Over 1,000 People Discovered at Medieval Cemetery underneath the University of Cambridge

Skeletons uncovered at cemetery below University of Cambridge. Photograph: St John's College, University of Cambridg

It is believed to be one of the largest graveyards of its kind found in Britain, with as many as 1500 people buried there.

15th-century copy of The Brus restored

The 1487 edition of The Brus, one of the two oldest remaining copies in existence, has been conserved and rebound for research and public display. - Credit: Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium

One of the oldest copies of The Brus – the epic poem about Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence – has been restored by the University of Cambridge.

Is the story of the Battle of Clontarf more fiction than fact?

Battle of Clontarf

The Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh is considered one of the most important sources about the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. However, new research is suggesting the tale is based more on the Trojan War than on historical sources.

The Rise of the French Language in Medieval Europe

French manuscript

A free exhibition, The Moving Word: French Medieval Manuscripts in Cambridge, begins today at Cambridge University Library.

Cambridge University Library plans to buy Codex Zacynthius

Codex Zacynthius - photo courtesy Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library wants to raise £1.1m to purchase the Codex Zacynthius, a medieval manuscript that offers new insights early Christianity.

What did the Renaissance man wear? Historian recreates outfit from the 16th century

What did the Renaissance man wear? Historian recreates outfit from the 16th century

In the sixteenth century an accountant in the German city of Augsburg named Matthäus Schwarz was busy moving up the social circles, and he did it in part by knowing the latest fashions and dressing well. By 1541 he succeeded in becoming a member of the nobility. Now his efforts are being recreated in an experimental research project at the University of Cambridge.

Reality and Truth in Thomas of York: Study and Text


The investigation is conducted through a study of opposites into which being is divided. These opposites are principally the one and the many, potency and act, truth and falsity.

How parasites went on Crusade


The contents of crusader latrines are helping researchers probe the history of parasite infections in humans.

Of Monks, Medieval Scribes, and Middlemen

Miniature of Gawain in a green robe seated before master Blaise, who is holding a knife and quill, writing down his adventures as he is telling them. Photo courtesy British Library

The copying of books was also slow, tedious, and very time-consuming; it took years for a scribe to complete ‘a particularly fine manuscript with colored initials and miniature art work.’

Secret histories of illuminated manuscripts: the MINIARE project

Secret histories of illuminated manuscripts: the MINIARE project

Secret histories of illuminated manuscripts: the MINIARE project From the University of Cambridge An innovative project at the University of Cambridge will uncover some of the hidden histories of illuminated manuscripts, thanks to the application of techniques more commonly found in scientific laboratories. The MINIARE project will help conservators repair priceless works of art and […]

Kaiserchronik – 12th century ‘Chronicle of Emperors’ to be published in landmark edition


One of the most important historical works of the 12th-century, the Kaiserchronik, will be the focus of a £1 million project to create a new landmark new edition.

Archaeologists discover 7th-century Anglo-Saxon teenager with golden cross

The Christian cross which was found in Trumpington Meadows, Cambs a site which has  been confirmed as one of the UK's earliest Christian burial sites. See MASONS story MNSAXON; Scientists have discovered the remains of one of Britain's first ever CHRISTIANS after unearthing an "excessively rare" 1,400 year old Anglo-Saxon burial site. The amazing grave contains the skeletal remains of a 16-year-old female Catholic convert lying on an ornamental bed clutching a gold and garnet cross. It is believed the girl, from the 7th century AD, was a member of nobility, persuaded to join the Christian faith after the Pope dispatched St Augustine to England in 597AD. St Augustine was a benedictine monk, known as the ‘Apostle to the English’, whose job was to convert Anglo-Saxon pagan kings and their families. Photo curtesy University of Cambridge

Extraordinary 7th century discovery on outskirts of Cambridge offers unique insights into the origins of English Christianity.

Viking mass grave linked to elite killers of the medieval world

Finds from the mass grave in Dorset. Credit: Lion TV.

A mass grave found in Dorset could belong to a crew of Viking mercenaries who terrorised Europe in the 11th century – according to a new documentary on National Geographic which pieces together the story behind the burial.

A Question of Fish: Graduates and their Monasteries in the Middle Ages

Cistercian monks

I would like to contend that the impact of monk graduates upon the shape of medieval monasticism was for most communities very much smaller than historians have tended to suggest.

Beauty and brutality: Iceland’s literary landscapes

Dr Emily Lethbridge  - Image courtesy University of Cambridge

Dr Emily Lethbridge is breathing new life and understanding into the centuries-old Sagas of Icelanders (Íslendingasögur) during a unique year-long research trip – conducted in 2011 from the back of a decommissioned Land Rover ambulance.

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