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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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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