Beyond the Medical Text: Health and Illness in Early Medieval Italian Sources

Coin of Liutprand, King of the Lombards

The vast majority of surviving evidence for health care, medicine and attitudes to illness in early medieval northern Italy comes not from traditional medical texts, but legal, hagiographical and archaeological sources.

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume IV Issue 6

Medieval Warfare Magazine Issue IV 6

The Lombard-Byzantine conflict was a defining moment in Byzantine history, and especially important for the future of Italy. The wars would not only lead to the end of Byzantine hegomony in Italy, but they also helped in widening the gap between the pope and Catholic Italy on the one hand, and the Emperor and Greek Constantinople on the other, thus paving the way for the emergence of new Romano-German Christian realms in the West.

Goths, Lombards, Romans, and Greeks: Creating Identity in Early Medieval Italy

Carved sarcophagus depicting a battle between Romans and Barbarians, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome,

This essay explores how two different non-Roman historians represented the past to their peoples: the Gothic historian Jordanes’ sixth-century work, the Getica, and the eighth-century Lombard historian Paul the Deacons’ History of the Lombards.

The Invisible Wall of St John. On Mental Centrality in Early Medieval Italy

Paul the Deacon

The spatial categories of this society provided the basis for the view of certain places as being associated with a sacral materiality which is foreign to modern conceptualizations. It is the aim of this study to elucidate some of these early medieval notions of space.

Byzantines, Goths and Lombards in Italy: Jewellery, Dress and Cultural Interactions

Visigothic crown

The temptation is naturally to seek differences or contrasts from one power to another, to reinforce the conflict and tension identified in contemporary historians.

The Normans between Byzantium and the Islamic World

Basil II and Constantine VIII - coin

The Normans between Byzantium and the Islamic World TRAVAINI, LUCIA Dumbarton Oaks Papers: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.(2001) Abstract When dealing with the subject of monetary transactions and exchanges involving the Normans of Italy, Byzantium, and the Islamic world, scholars have been cautioned to use care when discussing terms such as influence […]

Cultural syncretism and ethnic identity: The Norman ‘conquest’ of Southern Italy and Sicily

King Roger II of Sicily

Cultural syncretism and ethnic identity: The Norman ‘conquest’ of Southern Italy and Sicily Drell, Joanna H.(Department of History, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York) Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 25, No. 3,(1999) Abstract The culturally syncretic character of medieval Southern Italy and Sicily was never so apparent as under Norman rule in the twelfth century. From the […]

Medieval Sites in Italy, Syria, Turkey and Vietnam added to World Heritage List

Ancient villages of Northern Syria © François Cristofoli/UNESCO

Twenty-five sites were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List last month, including four which date from the Middle Ages. The 35th session of the World Heritage Committee was held last month in Paris, where 25 of the 35 proposed sites received final approval to be included on the List, which marks places that are particularly […]

The Policies of Agilulf and the Iconography of the Val Di Nievole Visor


The Policies of Agilulf and the Iconography of the Val Di Nievole Visor By Julia Bolotina The Future of History: An Undergraduate Journal, Vol.5 (2009-10) Introduction: The Val di Nievole visor, a gilded bronze piece now kept at the Museo Nazionale del Bergetto in Florence, depicts King Agilulf (King of the Lombards 590-616 CE, identified […]

Perché Brescia non è Divenuta la Capitale del Regno Longobardo?

Medieval Brescia - Italy

Perché Brescia non è Divenuta la Capitale del Regno Longobardo? Długosz, Dominika (Kraków) Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization, vol.10, Kraków (2007) Abstract Visitando oggi la città italiana di Brescia si è profondamente colpiti dal suo notevole passato storico-artistico, che si può ripercorrere nel Museo della Città Santa Giulia e nella zona del forum romanum e […]

Marriage and the Status of Women as Viewed through Early Medieval Law Codes

medieval marriage

Family and marriage is rightly detailed in the laws and adds considerable insight into the status of women in early medieval society.

Settlement and defence of Byzantine and Longobard northern and central Italy

Italy in the year 1000

This thesis considers the patterns of settlement in Northern and Central Italy during the Byzantine and Longobard epochs, with close attention to the form of military occupation along the various provincial borders.

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