Scenes from Lérian et Lauréolle - Tapestry - 16th century Musee de Cluny

Travelling in the Middle Ages

Exciting exhibition at the Bargello in Firenze tells the story of medieval travellers and their journeys. Lots of fascinating objects and beautiful art invite us to discover the joys of Slow Travelling…

Medieval Bridge Near Walsingham

Medieval Travel Guides

Plan to go travelling medieval style? Here is a list of books, which will tell you all about how people in the Middle Ages went about it…


The Trail of Medieval Hospices

This is not a walk for the fainthearted. However, if you embark on the trail, chances are you will get a real sense of what it was to pass through the mountains from medieval Germany and into Italy as a medieval pilgrim…

Medieval truck-stop in krakau in Peissen

Medieval Truck-Stop excavated

Where to Park your Horse? What is on the daily menu? Archaeologists have found the remains of a long-haul truck-stop near Peissen in Sachsen–Anhalt on the road between Hannover and Dresden…

Angel Inn in Andover © Anguskirke

Medieval Inns were Big Business

According to a new study by John Hare, medieval inns in England were big business and innkeepers were prominent members of society…


Medieval Toleration at Kalamazoo

How should we wield toleration in the 21 st century? May we perhaps learn from the Middle Ages? This question will be debated at Kalamazoo in May…

City of Siena

Medieval Material Turn at Leeds

‘Reform and Renewal’ are the key-words chosen to inspire participants in this year’s International Medieval Congress at Leeds. But don’t be mistaken: it is all about the “Material Turn”…


Lleida in Catalonia - Source-Wikipedia

Space, Power and Culture in Lleida 2015

The main focus at the 5th International Medieval Meeting in Lleida, will be on space, power and culture in Medieval Iberia…

Wienhausen Christ in Tomb

The Wienhausen Sepulchre and the Risen Christ

Wienhausen, a convent near Lüneburg, has preserved a remarkable heritage of religious art in the form of murals, sculpture, texts and textiles. Touching the Risen Christ was the high point


Rogier Van der Weyden Miraflores Triptych © Berlin Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Roger van der Weyden at Prado

Roger van der Weyden’s Crucifixion from Escorial was recently restored. This spring it is exhibited at Prado in Madrid together with an impressive selection of some of his other masterpieces. Don’t miss it…

Planctus Capella de Ministrers cover

Planctus – Death and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages

A new recording of Spanish medieval lamentations presents us with a haunting sound appropriate for Easter…


Entry into Jerusalem ivory Carving sarnen Scwitzerland ca 1330. Source: 'Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

The Entry into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday, we follow Jesus into Jerusalem – perhaps contemplating this beautiful Gothic Ivory from ca. 1330…

Palmesel procession in Thaur near Insbruck 2014

Palmesel in Thaur Near Innsbruck

The use of a statue of a donkey in connection with Palm Sunday is mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. This was in Augsburg. Hope was to be absolved of one’s sins by pulling the ass along…



Palmese from Lower Franconia 15th century Source: Wikipedia

Approaching the Bible in Medieval England

We are used to thinking of the bible as a book. However, in the Late Middle Ages, the Bible came in many disguises: performed as liturgy, music or plays; or mediated through sermons, images or ceremonial objects…

Palm Sunday in York 2014

The Entry into Jeru-salem in Medieval York

When staging the Entry into Jerusalem, Medieval York simply turned into Jerusalem in the eyes and minds of the audience and performers…

Early Medieval Galicia

Cebreiro in galicia

Early Medieval Galicia

Galicia in the Early Middle Ages experienced a remarkable series of economic and cultural transformations…

Santa Mariña de Augas Santas

Santa Mariña de Augas Santas

Santa Mariña de Augas Santas is a small parish near Ourense in Galicia in North-Western Spain. It has a history reaching back before Christianity

San Gines de francelos - Wikipedia - Jose Antonio Gil Martínez cc

San Ginés de Francelos

San Ginés de Francelos is a charming Visigothic church from the 9th century located near Ribadavia in Galicia

Castle of Ribadavia source:Wikipedia cropped


The town of Ribadavia – Burgo de Rippa Avia – is located in the southwest of the province of Ourense in Galicia. The town is famous for its medieval wine: Ribeiro

Medieval News…

Norton Priory Undercroft with vaults

900-Year-Old Priory Reopens as Museum

17. April 2015

Norton Priory was founded 900 years ago. The plan is to turn it into a new state-of-the-art museum complex

Manuscript- Durham Cathedral A II 10 fols 2–5 - 338 and 339

Pigments in Medieval Manuscripts

11. April 2015

Identifying pigments in medieval manuscripts gives an insight into the technical expertise of artists and sometimes trade-routes. Raman spectroscopy makes it possible without sampling

Firing of trebuchet at Warwick april 2015

Trebuchet at Warwick Castle

11. April 2015

Watching the giant trebuchet at Warwick Castle send off its fireball usually tops the list among younger visitors. Yesterday, a newly restored boathouse was engulfed in fire, ignited by sparks gave a special meaning to the idea of living history

Landscape in the Po Valley © Fotografia di Andrea Samaritani

Are Lombards still living in San Giovanni in Persiceto?

