What can be more glorious, more tempting than the conquest of death?
What can an epic poem from the the 12th century tells us about love and marriage in the Byzantine world?
This afternoon I want to describe through the persons of the North African Muslim Hassan Al Rosen and the Italian Jew, Jacob Mantino, an encounter between two traditions of theatre and poetry in the early 16th century.
I felt both very thrilled and scared when I learned that they had made a Tolkien biopic.
Comic, tragic, instructive, grandiose, witty and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and a new generation of video-game and film makers.
Suppose girls cannot inherit, but your only child is a daughter and you happen to have an enormous inheritance, what will you do?
The experience of reading medieval – and indeed any – literature can open windows on to new worlds and novel encounters for the reader, with occasionally surprising consequences.
These days, there are many different ways to be a historian outside of academia. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Christine Morgan, creator of Untitled History Project, about her latest work on the famous fairy Mélusine, Mary Boleyn, and making it as a historian off the tenure track.
Taking a look at where we else can find the Jewish community in the Middle Ages: the heart of battle.
This lecture explores how Chaucer and his contemporaries saw their own place in time
I wanted to make them a little book to read so they might learn and study and understand the good and evil that has already happened, in order to keep them from that which is yet to come.
Why does Dante still speak to us with great urgency and power, and how is it that he remains accessible despite the seemingly-vast distance in time and culture between his world and ours?
Here are seven riddles about animals from the Early Middle Ages. Can you solve them?
In medieval literature boars made teh perfect enemies that the hero must conquer in order to complete their quest.
If you follow these simple steps, you can be a hero straight out of a medieval romance in no time at all.
In addition to being a story celebrating courtly love and all the romance tropes, Guillaume de Palerne is essentially a story of transformation and disguise
Here are five riddles written in the eleventh-century. Can you answer them?
For medieval Europeans, talking openly about sex in what we might think of now as explicit detail was a very normal part of life.
I decided I wanted to know more about those “medieval fairies”: were there other Middle English poems where I could find them?
Brennu-Njáls saga can—and most often is—be translated to The Story of Burnt Njal. But another way of translating it is The Story of Njáll the Burner. And I believe it is exactly this duality of the saga’s main character Njáll that makes the saga so appealing
I describe the charismatic performances depicted in Peter Abelard’s Historia Calamitatum, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women, and two anonymous fourteenth-century romances, Emaré and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Slander or maldecir functioned as common currency in well-publicized poetic exchanges that have been preserved in fifteenth-century cancioneros.
The characters of Grendel’s mother, Judith, and Juliana serve as primary examples for this analysis. This dissertation identifies these three figures as exhibiting a heroic ethos, explores how they fit into and deviate from the defined Old English heroic ideal
18 quotes (modernised) – some of which are Geoffrey Chaucer’s and some of which are William Shakespeare’s. Which one was penned by which great writer?