The Medieval Cathedral: From Spiritual Site to National Super-Signifier

Cologne Cathedral - Photo by globetrotter_rodrigo / Flickr

Although the cathedrals were often mutilated, emptied of their relics, treasures, and clergy, their close association with national glory and the sense of fascination that association had brought about kept them from being closed or destroyed entirely.

The Knights of the Front: Medieval History’s Influence on Great War Propaganda

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The article makes the argument that the realities of the First World War shattered the chivalrous and romantic ideals of war so completely that the concepts and images were no longer appropriate for use as propaganda.

The Diverse Pedagogies of Medievalism

Diverse Pedagogies of Medievalism

This roundtable explored some of the many pedagogies of medievalism in the modern academy. To what purposes is medievalism taught, and how? Using what texts and in what contexts?

Can We Talk About Religion, Please? Medievalism’s Eschewal of Religion, and Why it Matters

Photo by Geraint Rowland / Flickr

With this essai I would like to advocate for a reconsideration of religion as an essential topic for medievalism studies.

When Reality Becomes Fantasy: How Video Games are Hijacking the Middle Ages

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“The Middle Ages is a space where White Supremecy is legitimised. The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’ to legitimise this kind of literacy.’

Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Medievalism, Satanism, and the Dark Illumination of the Self in the Aesthetics of Black Metal

The basement of Helvete, showing graffiti from the early 1990s - Photo by Marieke Kuijjer

The upside-down world of Satanic black metal is uncanny, both familiar in its use of inverted tropes and schemes and yet completely ‘other’ to those on the outside looking in, including Christians and consumers of mainstream popular culture.

Beowulf and the Comic Book: Contemporary Readings

Beowulf dragon slayer

This paper explores the appropriation of the Old English poem by modern popular culture in such a distinctive 20th-century art-form as the comic book, which proves that a heroic, legendary story already old for the Anglo-Saxons —it was set in geardagum, ‘the ancient days’— still elicits the interest of the audience in the modern world.

Primetime Paganism: Popular-Culture Representations of Europhilic Polytheism in Game of Thrones and Vikings

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This article provides a critical examination of the politico-religious content of the highly successful television series Game of Thrones and Vikings.

From Runes to Ruins: Documentary looks at rediscovering the Anglo-Saxon past

tom rowsell from runes to ruins

In his latest film, From Runes to Ruins, Tom Rowsell examines how people in England are reclaiming their Anglo-Saxon heritage, including its religion.

Genre Medievalisms: Geek Goes Chic!

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO's, 'Game of Thrones'. Photo courtesy of (TV Guide)

Is Cersei a collection of bad medieval stereotypes? Have nerds gone mainstream? Were American cowboys a modern retelling of the medieval knight? Put down that comic, put away your bag of dice, and indulge your inner nerd.

Reinventing the Hero: Gardner’s Grendel and the Shifting Face of Beowulf in Popular Culture

John Gardner Grendel

In twentieth- and twenty-first century Anglophone culture, the impact of Beowulfiana — what we call that amorphous mass of materials that have accumulated around the poem — has been widespread yet subtle.

’I’m gonna git Medieval on your ass’: Pulp Fiction for the 90s – the 1190s

Pulp Fiction medieval

We feel confident in asserting that there are any number of telling informative analogies between Pulp Fiction and medieval chivalric literature, particularly Arthurian romance.

Medieval Baltimore: Using American Medievalism to Teach about the European Middle Ages

Baltimore - photo by Tony Brooks / Flickr

The article describes the experience of teaching undergraduate college students the history of Medieval Europe through individual research projects using the city of Baltimore (USA), its buildings, monuments, museums, and the professional medievalists working and residing in the area.

Live Role-play of Medieval Fantasy and its relationship to the Media

Larping - photo by Kaza Marie Ayersman / Flickr

Medieval Fantasy, as an entertainment genre, supplements historical images of the Middle Ages with elements of myth in adventure stories featuring magicians, knights and ladies, castles, dragons, swords, and sorcery that are routinely consumed and absorbed.

Lessons from the Viking Lifestyle

Ingrid Galadriel Aune Nilsen

‘I am here to talk to you about my life as a Viking and how it has changed and shaped my personality and the way I view several aspects of today’s society, and how I started hunting for the authentic experience.’

A Viking Pacifist? The Life of St Magnus in Saga, Novel, and Opera

The statue of St Magnus of Orkney -  photo by Mike Atherton

Vikings settled in, and ruled, many parts of the British Isles and Ireland, but of these areas only the Norse earldom of Orkney has a whole Icelandic saga devoted to its early history.

The Beginning of Medieval Historical Fiction: Ten Novels from the 19th century

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Historical fiction was just beginning as literary genre in the 19th century, but soon authors found success in writing about stories set in the Middle Ages.

This Game We Play – capturing the SCA over three years

Image courtesy Euan Forrester Photography

Photographer Euan Forrester spent three years following the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) to better understand about the organization and the people who take part in it. He has now created a short film that showcases the wonderful photographs of their events: Euan took in events from the northwest United States and Canada – known in SCA […]

Popular Vikings: constructions of Viking identity in twentieth century Britain

Jorvik Viking Festival - photo by Alice / Flickr

Although the Viking Age ended nearly a millennium ago, today Viking images are everywhere, functioning as tourist attractions, marketing devices, role models, and sources of regional/national pride and identity.

Hemingway’s Twentieth-Century Medievalism

Ernest Hemingway in 1946

This study shows how ‘twentieth-century medievalism’ provides a unified fictional microcosm for the novel and serves as a backdrop from which Hemingway projects his uniquely medieval modern-world tragedy.

Bad Heritage: The Vikings in North America

Vikings in Newfoundland - photo by Douglas Sprott / Flickr

I’ll propose that few times are more Immemorial than the medieval, which I think helps explain why the North American Norse have been promoted so heavily. It’s not just their priority among European arrivals; it’s that they’re medieval arrivals.

Medieval Books for Christmas

The Middle Ages - Johannes Fried

It’s that time of year again – the mad scramble for the perfect Christmas gift for the historian, nerd, avid reader on your list. Here are a few suggestions for you – new releases for December and January!

Medievalism and the Fantasy Heroine


While the reliance of the fantasy market on medieval motifs – its reliance on medievalism, to be more precise – is not news, there remain a few thoughts to be articulated about the means by which so many popular female protagonists continue to have staying power and high market value within particular systems of power, systems familiar to the medievalist even when decontextualized, displaced and relocated elsewhere in the space–time continuum of the imagination.

Medievalisms and Others: Exploring Knights and Vikings at the Movies

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusae

This thesis deals with medievalism within medieval cinema and how certain social groups are represented within these cultural productions.

Medievalism on the Move: Open Access in the Academy

Open Access in the Academy

Panel discussion held at the 29th International Conference on Medievalism, on October 24, 2014

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