2. April 2015

Genetic studies have demonstrated that a significant part of the population in San Giovanni in Persiceto near Bologna may perhaps trace its roots back to the Lombard invasion in the 8th century

Medieval Events & Exhibitions

Baptistery in Barcelona ©_muhba
Visigoths in Barcelona 17. March 2015

The City Museum in Barcelona has remodeled its exhibition devoted to the period from Late Antiquity and into the 8th century: the Visigothic period

Riemenschneider Sammlung Marks-Thomée © Bildarchiv Foto Marburg / Thomas Scheidt
Marks-Thomée Collection of Renaissance and Medieval Art on Show 27. February 2015

For the first time in a hundred years the private Thomée Collection, containing priceless medieval and renaissance art, is on show in Aachen

Agincourt 1415 – 2015 8. January 2015

The battle at Agincourt in Nord-Pas-de Calais is famous for the heroic fight between the outnumbered English archers and the French iron-clad chivalry. This year England and France commemorates the battle.

New Books…

Triptych of the Virgin and Child By Goossen van der Weyden 15th century. Tournai Museum of Fine Arts

Framing the Flemish Primitives

16. April 2015

Innovative electronic presentation of book on ‘Frames and Supports in 15th- and 16th-Century Southern Netherlandish Painting’ leads the way for future art-historical publications.

Cantigas di santa Maria

Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages

13. April 2015

The history of Muslim and Christian interactions in the Middle Ages is continuously being mixed up in modern-day politics, not least in the Mediterranean. New reader presents over 80 primary sources shedding light on this complicated web of inter-cultural contacts between Muslims and Christians


Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia

13. April 2015

Medieval Anatolia was a hotspot for cultural interaction between Christians and Muslims. New book aims to present an overview over current research

Almarician heretics burning before the french king - Illumination from the Grandes Chroniques de France, c. 1255-1260

Medieval Heresies: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

13. April 2015

Medieval Heresies: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is the first comparative survey of heresy and presents an important overview of its medieval history from ca. 400 – 1500.


The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century

7. April 2015

One of the myths looming large in English history is the idea that the English kingdom was founded by Alfred the great. No such thing, explains a new book by George Molyneaux, which build on his doctoral thesis

Tower in London - British Library

Government and Political Life in England and France, c. 1300 – c. 1500

7. April 2015

How did kings govern? And how did governments rule their kings? This is the topic of a new book on ‘Government and Political Life in England and France, c.1300–c.1500′   Government and Political Life in England and France, c.1300–c.1500 Ed. by Christopher Fletcher, Jean-Philippe Genet, and John Watts Cambridge University Press 2015 ISBN: 9781107089907 ABSTRACT: How did …

Stele_Licinia_Amias_Terme_Early Christian inscription in Rome

Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World

30. March 2015

This book consider the visual qualities of inscriptions, ranging across the Mediterranean and the Near East from Spain to Iran and beyond

The Brendan Boat- The Craggaunowen Project

Into the Ocean

18. March 2015

With Into the Ocean, Kristján Ahronson makes two dramatic claims: that there were people in Iceland almost a century before the Vikings and that there was a tangible relationship with the early Christian “Irish” communities

Conferences and CfP’s…

Tuebingen with river-boats

Archaeology and the Public

18. April 2015

What archaeology does the public demand? Who has the power to decide what is important? These questions are raised and debated at a Conference in Tübingen in May 2015

Viking Ship Roskilde 6

Æthelred II and Cnut the Great 1016

18. April 2015

2016 will se a series of major events commemorating the invasion and conquest of England by Cnut the Great, king of the Danes

Coronation of Celestine V

Medieval and Early Modern Belief and Practice

16. April 2015

Religion and (the Master) Narrative: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Belief and Practice will be held in Colorado autum 2015

The Wall of King Philip II of France (Philip Augustus) in Paris. Wikipedia

Paris 500 to 1500 – The Powers that Shape a City

11. April 2015

British Archaeological Association’s annual conference focus 2016 on the medieval city of Paris