The Oxford map of Palestine in the work of Matthew Paris

He was long-winded, opinionated, cranky, and interested in everything. He moves from politics at court, to the abuses of ecclesiastical power, to foreign relations, to peculiar meteorological and astronomical occurrences, to uncanny incidents.

Steamy Syrian Scandals: Matthew Paris on the Templars and Hospitallers

Matthew Paris is a major source of information on the Templars and Hospitallers. But we ask: ‘How far can this Mad Monk be trusted? Was he in the pay of the Evil Emperor?’

Narratives of resistance: arguments against the mendicants in the works of Matthew Paris and William of Saint-Amour

The rise of the new mendicant orders, foremost the Franciscans and Dominicans, is one of the great success stories of thirteenth-century Europe. Combining apostolic poverty with sophisticated organization and university learning, they brought much needed improvements to pastoral care in the growing cities.

Real and imaginary journeys in the later Middle Ages

For a proper understanding of the actions of men in the past it is necessary to have some idea of how they conceived the world and their place in it, yet for the medieval period there is a serious inbalance in the sources.

Matthew Paris and the Royal Christmas: Ritualised Communication in Text and Practice

In the Chronica majora, and its abbreviations, Paris opened each year with a description of how and where the king held Christmas.

The Eyes Have It: Blindness and Vision in Matthew Paris’s Estoire de seint Aedward le rei

La Estoire de seint Aedward le rei (The History of Saint Edward the King) is extant in only one manuscript—and it is stunning

Matthew Paris and Henry III’s elephant

Matthew Paris’s drawings of Henry III’s elephant are well-known, and popular accounts of the Tower of London often mention the elephant’s brief residence there.

Tartars on the Frontiers of Europe: The English Perspective

The relevant records in English chronicles reveal little about the actual historical events of the East Central European region in the thirteenth century but say a great deal about the perception and knowledge of a core country about the periphery of Western Christianity.

Matthew Paris in Norway

It appears that Matthew only ever left England once, when, in 1248-9, he visited Norway to assist in settling a dispute at the Benedictine abbey of Nidarholm near Trondheim. It is on this episode that the following will focus.

Queen of All Islands: The Imagined Cartography of Matthew Paris’s Britain

In the middle decade of the thirteenth century, the Benedictine monk and historian Matthew Paris drew four regional maps of Britain. The monk’s works stand as the earliest extant maps of the island and mark a distinct shift from the cartographic traditions of medieval Europe.

History and Hagiography in Matthew Paris’s Illustrated Life of Edward the Confessor

This thesis focuses on the Life of Edward the Confessor and explores the way in which Matthew visually represents the lengthy historical sequences that he has added to the more traditional account of the saint.

Constitutionalism and the Cloister: Matthew Paris and the Crisis of Royal Monastic Patronage in Thirteenth Century England

In a matter of two decades, the monastery had gone from total identification with the monarchy to supporting a rebellion against the Crown. How could such a change have come about? What could have led the monks to oppose the King?

A Thirteenth-Century Meditational Tool: Matthew Paris’s Itinerary Maps

A Thirteenth-Century Meditational Tool: Matthew Paris’s Itinerary Maps By Dana Vasiliu British and American Studies, Vol.15 (2009) Abstract: This paper looks into the way in which Matthew Paris’s itinerary maps served as prompts for cloistered monastics to conduct imagined pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the centre of Christianity. Moreover, this paper aims at discussing the relationship between […]

King John and Arthur of Brittany

King John and Arthur of Brittany Powicke, F.M. English Historical Review, Vol.24 (1909) Abstract After studying, in the order of their composition, the authorities which refer to or discuss the death of Arthur and the alleged condemnation of King John by his peers in the French court, I have been led to feel considerable doubt concerning […]

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