Prostitution in the Medieval City

Brothel scene; Brunswick Monogrammist, 1537; Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Prostitution was a vice that was was considered a necessary evil because of “men’s lust”. Ecclesiastics felt that if brothels weren’t available to men in cities, they would find other inappropriate outlets for their entertainment. In an effort to curb potential problems, civic officials permitted prostitution to function within the city walls so long as it was regulated and turned a profit.

Imprisonment, Execution and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum

Yeoman Warder speaking to a group of school children at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Represent London, lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

The final talk in Sesson #1041, Engaging the Public with the Medieval World, looked at what English children are being taught in school. How much medieval history is in the new programme that was released in September 2014? Megan Gooch, Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces breaks down the English system for us in her paper, ‘Imprisonment, Execution, and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum’.

Making the Castle a Home: Creating an Immersive Medieval World Using Live Costumed Interpreters

To pardon or to punish? Children enjoying live stopped interpretation at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Past Pleasures.

How does the use of unscripted, adaptive, historical interpretation boost the tourist experience? Right on the heels of our look at the Tower of London’s visitor engagement, we heard a paper from Lauren Johnson, Research Manager for Past Pleasures, the oldest historical interpretation company in the UK who educate and entertain the public at historical sites, museums, on stage and and on TV.

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 4

IMC Day 4

It’s the final day at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds – here is what people are tweeting about…

The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015

medieval twitter roundtable

The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds hosted the session The Twitterati: Using Twitter in Medieval Scholarship and Pedagogy – A Round Table Discussion. Over 300 tweets went out during talk, and here are some of the best. [View the story “The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015 ” on Storify]  

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 3

IMC Day 3

It is Wednesday at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds – here is what people are tweeting about!

The Afterlife of the Dead: Reform in Attitude Towards Medieval Burials, Corpses and Bones

Rothwell Charnel Chapel. Photo courtesy of ITV.

The International Medieval Congress is taking place at the University of Leeds, I’m on hand this week to report on the conference. This blog post reports on my first session.

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 2

congress day 2

Here is what medievalists are tweeting about on the second day of the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

2015 International Medieval Congress – Day 1

2015 IMC - Day 1

The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds has begun, and the medievalists on Twitter are keeping busy.

Medievalists come to Leeds for IMC

international medieval congress leeds

The International Medieval Congress begins on Monday at the University of Leeds, drawing in over 2400 medievalists from from 46 countries around the world. The four-day conference is Europe’s largest annual gathering in humanities.

Magna Carta Conference Offers New Insights Into The 800-year-old Document

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

Magna Carta just celebrated its 800th birthday this past Monday. In honour of this incredible milestone, King’s College London, and the Magna Carta Project, hosted a 3 day conference dedicated to this historic document.

Fashion Old and New: Weaving and Tailoring in the Early Medieval and Early Modern Period

Anglo Saxon pin beater made of animal bone. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 400-800 AD. Courtesy of Cotswold Archaeology.

Fashion fan? Interested in medieval and early modern textiles? Then this was your session. 2 papers from opposite ends of the spectrum: Early Medieval weaving and Early Modern Tailoring.

York hosts 2015 Richard Hall Symposium on June 20th

The King's Manor, University of York - photo by Brian Robert Marshall / Wikimedia commons

The full list of speakers for the 2015 Richard Hall Symposium has been announced, with new research and discussions concerning women in early medieval history included in the programme.

Bishops and Their Towns

City of Lucca, Italy. Image via Flickr by bongo vongo.

Another #KZOO2015 post – this one examines Bishops and Their Towns.

Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Pieter Brueghel - Kermesse (The Feast of Saint George)

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

2015 Toronto Old English Colloquium

Toronto Old English Colloquium

The annual Toronto Old English Colloquium will be taking place at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, on Friday, May 1st, 2015.

Midlands Viking Symposium to take place this week

lego vikings - photo by leg0fenris / Flickr

From burials in boats to the perceived magical properties of runic charms, members of the public are invited to come together at the University of Leicester to learn about the latest research developments in the world of Vikings during the annual Midlands Viking Symposium on Saturday 25 April.

Medieval Academy of America Meeting – Day 3

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The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America is taking place at the University of Notre Dame from March 12-14, 2015 – here are some of the tweets from the final day.

Trowbridge Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Conference

Trowbridge Magna Carta

Trowbridge, home to one of the 25 barons elected to enforce Magna Carta, will be hosting an entertaining event at the Civic Centre on 25th April 2015, with a full day of informative seminars by some of the country’s leading historians.

A peasant is a peasant, is a peasant? : Medieval Maritime Peasant Lives

Medieval fishermen

A peasant is a peasant, is a peasant…or is s/he? Was the life of a peasant who lived in the coastal regions of England the same as that of the peasant who made his livelihood toiling on the land for his local lord?

Call for Papers. Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference

Detail of a miniature of Christine and the Sibyl standing in a sphere of the cosmos, with the moon, sun and stars surrounding, in 'Le chemin de long estude'.

Conference taking place at the University of York from May 29th-31st, 2015

Does a Reformation End?: Rethinking Religious Simulation in Sixteenth-Century Italy

The Council of Trent, 1545 - 1563

A paper examining the Italian Reformation.

CONFERENCE: The Historical Novel Society – London 2014

Historical Novel Society Conference - London, 2014

My review of the recent Historical Novel Society conference that took place in London, England.

Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe – conference and lectures to be hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University

16th century woodcut of the coronation of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon

Canterbury Christ Church University is hosting two free public lectures this week on the role that medieval and early modern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe.

Call for Papers: Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

saint louis university

June 17-19, 2013 at Saint Louis University

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