In the 850s, ‘Arib of Samarra had a problem, and her name was Shariya. Shariya likewise had a problem, and her name was ‘Arib.
Call it hick, hayseed, or hillbilly: if you’re one of the rustici, you might be a medieval redneck.
It is not, strictly speaking, true that every Christian in late medieval Europe had the same six names.
The striking vision of Christ as a cook, a pharmacist, and a merchant fits right into Blannbekin’s physical world of Vienna and spiritual world of religious instruction.
What comes to mind when you think of medieval music?
Road travel in the Middle Ages was basically awful.
The stories of Guglielma of Milan and Na Prous Boneta of Montpelier – how they became associated with the Holy Spirit – and how the Catholic Church responded to them.
We all know that for a book to get noticed it needs a catchy title. Apparently, in the Middle Ages authors could think of some really great titles too!
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.
How do you convince men to take a job on a medieval warship?
Did medieval Europeans swim for fun?
By Cait Stevenson The mother’s traditional role as first teacher of virtue and religion began with suckling. It’s no wonder, then, that later…
Taking a look at where we else can find the Jewish community in the Middle Ages: the heart of battle.
An abbess fighting for her nuns, a scholar of humanism, and a historian of the Franciscans.
While Purim and Hanukkah in the Middle Ages already focused attention on two stellar women of Jewish history, Esther and Judith, the mode of celebration centered on the efforts of contemporary Jewish women as well!
Pola, who flourished in Rome at the turn of the fourteenth century, tells us three times, in three separate manuscripts, that she is the “daughter of R. Abraham the scribe.”
A good dramatic play in the Middle Ages might need a blazing hellmouth or a few rockets firing about.
Birthstones and their superpowers according to the Middle Ages
The extent of summer swimming in medieval Europe is a fairly open question. We know that some people certainly could swim, although the skill was rare enough to be remarked.
You know these manuscripts–most of them would make ‘most famous lists.’ But that means you know them by nickname. Do you also know them by shelfmark?
If the Renfair people can get this right, how does the Medieval Times menu perform?
Can you identify these iconic medieval manuscripts?
Oswald von Wolkenstein gives us twelve examples of what happens to drunk people.
In 1237, during the brief sequel of Latin rule, one Ethiopian monk decided to work this system to his—and his kingdom’s—advantage.