The Struggle is Real: Where are the Medieval Economists?!

Dr. Daniel Curtis presenting his talk at, "Making the Medieval Relevant" at the University of Nottingham.

Another fascinating paper from “Making the Medieval Relevant” was given by Daniel Curtis, a specialist in Social and Economic History, and a professor at the University of Utrecht.

Video shows the reconstruction of an Early Medieval Turf House

Photo by Frans de Vries / University of Groningen

This time-lapse video shows the reconstruction of an early medieval turf house in the northern Dutch town of Firdgum.

Old Companions, Noble Steeds: Why dogs and horses were buried at an Early Medieval settlement along the Old Rhine


Excavations at the Early Medieval site of Oegstgeest, located in the Dutch Rhine estuary, have yielded the burials of three horses and three dogs

Honour, community and hierarchy in the feasts of the archery and crossbow guilds of Bruges, 1445–81

15th century shooting - image by Diebold Schilling the Younger

Archery and crossbow guilds first appeared in the fourteenth century in response to the needs of town defence and princely calls for troops. By the fifteenth century these guilds existed across northern Europe.

Public Space, Urban Identity and Conflict in Medieval Flanders

17th century maps of Flanders - Kaart van het graafschap Vlaanderen

Ideas of public space can say a lot about the societies that create them. A clear example of this was its use in Flanders during the medieval period. People within Flanders found themselves in a unique situation having one of the highest amounts of urban densities in Europe. This allowed for a distinct urban identity emerge.

A Medievalist at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

Weepers - Photo by Danielle Trynoski

Danielle Trynoski reviews the permanent exhibition at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Late Medieval Enclosed Gardens of the Low Countries

Late Medieval Enclosed Gardens of the Low Countries

In the late Middle Ages and Early Modernity an artistic phenomenon emerged in a feminine religious context, particularly in the Low Countries and the Rhineland: the so-called Enclosed Gardens.

Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Pieter Brueghel - Kermesse (The Feast of Saint George)

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

Insults Hurt: Verbal Injury in Late Medieval Frisia

Hieronymus Bosch circa 1450–1516)

Abba’s wife had told Feye Scroer’s wife that Feye was to die very soon and had also been married to another woman all the while. If he were to die now, she said, he would be damned forever

Late medieval bling-bling

grimani breviary

Illustrations and surviving clothing and accessories however present an entirely different picture of medieval fashion: bright, contrasting colours, costly, lavishly decorated fabrics and belts and bags adorned with all kinds of golden and silver-coloured mounts.

Living la vita apostolica: Life expectancy and mortality of nuns in late-medieval Holland

Medieval Nuns

Living la vita apostolica: Life expectancy and mortality of nuns in late-medieval Holland Jaco Zuijderduijn (Utrecht University ) Centre for Global Economic History: Utrecht University, Working Paper No. 44, June (2013) Abstract Data on vital events of medieval women are extremely scarce. We use a dataset based on a necrology of nuns in late-medieval Holland […]

England’s First Attempt to Break the Commercial Monopoly of the Hanseatic League, 1377-1380

Hanseatic Cities

During the second half of the fourteenth century English traders first seriously threatened the Hanseatic League’s commercial monopoly in the Baltic. The League, attempting to defendits monopoly, treated the English unjustly,where upon in 1377 the English Parliament rescinded the charter that granted the League important concessions and privileges in its English trade.

Galbert of Bruges’ ‘Journal’: From Medieval Flop to Modern Bestseller

The Murder of Charles the Good

Galbert’s text was an utter failure in the Middle Ages. No medieval copies of the journal survive and there is no reason to believe that more than one copy of it every existed during the period.

Urban Jousts in the Later Middle Ages: The White Bear of Bruges

joust from late 15th century

Jousting competitions between towns excited passions which, far from releasing citizens into some escapist unreality, could plunge them instead into violence.

Were Medieval Prostitutes Marginals? Evidence from Sluis, 1387-1440


How convincing is the idea that all prostitutes had common, inalienable characteristics? How convincing is the view that prostitutes formed a distinct and clearly identifiable group?

How Destructive were the Vikings?


Danielle Trynoski reports on the paper “How Much Material Damage Did the Northmen Do in Northern Europe?” given by Lesley Anne Morden

Medieval Dutch Charlemagne Romances: An Overview


The great majority of the Middle Dutch Charlemagne romances are adaptations of Old French chansons de geste.

Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy and Regent of the Netherlands

Margaret of Austria

Margaret’s Motto: Fortune, Infortune, Fortune pretty much sums up her extraordinary life.

How Charles the Bold dispensed justice

Charles the Bold by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1618).

Shortly before his visit to Middelburg, the governor, a nobleman and knight, fell in love with a married woman. She indignantly spurned his advances. The governor took revenge against the woman by having her husband arrested and imprisoned on a charge of high treason.

Late medieval choir stalls and the search for their maker

Late medieval choir stalls and the search for their maker

Christel Theunissen, a graduate student at Radboud University, has created this video introducing the research she is doing on medieval choir stalls.

Famous medieval bridge in Belgium under threat from canal project

Pont des Trous - photo by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

The Pont des Trous, a 13th century bridge in the city of Tournais, could be torn down and replaced as part of large project to create a canal that would link France with the Low Countries.

Learning by doing or expert knowledge? Technological innovations in dike-building in coastal Flanders (13th-18th centuries AD)

Dike building

Dike construction apparently uses simple technology, with slow and gradual change; not the kind of technology that reshaped the material conditions of living, comparable to the spread of electricity or sanitation in the 19th century ‘networked’ city (and linked to the disciplining of society and the rise of domesticity and the modern self-reflexive individual) (often inspired by Latour and Foucault).

New Insights from the Metal Detected Brooches of Early Medieval Frisia

Early medieval Frisian brooch

My research undertook the bulk analysis of over 600 copper alloy brooches by hhXRF and onsite morphological analysis at repositories in the north of Holland.

Medieval Proverbs from The Well-Laden Ship

Medieval Proverbs from The Well-Laden Ship

Here is a list of some of our favourite medieval proverbs from The Well-Laden Ship, including a few that are very similar to modern ones.

Into the frontier: medieval land reclamation and the creation of new societies. Comparing Holland and the Po Valley, 800-1500

Medieval peasants - agriculture

In the paper it is shown that medieval land reclamation led to the emergence of two very divergent societies, characterised by a number of different configurations; (a) power and property structure, (b) modes of exploitation, (c) economic portfolios, and (d) commodity markets.

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