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Aristotle and the Medieval University: The Birth of a New Book Format

This paper focuses on manuscripts with Latin copies of Aristotle’s works produced for educational purposes between c. 1100 and c. 1300.

Medieval Studies and STEM

Here are 15 ways that medieval studies and STEM are working together.

The Revolution in Writing Styles during the Renaissance

Just as we have our faces, we each should have own writing style – this was the lesson that two leading Renaissance thinkers, Erasmus and Montaigne, gave to their contemporaries in 16th century Europe.

Scholars, Teachers and Students in Early Medieval Europe: Towards a Total Network

This talk, part of a larger project, is concerned with intellectuals (scholars, teachers and their students) active in the late eighth through ninth centuries, a period usually referred to as the Carolingian Renaissance.

The Influence of Humanist Culture on Sephardi Scholars Active in Medieval Italy

This talk will set the context by introducing three generations of the Iberian Shohams, a late 14th-mid-15th century Sephardic family moving from Sicily to Apulia and Calabria.

The case for a West Saxon minuscule

Julian Brown’s famous analysis of what he termed the Insular system of scripts marked out a number of routes, now well trodden, through the debris of undated and unlocalized manuscript material from the pre-Viking-Age British Isles.

Looking to the future of medieval archaeology

A symposium entitled ‘Looking to the Future’ was held as part of the Society for Medieval Archaeology’s 50th anniversary to reflect upon current and forthcoming issues facing the discipline. The discussion was wide-ranging, and is summarized here under the topics of the research potential of development-led fieldwork, the accessibility of grey literature, research frameworks for medieval archaeology, the intellectual health of the discipline, and relevance and outreach.

Lay Religion and Pastoral Care in Thirteenth Century England: the Evidence of a Group of Short Confession Manuals

This poses a question: where did these engaged laypeople come from, and when? There is some evidence that suggests they should be pushed back to the thirteenth century.

Francesco Filelfo at the court of Milan (1439-1481)

Milan was the city where Filelfo spent half his life, where he wrote almost all his works and where he left a deep imprint in the development of humanistic culture.

A Late Byzantine Swan Song: Maximos Neamonites and His Letters

Maximos Neamonites’ epistulae depict their author as a schoolmaster of primary education active in the second and the third decades of the fourteenth-century Constantinople (fl.1315–1325), true to generic conventions (and the realities of life), eking out a meager income on the basis of his teaching activities, and occasionally lifting his pen to interfere on behalf of others.

Jewish Collaborators in Alfonso’s Scientific Work

What is remarkable about the Jewish translators whose work was sponsored by Alfonso, following an already old tradition of Jewish translation activity, was their concentration almost exclusively on scientific literature and their significant contribution to the development of the Spanish language.

St. Isidore and mediaeval science

Did Isidore appear foolish to his contemporaries and immediate mediaeval successors, or is his foolishness a more recent discovery?

The Contemplation of God in Medieval Literature

Is there a link between seeking God and reading and writing literature? Is literature a help or an obstacle in seeking God?

The Impact of Islamic Civilization and Culture in Europe During the Crusades

Though the Europeans were trying to understand the Muslim community by establishing Islam and Orientalism studies and even teaching Arabic and Persian in their universities, why Muslims did not stepped towards understanding west in the same manner?

Where to Live the Philosophical Life in the Sixth Century? Damascius, Simplicius, and the Return from Persia

When establishing an endpoint for the classical philosophical tradition in the Greco-Roman world, scholars often choose the closing of the Athenian Neoplatonic school by the emperor Justinian in 529.

Libraries and Book Culture of the Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire supported literary life at a time when many other parts of the western world were in a state of literary darkness.

The Neglect of the Ancient Classics at the Early Medieval Universities

Until recently it was customary to dismiss the subject by dwelling upon the utter barrenness of classical, as well as of all other lay learning in the Middle Ages, and thus intimate that nothing better could have been expected from the work at the universities. Today no competent scholar would pronounce such a verdict. The term “Twelfth Century Renaissance” is becoming a familiar phrase, and is finding its way into hand-books and text-books.

Categories of medieval doxography: reflections on the use of “doctrina” and “via” in 14th and 15th century philosophical and theological sources

Browsing through late-medieval sources, such as commentaries on Peter Lombard or Aristotle, collections of disputations or university statutes, the reader frequently comes across the terms ‘doctrina’ and ‘via’.

Of Our Own Nation: John Wallis’s Account of Mathematical Learning in Medieval England

In A treatise of algebra both historical and practical, John Wallis wrote the first survey of the state of mathematical learning in medieval England, and discussed with particular care the arrival and significance of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system

Medieval University

The Medieval University was a system of higher education that emerged in western Europe during the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

The Medieval University

The Medieval University By J.E. Healey Canadian Catholic Historical Association – Report, Vol. 17 (1950) Introduction: Let us take some young lad and follow him through a medieval university. Where shall we send him, for different universities were early noted for their specialties? The boy’s father, a physician of some repute, might be anxious for […]

In Our Time: The Medieval University

In Our Time: The Medieval University BBC Radio 4 First Broadcast March 2011 In the 11th and 12th centuries a new type of institution started to appear in the major cities of Europe. The first universities were those of Bologna and Paris; within a hundred years similar educational organisations were springing up all over the […]

Philippa of Lancaster, queen of Portugal (1360-1415)

Philippa of Lancaster, queen of Portugal (1360-1415) By Manuela Santos Silva The Rituals and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern, edited by Liz Oakley-Brown and Louise J. Wilkinson (Four Courts Press, 2009) Introduction: Philippa (1360-1415), the English queen of the Portuguese, is most well known as the mother of scholarly progeny rather than for […]

Hellenistic Residue in Central Asia under Islamic Regimes

Hellenistic Residue in Central Asia under Islamic Regimes By Xinru Liu Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2004) Abstract: Islamic scholars in the Middle Age translated many Greek, Persian, and Sanskrit literature into Arabic. Among the many scholars who contributed to scholarship in the Islamic world, Central Asia produced […]

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