A 10th century tale of a group of treasure hunters seeking out a castle. Here are the strange things they found.
What were the deeper reasons that drew the super-power of the time, Byzantium, into a protracted and ‘all-out’ conflict with the Arabs of Aleppo in the middle of the 10th century?
King Arthur goes on a quest to learn ‘the nature or the heart of a woman’. What did he find out?
It might seem like one of the more glamorous professions in the Middle Ages – as a priest you could run a church and offer moral leadership to your parishioners. But here are a few drawbacks to being a medieval priest.
Augustine, exponent and champion of Christian faith, displayed such knowledge of the poets in all his writings that there is scarcely a single letter or treatise of his which is not crowded with poetic ornament.
Here are twelve questions about the people, places and events of the twelfth-century. How many can you answer?
Are there differences between the character’s portrayal in the poem and the cinematic adaptations? To what extent has cinema reinvented monstrosity in Beowulf? How does this reflect our modern day view of humanity or the beast within?
Archaeologists digging along the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem on Mount Zion have announced the discovery of a ditch and artefacts that have been linked to siege and conquest of the city in 1099 during the First Crusade.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle shows how useful medieval history can be in helping us survive the imminent zombie apocalypse.
Leiden University Libraries and Brill Publishers have launched Codices Vossiani Graeci et Miscellanei Online – the digitized collection of famous Greek manuscripts and mixed Greek and Latin manuscripts of Isaac Vossius (1618-1689).
Later this month a memorial stone will be unveiled in a picturesque English churchyard to one of the most important figures in the history of women’s literature, more than six centuries after she passed away.
The Cloisters stands really as a beacon in northern Manhattan and its tower is visible to travelers from afar.
This presentation aims to arouse curiosity and questions about Singapore’s history by providing an overview of early Singapore’s connections with the region and beyond.
In this paper we examine a less explored area, namely the existing relationship between political stability and the economic success of the merchant elite
The Middle Ages are full of amazing tales, both fictional and true. This week, Peter Konieczny joins Danièle to talk about three of their favourite medieval stories.
This manual contains a great deal of seemingly plausible advice on how to engage in low-intensity warfare along the Byzantine-Islamic frontier across the Tauros and Anti-Tauros Mountains.
Long before Lindisfarne became known as one of the most isolated holy islands in Britain — second perhaps only to Iona — it was an area of great strategic importance.
How do you convince men to take a job on a medieval warship?
The Middle Ages are often portrayed as a time when people were filthy and crude. Did they even care about their appearance and behaviour?
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will be launching two art history courses that will allow students to experience it’s world-class medieval collection like never before.
Here is our list of ten key moments in the development of guns and gunpowder during the Middle Ages.
The designation Harnischrödel (rolls of armour) lumps together different kinds of urban inventories. They list the names of citizens and inhabitants together with the armour they owned, were compelled to acquire within their civic obligations, or were obliged to lend to able-bodied men
Here are five new books offering the texts and translations of medieval sources.
In his view, the world was naturally divided into separate kingdoms, like France and England, all of which claimed supreme authority within their borders.