Prostitution in the Medieval City

Brothel scene; Brunswick Monogrammist, 1537; Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Prostitution was a vice that was was considered a necessary evil because of “men’s lust”. Ecclesiastics felt that if brothels weren’t available to men in cities, they would find other inappropriate outlets for their entertainment. In an effort to curb potential problems, civic officials permitted prostitution to function within the city walls so long as it was regulated and turned a profit.

Imprisonment, Execution and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum

Yeoman Warder speaking to a group of school children at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Represent London, lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

The final talk in Sesson #1041, Engaging the Public with the Medieval World, looked at what English children are being taught in school. How much medieval history is in the new programme that was released in September 2014? Megan Gooch, Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces breaks down the English system for us in her paper, ‘Imprisonment, Execution, and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum’.

Making the Castle a Home: Creating an Immersive Medieval World Using Live Costumed Interpreters

To pardon or to punish? Children enjoying live stopped interpretation at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Past Pleasures.

How does the use of unscripted, adaptive, historical interpretation boost the tourist experience? Right on the heels of our look at the Tower of London’s visitor engagement, we heard a paper from Lauren Johnson, Research Manager for Past Pleasures, the oldest historical interpretation company in the UK who educate and entertain the public at historical sites, museums, on stage and and on TV.

The Experience of Growing Up in Medieval Society

Medieval Children - Omne Bonum - Royal 6 E.VII, f.67v (det). Wiki Commons.

This session (#508) was one of several at Leeds devoted to exploring childhood in the Middle Ages. Our presenters talked about the stereotypes of adolescence, and what the coroner’s rolls revealed about the deaths (and lives) of medieval children.

Medievalists come to Leeds for IMC

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The International Medieval Congress begins on Monday at the University of Leeds, drawing in over 2400 medievalists from from 46 countries around the world. The four-day conference is Europe’s largest annual gathering in humanities.

International Medieval Congress – Day 4

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Photos and tweets from the final day of the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

International Medieval Congress – Day 3

International Medieval Congress - Day 3

News, tweets and pictures from the third day at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds

International Medieval Congress – Day 2

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News, tweets and pictures from the second day at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds

International Medieval Congress – Day 1

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The news, tweets and videos coming from the first day of the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds

Ten Papers to Look Forward to at Leeds 2014

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The International Medieval Congress will be held this year at the University of Leeds from July 7th to July 10th.

International Medieval Congress to look at pleasure in the Middle Ages

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The world’s medievalists are at the University of Leeds as the 20th annual International Medieval Congress begins tomorrow.

Ten papers to look forward to at the International Medieval Congress 2013

International Medieval Congress 2013

Pleasure will be theme at this year’s International Medieval Congress, which will be held at the University of Leeds from July 1-4

18th International Medieval Congress set to begin next week in Leeds

International Medieval Congress

More than 1700 medievalists, including jousting knights, storytellers and harpists, will descend on Leeds next week for the 18th International Medieval Congress.

The weight of medieval armour could cause defeat in battle, new research finds

Wearing armor has been shown to use more than double the energy required to walk and run. Credit: Courtesy of the University of Leeds

Suits of armour may have made medieval soldiers feel safe, but modern scientists have found that they were so heavy and constricting they were likely to have limited performance and even influenced the outcome of battles. The research, by scientists at The University of Auckland, University of Leeds, and University of Milan, has been published […]

The ‘Big Society’ is a Medieval Society

Bodington Hall, University of Leeds

More than 1,600 experts on the Middle Ages have gathered at the International Medieval Congress, which began today at the University of Leeds. The academic conference is the biggest of its kind in the United Kingdom, and the largest medieval themed conference in Europe. This year’s focus will be the contentious themes of poverty and […]

International Medieval Congress begins next week

More than 1,600 experts from all over the world will come together and take a medieval look at the contentious themes of poverty and wealth, at a forthcoming conference at the University of Leeds. The 17th annual International Medieval Congress, organised by the University’s Institute for Medieval Studies, is the biggest academic event of its […]

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