Brus versus Balliol, 1291-1292: The Model for Edward I’s Tribunal
Brus versus Balliol, 1291-1292: The Model for Edward I’s Tribunal By G. Neilson Scottish Historical Review, vol. 16 (1918) Click here to read/download…
The Cantar de Mio Cid: A Morphological-Syntagmatic Analysis of the Exile of the Cid
The Cantar de Mio Cid: A Morphological-Syntagmatic Analysis of the Exile of the Cid By Jack J. Himelblau eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies, vol.6…
Rethinking the Arthurian Legend Transmission in the Iberian Peninsula
Rethinking the Arthurian Legend Transmission in the Iberian Peninsula By J. Conde de Lindquist eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies vol.7 (2006) Click here to…
Legal Fictions: Literature and Law in Grisel y Mirabella
The plot of Grisel y Mirabella is relatively simple. A Scottish king has but one child, a daughter, Mirabella. Although she has many noble suitors, her father refuses to allow her to marry. Because her beauty causes conflicts between knights and nobles, the king imprisons her in a tower to prevent her suitors from killing each other.
Portuguese Crypto-Jewish Ballads: A Passagem do Mar Vermelho and A Pedra Mara
Some New Christians managed to escape abroad, founding Jewish communities in Bordeaux, London, Amsterdam, and other cities (Azevedo 359-430). With the union of the Portuguese and Spanish crowns (1580-1640), the number of those who moved to Spain and its American colonies was so great that the word “Portuguese” became practically synonymous with “Jew.”
In Search of Paradise: Time and Eternity in Alfonso X’s Cantiga 103
The story told in Alfonso’s cantiga 103 is not original to his court writers. In fact, as has been made abundantly clear in several studies to date (Hans-Jörg [Aarne-Thomson] 471A (“The Monk and the Bird”),4 Wagner, and Röhrich 124-45), the cantiga story is a variation of a legend that had already existed for at least one hundred years before its inclusion in the Cantigas collection (the compilation of which took place during the years spanning from 1257 to 1283).
Women, Suicide, and the Jury in Later Medieval England
Were medieval jurors more inclined to condemn female self‐killers to a suicide’s death because of the familiar figure of the mad, possessed woman?
Representations of Anglo-Saxon England in Children’s Literature
The way in which children’s authors have translated medieval history into their own “historicity” has changed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as popular and scholarly attitudes toward the Middle Ages have changed. Looking at these changes, my purpose in this thesis will be to answer two questions: why would children’s authors draw upon Anglo-Saxon England for their subject matter? And, what relevance does children’s literature have for an audience of medievalists?
“Alien” Encounters in the Maritime World of Medieval England
This essay explores these encounters, whether on English shores, on board ship, or abroad in foreign ports.
Roger of Powys, Henry II’s Anglo-Welsh Middleman, and His Lineage
Roger of Powys, Henry II’s Anglo-Welsh Middleman, and His Lineage By Frederick Suppe The Welsh History Review, vol.21:1 (2002) Introduction: In his play…
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An Interview with Christopher Dinsdale, author of Stolen Away
An Interview with Christopher Dinsdale, author of Stolen Away Stolen Away is the second book written by Christopher Dinsdale. Aimed at younger readers,…
Interview with Natalie Zemon Davis
Natalie Zemon Davis is a Professor of History (Emeritus) at Princeton University and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.
Interview with Florin Curta
Florin Curta is the Associate Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida. After working as an archaeologist in Romania,…
Interview with János Bak, Central European Medieval Texts Series
János Bak is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University (CEU), in Budapest. He is also one of the…
Sources on the First Crusade: Insights from Three Editors
In the last few months we have seen three important accounts of the First Crusade. Each text offers new perspectives on the pilgrimage/campaign/movement…
Enamel Defects, Well-being and Mortality in a Medieval Danish Village
Biological anthropologists are in the unique position of being able to analyze human skeletal remains in order to reconstruct health, nutrition, environmental stress, disease and mortality experiences, in past populations. Skeletal assemblages have the potential to tell us about many types of individuals – rich, poor, male, female, young, old, healthy and sick.
Brian Boru: King, High-King, and Emperor of the Irish
This dissertation studies the career of Brian ‘Bórumha’ mac Cennétig from its beginning with his election to the kingship of his ancestral kingdom of Dál Cais in 976 until his death as the high-king of Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
Expositiones sequentiarum: Medieval Sequence Commentaries and Prologues. Editions with Introductions
The sequence commentary, part of the vast commentary literature of the Middle Ages, emerged in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as a new field for writing expositions on liturgical poetry. It is, however, a genre that has been practically neglected by modern research.
Church and nation: The discourse on authority in Ericus Olai’s Chronica regni Gothorum (c. 1471)
The Chronica regni Gothorum or Chronicle of the realm of the Goths is the first Swedish national history in Latin prose. It was completed after 1471 by a member of the Uppsala cathedral chapter, Ericus Olai, who, arguably, intended his work primarily for the readership of his own arch see. Ericus professed to compile a history of the Swedish realm from the birth of Christ until his own time and according to the succession of kings and bishops governing from Uppsala.
The Birka Warrior: the material culture of a martial society
The warriors from Birka’s Garrison had a share in the martial development of contemporary Europe but with their own particular traits.
Animals in an Urban Context. A Zooarchaeological study of the Medieval and Post-Medieval town of Turku
This study aims to reveal what the role and importance of the different animal species in Turku was. This question is studied through the osteological data and documentary evidence, from the medieval to the post‐medieval period and from an urban‐rural perspective.
Between Herbals et alia: Intertextuality in Medieval English Herbals
The study points out the close relationship between medical recipes and recipe-like passages in herbals (recipe paraphrases). The examples of recipe paraphrases show that they may have been perceived as indirect instruction.
The Sovereign and His Counsellors : Ritualised Consultations in Muscovite Political Culture, 1350s-1570s
Muscovite understanding of how the autocratic ruler and his subjects should interact with each other was explicitly expressed in ritualised con- sultations between the sovereign and his counsellors. In my work, I endeavour to answer the question of how these consultations met the ide- ological needs of the autocracy and the requirements of the state adminis- tration.
Clothing in Medieval Europe
The following is a powerpoint presentation that examines how clothing was worn in the Middle Ages. It deals with the clothing worn by…