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What we are learning about the Newport Medieval Ship

A team of maritime historians and archaeologists, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has published compelling new evidence about the remains of the largest and best-preserved late medieval ship ever discovered.

Large-scale whaling in northern Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This view is held by archaeologists from Uppsala and York whose findings are presented in the European Journal of Archaeology.

Cadw to take over Caergwrle Castle

Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government, has reached an agreement to become the custodian of Caergwrle Castle. This will be forty-third castle in Cadw’s care, but the first to be added in 25 years.

Campaign for Second Viking Coloring Book is Live on Kickstarter

Help support the creation of Volume 2 of The Viking Coloring Book on Kickstarter.

Stolen Christopher Columbus letter found, returned to Spain

US government officials announced last week the recovery of a 525-year-old copy of Christopher Columbus’ letter describing his discoveries in the Americas.

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Medieval Articles

Voyagers in the Vault of Heaven: The Phenomenon of Ships in the Sky in Medieval Ireland and Beyond

This paper explores the phenomenon of ships voyaging in the sky. Such fantastical sightings are considered primarily in an early medieval Irish context, but evidence from places as widely separated in time and place as thirteenth-century England and eighteenth-century Canada is also addressed.

Viking invasions, a French failure?

Vikings never interested French Historians. Pagan, illiterate, barbaric, Germanic, everything was despicable in the eyes of the French Historians of the 19th century.

Dress pins from Anglo-Saxon England

This thesis examines the development, production and function of dress pins in Anglo- Saxon England.

The Day the Sun Turned Blue: A Volcanic Eruption in the Early 1460s and Its Possible Climatic Impact—A Natural Disaster Perceived Globally in the Late Middle Ages?

Strange atmospheric phenomena visible all over Europe in September 1465 are interpreted as the result of a volcanic dust veil, possibly originating from a re-dated eruption of Kuwae in Vanuatu, in the southwestern Pacific.

Rómverja saga: an introduction and a translation

Rómverja saga is an Old Icelandic translation of three Latin works on historical themes from the classical period. In this thesis, I provide the first English translation of this little-known text in the hope that it might prove a resource for scholars interested in the reception of Latin literature in the medieval period.

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All about the Middle Ages

The Saga of Aron Hjorleifsson

The Saga of Aron Hjorleifsson Translated by John Porter Published by Pirate Press circa 1975 This saga was written around 1340 and deals with events from the first half of the 13th  century.  It follows the life of Aron Hjorleifsson, who was a follower of Bishop Gudmund Arason at Holar, one of Iceland’s two bishops.  Bishop […]

Ten Things You May Not Have Noticed in the Bayeux Tapestry

The designer of the Bayeux Tapestry also included little details that might be missed by the casual viewer. Here are ten images to take a second look at!

The most popular boys’ names in Tudor England

What were the most popular names for boys in England during the 16th century?

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

We begin with several images depicting the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, which took place of December 29, 1170, followed by another 30 interesting medieval manuscript images that have been tweeted out in the last seven days.

How well do you know Beowulf?

It is one of the most popular epic tales from the Middle Ages. If you have read Beowulf, can you remember what’s missing from these ten passages?

Top 15 Etsy Picks for a Medievalist

  Let’s face it, it’s just plain difficult to find the perfect gift sometimes! You want it to be unique, a great match for the recipient, a sign of your affection and esteem, and maybe even have a little medieval flair. We’ve scoured the world of Etsy for the weird, wonderful, and medieval products available […]

10 Fun Fashion Facts from the Middle Ages

Here are ten fascinating fashion facts for your enjoyment (I’ve saved my favourites for last).

Why Medieval: Annamaria Kovacs

I think it all started in grade school back in Hungary when my history teacher first threw his key at the boys who wouldn’t stop talking during his class. Let me explain that. He was an older gentleman, in a country where individualism and any deviation from the official doctrine was at minimum frowned upon […]

Can You Identify These Medieval Weapons By Name?

Do you know the names of each of these different weapons?

A Medieval Peace Movement

‘It was truly an extraordinary thing, an amazing business!’ – the Bianchi in 1399 – a medieval peace movement in Italy

Which Historical Figure Should You Be For Halloween?

Trick or Treat!

Palm Sunday in Medieval Manuscripts

How Palm Sunday was depicted in two of the most important illuminated manuscripts of Medieval Europe: The Isabella Breviary and Bible Moralisée of Naples.

Medieval Movie Review: Outcast

The emphasis of ‘Outcast’ was on stunts, not facts, language, costumes, weapons, geography, chronological timelines, or other elements inherent in a historical fiction plot.

Medieval Animal Trials

Why were animals put on trial – for murder or for eating crops – in the Middle Ages?

10 things you might not know about British cathedrals

Discover 10 curious facts you might not know about Great Britain’s most famous cathedrals.

Medieval Videos

The archaeology of the Black Rat in Roman to Medieval Europe

David Orton is Lecturer in Zooarchaeology at the University of York

Medieval Youtube: From Byzantine anime to best medieval video games so far this year

Here are ten Youtube videos from the last month that will inform, entertain, and delight medievalists.

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Medieval Books

Book Review: Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

Beyond its incredible, stunning pictures, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders by Sherry C.M. Lindquist and Asa Simon Mittman, explores the medieval love of monsters in all their glory and complexity in a book that transcends its purpose as an accompaniment to an exhibit – it’s a book in which to lose yourself in your love of medieval manuscripts.

Glass Island, by Gareth Griffith

Read an excerpt from Glass Island, a debut novel by Gareth Griffith, set in 6th century Britain.

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Medieval Movies & TV

10 Medieval Short Films

Need to have some medieval-themed binge viewing? Here are ten short films from Youtube and Vimeo that will take you back to the Middle Ages.

Medievalists at the Movies: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premiered May 2017 MAN CANDY ALERT! When I sat down to watch “King Arthur” over this past weekend, I was a bit apprehensive. This big-budget, big-name feature film didn’t last very long in theaters (never a good sign) and it received overall negative reviews (typically, not always, not a […]

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NEW! The Medieval Magazine, No. 111: HAGIOGRAPHY

In this issue, we look at hagiography, the medieval cult of saints, alchemy, visit Prague and visit del Escorial, Spain.

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