fascinating look at medicine in the Middle Ages in – Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science by Toni Mount.

The Cathedral and the City

Another fantastic talk. Professor Caroline Bruzelius talks to us about medieval art, architecture, and the role of the cathedral in Medieval society.

How Many Of These British Cathedrals Have You Visited?

A very quick guide to see which cathedrals people are visiting, and which you still need to see :)

Gleanings from the 1253 Building Accounts of Westminster Abbey

Between 1220 and 1266, Salisbury Cathedral was built at a cost of £28,000.

The Religious Reuse of Roman Structures in Anglo-Saxon England

The study examines burials associated with Roman structures, and churches on or near Roman buildings, to demonstrate that the physical remains of Roman structures had a significant impact on the religious landscape of Anglo-Saxon England despite the apparent discontinuity between many Roman and early-medieval landscapes.

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago): The Temple of the Stars

A documentary about the famous pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages

Ring Out the Old: Medieval Bells in England

Of the bells that survive, the oldest may be in St. Chad’s Church in Claughton in Lancashire.

Medieval Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery

Of the four medieval #placestosee in Lisbon, Jerónimos Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, was my favourite. The monastery is located in Belém, a suburb of Lisbon, that is famous for the 16th century monastery, as well as for its world famous pastry shop, Pastéis de Belém…

Medieval Lisbon: Carmo Convent

Part III of my series on Medieval Lisbon. This visit took me to Carmo Monastery and museum.

Researching Architectural History Through Archaeology: The Case of Westminster Abbey

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.

Between 50 and 75 medieval skeletons discovered at Westminster Abbey

Archaeologists have discovered the skeletal remains of between 50 to 75 individuals buried in the walls of Westminster Abbey. It is believed that they date from the 11th or early 12th century.

How Hagia Sophia was Built

Stories and legends from the Patria on how the greatest church of the Byzantine world was built

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