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A Singular and Plural Beast

In the early Middle Ages, the pig was a caricature for greed, dirt, and disorder (and not much has changed).

Medieval Youtube: Sweet sounds and how to fight like you were in the Middle Ages

Our monthly roundup of videos, including music, fighting and Sweden’s largest medieval festival.

Henry III and the Communication of Power

This lecture considers how Henry used art to justify monarchy at the dawn of what is commonly termed the parliamentary state.

How the borders of Italy changed during the Middle Ages

These maps show the changing medieval borders of the states found on the Italian peninsula.

Scroll through the Bayeux Tapestry with this facsimile edition

Our friends at Facsimile Finder have created this video that shows them scrolling through a special facsimile version of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Combining disciplines to better understand the population in medieval Trondheim, Norway

The emerging picture is one of a heterogenous population, diverse in most respects, and with clear similarities to modern day urban populations.

Robin Hood, King Arthur, and Hollywood’s Problem with Public Domain Properties

Why does Hollywood keep making Robin Hood and King Arthur movies even though no one cares about them?

Medieval Youtube: From Mudlarking to the Bell

Eleven more videos from the last month(ish), telling you all about the Middle Ages.

“A translator is not free”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Guidelines for Translation and Their Application in Sir Orfeo

While bemoaning his struggles with translating the Middle English poem “Pearl,” Tolkien declared to his aunt, Jane Neave, that ‘a translator is not free”: but he neglected to delineate the specific rules by which he believed translators were shackled.

Performance and female preaching in late medieval and early modern Europe

This paper will argue that the key to recognizing female participation in late medieval and early modern preaching is to understand the diverse methods of communication that women used to ‘preach’ sermons.

Heart, Hand, and Mind: Grasping the Cross in Early Medieval England

Far removed from the bodies they once adorned and the graves which from which they were unearthed gold cross pendants richly inlaid with garnets sit behind glass in various museums in Great Britain.

The Story of Durham Cathedral in LEGO

Durham Cathedral has created this wonderful set of videos – using LEGO – to tell their medieval story.

Writing the Life of Charlemagne

For the last few years I have been really preoccupied with writing a biography of Charles, King of the Franks, born in 748, King of the Franks in 768, died 813. So I’m going to spend the next little bit talking about biographies and Charles as a subject of them.

The Italian “commercial revolution”: an archaeological reading

Archaeology tells us more about how commerce really worked than written texts do, but it has not been used enough to construct historical narratives on its own; this lecture will offer one.

Race, Monstrosity, and the Other in Medieval Art

The ways that medieval artists and writers demonized cultural outsiders, transforming religious and racial others into monsters, framing poverty and impairment as sin, and characterizing women as inherently deviant and dangerous.

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.

Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna

Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara.

The Architectural Setting of English Romanesque Sculpture

Malcolm Thurlby considers English Romanesque sculpture in the context of its architectural matrix, focusing on specific carved elements such as portals, tympana, capitals, and figural reliefs.

What We Knew About Medieval Persian Cuisine

We know some things about Sassanian cuisine in directly or by inference. For instance they Persians have taken up on idea of sugar, which had been obtained from sugar cane sap in India and developed a theory about the kind of a super refined white sugar coat. And that they had taken the first steps down the road to the despair for our dentists by exploring syrup.

History from the Bottom Up

Betsy Dominguez shares her story of uncovering profane artwork in a sacred space, and explores its meaning, raising questions about modern censorship and the ever-growing divide between “high” and “low” concepts.

Medieval Youtube: From saving manuscripts to pee jokes

Our latest roundup of videos found over the last month on Youtube that will be a delight to medievalists.

Companions, Servants or Signifiers?: The Role of Assistance Dogs in the Late Middle Ages

Medieval dogs as companions were most valuable in providing humans with emotional and material support.

The Codex Faenza and the Tradition of Improvisation

Laura Osterlund lecture on, and performance of, the music in the Codex Faenza.

How Law Was Taught at a Medieval University

Jason A. Brown focus on a medieval manuscript to show how law was taught in medieval universities.

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