Who actually died at the Battle of Crecy?

Edward III counting the dead on the battlefield of Crécy

This battle, fought on August 26, 1346, was one of the most important victories for England during the Hundred Years War. New research about the battle has revealed how much confusion existed about who actually died during the battle.

King Stephen’s Siege Tactics

Lincoln Castle - Photo by Gustavo Faraon / Flickr

I will describe Stephen’s siege tactics in three general areas: (1) indirect assault, (2) direct assault, and (3) non-weapon engineering.

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.

‘Such a great multitude’: Biblical numerology as a literary device in Nauigatio Sancti Brendani

Darcy Ireland presents at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies

This presentation will begin by briefly summarizing the text, presenting evidence for its intended audience and purpose, defining Biblical numerology and outlining its role in Jewish and Christian textual traditions up to the early medieval period. Then the presentation will provide a handful of examples in the use of Biblical numerology in Nauigatio.

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.

Why did Attila leave Italy?

16th century paingint by Raphael showing the Meeting between Leo the Great and Attila depicts Leo, escorted by Saint Peter and Saint Paul, meeting with the Hun king outside Rome.

Reporting on the paper ‘Attila’s Appetite: The Logistics of Attila the Hun’s Invasion of Italy in 452′, by Jason Linn, given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies

Crafting the Perfect Army: Innovation and the Assizes of Arms in Plantagenet England

Prince Edward and his army - from British Library Harley 1766   f. 259v

Daniel Franke, Assistant Professor for medieval and military history at the United States Military Academy, examines military obligation towards English rulers and how the crown raised armies for their campaigns against enemies such as France and Scotland.

Enumerating the Battles, Skirmishes, and Naval Actions at the Siege of Acre

Philip Augustus and Richard I receiving the surrender of Acre

Hosler examines the many episodes during the siege, which involved Saladin’s Egyptian and Syrian troops, fighting against crusader forces that were eventually joined by kings Philip Augustus and Richard I.

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Day 4

kzoo 2015

The final day of the congress at Western Michigan University.

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Day 3

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Day 3

Saturday at the International Congress on Medieval Studies – papers, Pseudo and the DANCE!

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.

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Day 2

Day 2 medieval congress

Covering some of the best tweets from #Kzoo2015

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Day 1

Day 1

Hundreds of tweets from the medieval congress. Here are some of our favourites…

Accessus: Where Premodern Meets Hypermodern


Taking a look at Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, a free online publication sponsored by The Gower Project

Ten papers to look forward to at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western michigan university

What will be taking place at Kalamazoo this year.

For Medievalists: Want to Give a Conference Paper?

Call for Papers

Over the last couple of weeks we have received a few requests to pass along Calls for Papers for upcoming conferences

The Kalamazoo Diaries at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival

Esther dressed up for The Zoo

Playing from July 18th-July 27th at Hamilton Theatre

Disbinding Some Manuscripts, and Rebinding Some Others

Disbinding Some Manuscripts

This paper will discuss the theory and practice of virtual disbinding, how to virtually disbind manuscripts in order to answer questions about how they were designed and built by their creators.

The Salvation Diet

salvation diet

For people in the Middle Ages, Lent was a time of both physical fasting and spiritual renewal. In her paper, ‘The Salvation Diet’, Martha Daas examines how medieval people endured the 40 days of fasting.

Chivalry, Feudalism, and Source Criticism: The Writing of Medieval German Military History


A paper from the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Emergency Baptisms in the Middle Ages

infant baptism - painting by Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464)

What to do if the priest might not arrive in time to carry out a baptism?

The Medievalverse Roundtable from Kalamazoo

medievalverse roundtable

We talk about the 49th International Congress of Medieval Studies with John France, Elizabeth Koza and Danielle Trynoski.

Medieval Congress begins next week

medieval congress

One week from today the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies will officially get underway. This is the largest gathering of academic medievalists in the world, drawing over 3000 scholars to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Ten papers to look forward to at KZoo 2014

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The schedule for the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be held at Western Michigan University from May 8-11, 2014 has now been released.

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