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Juggling the Middle Ages with Jan Ziolkowski

Episode 6 of The Medieval Podcast – The medieval tale Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler had been forgotten for centuries, but then was rediscovered in the 19th century. It rapidly became a very popular story, recreated in books, plays and films. Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington D.C. has opened the “Juggling the Middle Ages” exhibition to look at the medieval tale and its modern reinterpretation. Danièle is joined by Jan Ziolkowski, Director of Dumbarton Oaks, to talk about the exhibit.

The Juggling the Middle Ages exhibit runs until February 28, 2019. Click here to visit the exhibition website.


You can also read Richard Utz’ article Benign Medievalisms: The Juggling the Middle Ages Exhibit at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks

Jan Ziolkowski has written a set of books on The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity, which are freely available via Open Book Publishers:

Vol. 1: The Middle Ages
Vol. 2: Medieval Meets Medievalism
Vol. 3: The American Middle Ages
Vol. 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur
Vol. 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century
Vol. 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence


Jan Ziolkowski is the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Click here to visit his university webpage.

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute that includes supporting scholarship in the field of Byzantine and medieval studies. Click here to visit it’s website or follow them on Twitter @DumbartonOaks

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The host of The Medieval Podcast is Danièle Cybulskie. Click here to visit her website or follow her on Twitter @5MinMedievalist


Top Image: Juggling the Middle Ages, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. Photo by Courtney Randolph.


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