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The historical reputation of Edward IV, 1461-1725

This thesis comprises a chronological study of different historical accounts of Edward IV’s life and reign from his life until the early eighteenth century.

Henri de Mondeville (1260-1320): Medieval French Anatomist and Surgeon

He was a visionary anatomist, who taught the subject from a series of handmade, full-length illustrations, which, though rudimentary in terms of precise anatomical knowledge, marked a significant transformation in anatomical studies

The impact of the Franks on the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Frankish impact on communities was investigated through an exploration of the medieval landscape and seigneurial obligations, two attributes that affected all rural sites in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, regardless of other settlement characteristics.

Waste Management and Attitudes Towards Cleanliness in Medieval Central Europe

The paper deals with the relationships between people and waste in the Middle Ages, primarily in urban environments in Central Europe.

What it Means to be a Son: Adam, Language, and Theodicy in a Ninth-Century Dispute

Al-Jāḥiẓ’s epistle entitled Refutation of the Christians (al-Radd ʿalā al-Naṣārā) contains an account of a dispute that took place between his teacher al-Naẓẓām (d.835-845), al-Jāḥiẓ himself, and a third unnamed mutakallim, tentatively identified by David Thomas as Aḥmad b. Ḥāʾiṭ (or Ḥābiṭ or Khāʾiṭ) a Muʿtazilī theologian who studied under al-Jāḥiẓ’s teacher, al-Naẓẓām

The Assassin’s Creed Curriculum: Video Games and the Middle Ages

Of the 25 most popular video games, several take place within a medieval, or pseudo medieval, setting, such as Skyrim, World of Warcraft and the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This paper argues that rather than being distractions, video games can offer academic medievalists an exciting opportunity

How Norse is Skírnismál? A comparative case study

Skírnismál is thus neither a purely Norse nor a purely oral composition.

Geographies of Salvation: How to Read Medieval Mappae Mundi

Scholars who judge mappae mundi by medieval standards usually emphasize the salvific over the practical aspect. But were mappae mundi truly not ‘realistic’?

The features of Saint Louis

Extensive study into the figure of Louis IX lends to many-sided, even contradictory conclusions on his role. In the past, one has paid an almost maniacal attention to the physical appearance of the king, examining some images for a reflection, or indeed a portrait, of Saint Louis.

Lords of the North-Sea World

How can the lords of the North-Sea world be investigated and have their regional distinctiveness understood?

The Forgotten Beasts in Medieval Britain

This thesis identifies and discusses historical and literary sources describing four species in the process of reintroduction: lynx, large whale, beaver and crane.

Searching for Brunanburh: The Yorkshire Context of the ‘Great War’ of 937

The location of Brunanburh, however, is still an unsolved mystery. For the last 300 years or more, antiquarians and historians have puzzled over the question. Over thirty sites have been suggested, but none has passed rigorous scrutiny, let alone gained general acceptance.

Shieldmaidens in the Gesta Danorum (I-IX): The collective literary imaginary and history

In this thesis, I will investigate whether shieldmaidens’ symbolic meaning in the collective imaginary had originates in a timeless heritage or whether they are the re-elaboration of specific figures.

Maps, Monsters and Misericords: From Creation to Apocalypse

This survey of maps and misericords suggests that the other has persistently been envisioned as strange and threatening and thus a constant challenge that tests morality.

Uncovering the glass-industry in 9th century Iraq

Analysis of chemical composition of glass specimens allows reconstruction of glass supply and exchange networks in the Abbasid Caliphate

Origins of nature tourism in imperial China

The emergence of nature tourism in early medieval China can be attributed to four major factors, including transformation of value orientations, seeking longevity, interest in suburbs and population migration.

Spectacle, Power and Romanness in Byzantium: The Use of Roman Heritage in the Ceremonial Practices in the Hippodrome (10th-century)

This thesis will provide a case study in the debate on Byzantine identity by analysing how the Byzantine emperor projected an image of himself to Byzantine society in ritual and ceremonial.

What is Universal about History?

Here I want to concentrate on three issues relevant to good historical practice with a global consciousness.

The Wedding Reception: Rewriting the Ideological Challenge in the prose Cligès (1454)

The present study proposes the punctual examination of one such narrative and hermeneutic strategy in a Burgundian text, the mise en prose of Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligès.

Encounters in the Ruins: Latin Captives, Franciscan Friars and the Dangers of Religious Plurality in the early Mongol Empire

For the historian wishing to investigate forms of religious encounter, the complexities and ambiguities of life in the Mongol camps are enticing

Staging deaths: King Sverre or a usurper’s path to the throne

The present study explores how the Norwegian usurper, King Sverre (1184-1202) exploited three princely burials to overthrow the ruling king and establish his dynasty.

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