The smudges, splotches, and stains of medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts are often spectacles to behold, their intricate illustrations dazzling with jewel-toned pigments and gold leaf. But it’s the dark splotch, the fingerprint smudge, the stitched-together tear in the parchment that are the most exciting discoveries for University of Pennsylvania researcher Erin Connelly.

Medieval Instagram: Five accounts medievalists should follow

Did you know that Instagram is home to a lively and fast-growing community of medievalists too?

Collection of 3,000 medieval manuscripts now online

After centuries of separation, one of the most valuable collections of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age – the Bibliotheca Palatina – has been virtually reunited.

Global Medieval Sourcebook launched

A new website curated by Stanford faculty and students, the Global Medieval Sourcebook, translates medieval literature into English for the first time.

Augsburg Master Builders’ Ledgers now available online

The material offers incomparable insights into the medieval accounting practices in the City of Augsburg in the period 1320 to 1466.

Free Richard III MOOC returns

The latest run of the free ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, will be launching on Monday 27 February – and will offer a fascinating insight into life during 15th century England.

Digital Humanities at K’zoo: A Recap

DH projects seem to be springing out of the proverbial ground like so many mushrooms over the last few years.

Following the Leader: Erik Kwakkel on How and Why to Be an Online Medievalist

One of the best presentations I saw at the International Congress on Medieval Studies this year was by Erik Kwakkel from Leiden University.

Writing History in a Paperless World: Archives of the Future

The question I want to pose here concerns the form of archives that will be available to the historians of the early twenty-first century. Or put differently – what will be left behind of the contemporary present in lieu of paper for the future historians?

Medieval Monastic Library to be recreated online

Durham University and Durham Cathedral have teamed to digitally recreate a medieval monastic library.

Global Middle Ages Project launches website

The Global Middle Ages Project, founded in 2007 by Geraldine Heng and Susan Noakes, features six digital projects.

Medieval Treasures from the Digital.Bodleian

Last month, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford officially launched their Digital.Bodleian online resource, which allows users to view, download and share over 100,000 images going back to the Middle Ages.

The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015

The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds hosted the session The Twitterati: Using Twitter in Medieval Scholarship and Pedagogy – A Round Table Discussion. Over 300 tweets went out during talk, and here are some of the best. [View the story “The Medieval #Twitterati at #IMC2015 ” on Storify]  

Unique digital platform to explore Magna Carta through art

The project launched at Lincoln Castle yesterday on the eve of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the ‘Great Charter’.

Medium and the Middle Ages

Take a look at 15 articles on the Middle Ages that you can find on

Be A Part of Chaucer’s Tale

For many people, The Canterbury Tales is not only Geoffrey Chaucer’s great masterwork, but one of the cornerstones of English literature.

A Clerk of Oxford wins best History Blog of the Year award

Eleanor Parker’s blog A Clerk of Oxford has been named Blog of the Year during the Longman-History Today awards, which was held last week.

Great #MakeHistoryCute Tweets

History rarely trends on Twitter, so let’s celebrate having #MakeHistoryCute go viral and see what the Twitterverse is coming up with!

Free online course on the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta and its Legacy begins on Monday, January 12th and runs until February 20th.

King John gets his own App!

Anthem Press has just released an app for iPhones and iPads that looks at the reign of King John of England. Produced in in collaboration with Graham Seel, who wrote the book, King John: An Underrated King, it is free to download.

New Project to look at Medieval Miracles in the British Isles

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have started creating an online database to categorize the miracles found in saints’ lives that were written in Britain and Ireland between 500 and 1300.

Teaching the Middle Ages to K-12

Daniele Trynoski reports on Teaching the Middle Ages to K-12: Sites of Encounter in the Medieval World: The History Blueprint Approach

Medieval Friends: Inspire, by Andy Mcmillin

Find out why the title of her blog on all things medieval is very fitting.

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