The Power of Medieval States – A Report from the Year 1423

Map of Europe in 1430, created by Lynn H. Nelson

A 15th-century Venetian report estimates on the military and economic strength of the kingdoms and states of Europe

A Tale of too Many Romes: Competing Byzantine and Medieval Claims to Roman Legacy

Map of the Roman Empire, by John Speed

Likewise in the Middle Ages, Rome’s legacy was contested among many powers and interested parties. The eastern (Byzantine) and western (German) emperors insisted that each was the sole legitimate owner of the title ‘Emperor of the Romans.’

Isabeau of Bavaria, Anne of France, and the History of Female Regency in France

Christine de Pisan presenting her book to queen Isabeau of Bavaria. Illuminated miniature from The Book of the Queen - from British Library MS Harley 4431

With Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria the history of female regency in France takes a turn of the greatest importance, moving towards a conception of regency as a proxy reign for the king exercised ideally by the queen mother.

The Peaceful Part of the Norman Conquest of England

William the Conqueror

What happened between the Battle of Hastings and William’s coronation on Christmas Day, 1066?

Elizabeth of York, Queen of England

Portrait of Elizabeth of York, now at the National Portrait Gallery

Elizabeth of York symbolized the epitome of the perfect medieval queen. She was beautiful, charitable, and beloved by the people.

The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration and Political Development in Medieval Europe

Map of the Crusades from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1862 edition, by Edward Gibbon

This paper argues that crusader mobilization had important implications for European state formation.

Europe’s Many Worlds and Their Global Interconnections

Map of Europe by Vincenzo Coronelli c 1690

First, I will discuss the three Europes of the Middle Ages: the tri-continental Mediterranean-centred World, the Northern World originating in Scandinavia, and the intermediate Europe north of the Alpine mountains and south of the Baltic Sea.

Power and Politics at the time of King Harald Bluetooth, Denmark

Runeside of Harald Bluetooth's great Jelling stone at the church in Jelling, Denmark - Photo by  Jürgen Howaldt

He was the Harald that won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made pagans Christian, and that is fairly easy to read, but what did he exactly say? What does it meant when he says he won for himself all of Denmark?

The Two Wives of Robert II, King of Scotland

The seal of Robert II, King of Scotland.

Robert II, King of Scots and grandson of Robert the Bruce was a handsome, charming man who had many descendants. He not only had two wives who had numerous children but many mistresses who had babies as well.

Czechs and Poles in the Middle Ages: Rivalry, Cooperation and Alliances

Map of Europe, drawing of c. 1570

The article contains a description of the development of Czech-Polish relations in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Lisbon: Castelo de São Jorge

Walking along the castle walls, you can see the red and green flag of Portugal whipping in the wind alongside the black and white flag of the city. Photo by Medievalists.net.

Above Lisbon’s skyline of colourful tiled houses and red roofs lies Castelo de São Jorge, a dominating, but beautiful, 11th century fortress in the heart of this vibrant city…

Medieval Queens and Queenship: the Present Status of Research in Income and Power

This representation of Margaret of Anjou comes from Illuminations From the Books of the Skinners Company, AD 1422. It was entered in the roll of the fraternity of Our Lady in 1475.

This paper presents some thoughts and conclusions on the state of a multidisciplinary field of Medieval Studies, queens and queenship, concentrating mainly on issues of income and power.

Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

Medieval Empires

Medieval Empires

Throughout the medieval era, many multi-ethnic states emerged – some lasting for just a generation, while others would endure for centuries. Here is our list of twenty empires from the Middle Ages, starting with the most successful.

The First Great Divergence?

EURASIA

The ‘Papal Revolution’ in late eleventh and early twelfth century western Europe and the unsuccessful campaign by Wang An Shi and his followers to reform the imperial administration of Song China at just the same time are regarded as critical turning points in their respective histories.

Barbarian envoys at Byzantium in the 6th century

Diptych Barberini Louvre - photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (2011)

We intend to focus on the possibility of deciphering a barbaric point of view regarding the relations with the Byzantine Empire, at the beginning of the Middle Ages, when the narrative sources that are available to us have a Byzantine origin, or, when referring to barbarian kingdoms in the West, they are profoundly influenced by Roman and Roman-Byzantine traditions.

Eadgifu, Anglo-Saxon Queen

Anglo Saxon Lady (9th Century) - photo by Paul Walker / Flickr

What little historical records we have pertaining to Queen Eadgifu tell us she exercised considerable power.

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

During Richard’s protectorate he was responsible, as far as we know, for four executions for treason

The Thirteenth Century International System and the Origins of the Angevin-Piast Alliance

18th century map of Europe - map of Europe first issued by Daniel de La Feuille in 1702.

The central question of this study is what inspired Charles I and Władysław Łokietek to establish a dynastic marriage in 1320 and in what context it happened.

Henry III and Magna Carta 1225

Henry III and Magna Carta 1225

Now at the end of 1215 you would have thought this charter was a failure, without a future. Why is that?

Game of Thrones – East and West, Constantinople and Rome, Emperor and Bishop

Alexander Evers

The following is a tale of the struggle between the Emperors of Constantinople and the the Bishops of Rome

Chronicles and Politics in the Reign of Edward II

Edward II - photo by Holly Hayes. (Flickr)

Historians have tended to give more weight to sources such as governmental and legal records than to chronicles, not least because so many survive. They open up areas of history impossible to access through chronicles alone, and they also provide a much more precise and detailed political narrative.

Foundation Myths in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Plaque of Regola, the VII rione of Rome. (Dailyphotostream.blogspot.com)

The 3 papers featured here looked at the development of the civic identities of Florence, Genoa and Rome through art, architecture and foundation legends.

Dynastic Politics: Five Women of the Howard Family During the Reign of Henry VIII, 1509-1547

Portrait study of Mary, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset.

The Howards were the most important noble dynasty of Henry VIII’s reign. Tudor political history cannot be written without them; they lived their lives at its core, in the shadow of the Crown.

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