Managing access to clean water and large quantities of grain and other foodstuffs was essential for the development of an exceedingly large city such as Baghdad under the Abbasids.Managing access to clean water and large quantities of grain and other foodstuffs was essential for the development of an exceedingly large city such as Baghdad under the Abbasids.
A conversation with Sergey Ivanov on the monuments, buildings, and ruins of the Byzantine phase of the City’s history. We talk about how to explore them, how to access their history, and even get a feel for the lingering presence of the events that took place in them. We ponder what has been lost and what might yet be found.
The urban wall that once enclosed St. Peter’s Basilica and its neighborhood is one of the best-preserved monuments of medieval Rome, but seldom gets the love it deserves.
What were the kinds of jobs that medieval people did in a city government? A book from 14th-century London offers details about the positions and roles of civic officials in that city, ranging from the Mayor to Scavengers.
When poop and entrails filled the Thames. Dealing with urban pollution in the Middle Ages.
What trade should the child of a medieval peasant learn?
Exploring how thinking through microplace might open up new possibilities for historians, bringing together research, imagination, and varied tools for immersive, experiential analysis and interpretation.
Just how dirty was medieval Paris? And what did people do with their waste? This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Emily Hutchison about sanitation in the Middle Ages.
We know that medieval cities could be crowded and space could be in short supply. There are even some places where people lived in what we would call apartment buildings.
A history of not-so-private privies in the Middle Ages.
The five most common jobs were farming, carpentry, butchery, shoemaking and Church-related work.
How can this be, and what does it say about both medieval policing and the movement of people in the Middle Ages?
Here is our list of the ten most important cities in the medieval world – we looked for those that had enduring significance throughout the Middle Ages. Today, some of these places remain leading global centres, while others are mostly known for the countless tourists they attract.
A look at how misteries, guilds and fraternities worked to create a sense of community for the masons of medieval London.
For about three centuries, the coastal town of Blankenberge would send to the nearby city of Bruges a porpoise. A new study examines this tradition and why it happened.
This article looks at the urban farmers of medieval France and discusses the roles of the gardens that were found throughout medieval cities.
Judith Herrin addresses the status of Ravenna as the Byzantine Empire’s outpost in the West
This article provides an overview of the roles and place of women in artisanal guilds in late medieval southern France
The Accursed Tower and Tower of the Flies were the infamous defences of the city of Acre. Strange legends surround both towers, and they would prove to be formidable challenges to besieging armies during the Crusades.
Unique research into skeletons from the 13th century aims to determine health status, origin and lifestyle
The article presents an overview description of medieval Alexandria, based on the integration of archaeological finds, Muslim historiography, and medieval travelogues, with Geniza documents.
This article uses studies of individual towns, together with civic records and Leland’s Itinerary, to examine the sources and technologies of urban water supplies, the origins of civic piped water systems, their relationships to other local systems, finance, management and oversight.
This dissertation is an exploration of Genoese institutionalism that demonstrates the way grain and grain distribution were intertwined with state debt and public spending in the exercise of political power in the medieval urban republic under the fourteenth-century government of Simone Boccanegra (r. 1339–1363) and his successors.
The city of Ichijôdani served as the capital of Echizen Province for approximately one century during Japan’s late medieval period.