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Plague, Papacy and Power: The Effect of the Black Plague on the Avignon Papacy

View of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. 17th century

The plague came at a critical moment for the Church, and the papacy at Avignon did not adequately rise to the challenge.

A Clergyman out of Control: Portrait of a Bishop Around the Year 1000

Medieval bishop depicted in Eichstätt Cathedral - photo by Mattana / Wikimedia Commons

The following example describes Bishop Megingaud of Eichstaett (991–1014/1015) who was anything but holy.

Movie Review: Pope Joan – Medieval Legend Comes to Life Onscreen

Film: Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan

Released in 2009, also under its German title, ,Die Päpstin,, ,Pope Joan’ recounts the medieval legend of Johanna von Ingleheim, a woman who disguised herself as a man, lived as a monk, and eventually went on to become pope in the ninth century.

Celebrating the New Year, Medieval Style

The Festival of Fools - Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525)

A look at New Year’s in the Middle Ages.

Advent in the Middle Ages

My Star Wars Advent Calendar - Sadly, this delicious tradition isn't medieval.

Advent in the Middle Ages

The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England

martin wall anglo saxon england

Martin Wall takes us on a journey into a period that still remains mysterious, into regions and countries long forgotten, such as Mercia and Northumbria.

Rival bishops, rival cathedrals: the election of Cormac, archdeacon of Sodor, as bishop in 1331

Ruined remains of Snizort Cathedral. Photo by Richard Dorrell / Wikimedia Commons

In the early fourteenth century, the diocese of Sodor, or Sudreyjar meaning Southern Isles in old Norse, encompassed the Isle of Man and the Hebrides.

How Christianity came to Europe

Saint Remigius baptizes Clovis, in a painting of c. 1500

During the Middle Ages nearly all the lands of Europe converted to Christianity. In this short guide, we take a look at how various lands adopted Christianity, including by means of missionary efforts, politics and warfare.

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.

Game of Thrones – East and West, Constantinople and Rome, Emperor and Bishop

Alexander Evers

The following is a tale of the struggle between the Emperors of Constantinople and the the Bishops of Rome

Quiz: Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther

Ten questions to see your knowledge of this time period where beliefs and faith in the Christian church changed dramatically.

Quiz: The Western Schism

Painting of Jan Hus in Council of Constance by Václav Brožík

This quiz tests your knowledge on the events leading up to and following the Catholic Schism.

Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)

Eddie Marsan as the sleazy, evil Headsman's assistant, Fabio.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gives us a sympathetic Headsman in Reformation Austria, in the ‘Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)’.

KZOO 2015: Session #42 – Magna Carta in Context

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

This coming week I’ll be featuring summaries on some of my favourites sessions and papers from #KZOO2015. I kicked off my first session on Thursday with the Magna Carta.

The Medieval Saints of Sweden and Denmark

Parchment fragment of a medieval church book. Photo: Sara Ellis Nilsson/University of Gothenburg.

There is a clear link between the celebration of native saints and the ecclesiastical organisation that emerged in Scandinavia in the 12th century. Yet, according to a new doctoral thesis in history from the University of Gothenburg, important differences can be noted between Sweden and Denmark.

Call for Papers: Power of the Bishop in Western Europe 1000-1300: Episcopal Personalities

Medieval Bishop - British Library Add. 39636, f. 50

Cardiff University is pleased to announce the up-coming symposium on the episcopal office in the Middle Ages, to be held 10-12 June 2015.

Top 10 Antipopes

antipopes

A list of men who ultimately failed to become Pope.

King’s sister, queen of dissent: Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549) and her evangelical network

Marguerite de Navarre - Statue of Marguerite of Angoulême, in the gardens of the city hall of Angoulême

This study reconstructs the previously unknown history of the most important dissident group within France before the French Reformed Church formed during the 1550s.

Bede’s Temple as History

The Venerable Bede Translates John by J. D. Penrose (ca 1902)

Another IHR paper, this time, a talk given about Bede’s writing and his interest in the image of the Temple and its relation to Christianity. This paper also examined how Bede’s views shifted over time. How did Bede view Judaism? Was he truly ambivalent?

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