Medieval People & Places

Your holiday has been planned months’ ago! Perhaps you are already basking in the sun on the beach. But wait: we are sure there is much more lurking in the backwaters behind your hotel. Even remote corners in Europe usually offer strange and unforeseen experiences of fascinating medieval sights.  Do go and explore! As inspiration for you we have found three examples of exactly such places. Have fun until we are back in the middle of August!

Conisborugh Castle Source Wikipedia

Castle in Conisbrough

Conisbrough lies near Doncaster in one of the poorest parts of England. But it holds two medieval jewels – a very early Anglo-Saxon church and a magnificent Norman Castle….

Einhard's basilica

Einhard’s Basilica in Michelstadt

In 815 Louis the Pious granted Michelstadt and Seligenstadt (Mulinheim) to his faithful courtier, Erhard. Later he built churches there and fitted them with relics, stolen from the Catacombs in Rome….

Bridge over the River Rhone with the castle at Saint-Maurice to the left

Saint-Maurice d’Agaune 1500 years ago – and today

Saint-Maurice d’Agaune is one of the oldest monasteries in Western Europe and can trace its history back to the 5th century….

Roman Bridge at Bobbio source wikipedia - kata

Columbanus 615 – 2015

The year 2015 will mark the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus, Ireland’s missionary saint. Who was he and what impact did he have on Europe in the early Middle Ages? New books, an edition of his vita and archaeological excavations lead up to a series of conferences celebrating the life of this “Man of God”….

Book of Durrow saint Matthew - cropped

Making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy 615 – 2015

This year 2015 will mark the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus, Ireland’s missionary saint. The anniversary is accompanied by a series of conferences held at Bangor in Ireland, Luxeuil in France and Bobbio in Italy….

 

Detail of reliquary from Bobbio- source columbanus2015

Shrine from Bobbio

Various copper-alloy fragments found in Bobbio were identified in 1990 as part of a 7th century house-shaped shrine. Might it have belonged to Columbanus?

The Viking Diaspora by Judith Jesch

The Viking Diaspora

The Viking Diaspora presents the early medieval migrations of people, language and culture from mainland Scandinavia to new homes in the British Isles, the North Atlantic, the Baltic and the East as a form of ‘diaspora’….

Spurensuche Haithabu cover

 

Traces of Haithabu

REVIEW: Only a tiny part of the Viking town of Haithabu in Schleswig has been excavated. Nevertheless, the collection of finds is extraordinary rich and captivating. New book presents us with endless hours of joy….

 

In search of Vikings 2015 Cover

In Search Of Vikings in North-West England

REVIEW: New interdisciplinary book on Vikings tells the story of a strong relationship between North Western Britain and Scandinavia about 800 – 1066….

Viking worlds things spaces and movements cover

Viking Worlds. Things, Spaces and Movement

REVIEW: Viking halls, regional judicial places, oath rings, door keys, leadworking and much more figures in a fascinating new book on Viking Worlds….

View from Monte Subasio in Assisi

Laudato Si…

The title of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, is the refrain of the Canticle of Creation by Francis of Assisi. But what did the saint really mean by using this phrase?….

Francis of Assisi -manuscript BNF 2015 TM 686 ff 79v-80

Newly discovered life of St. Francis published

A small notebook of obvious Franciscan origin was recently shown to contain a hitherto unknown Vita, written by Thomas di Celano. It has now been edited….

Pittore friulano del 1440 Due scene della vita del beato Odorico da Pordenone 1440

Franciscan Art in Florence

Franciscan art flourished in the Late Middle Ages as the religious movement spread all over Europe as well as Asia. This summer the Accademia in Florence shows a spectacular selection of this kind of art….

Beech of Saint Francis

Catholicism and Medieval Nature Conservation

Medieval ‘Sacred Sites’ were primarily located in the natural wilderness. With the Reformation this changed. Perhaps time has come to return to practices of Medieval Nature Conservation?….

Cappella Sassetti Stigmata of Saint Francis by Ghirlandaio 1483 - 85

The Garden of St. Francis

St. Francis is known for his devotion to nature and generally recognised at the patron saint for the environment. However, it is not that simple to know exactly how Francis really thought about nature. One key to resolve this question is by focusing on “his garden”….

la Romita di Cesi

Romita di Cesi

Romita di Cesi is a hermitage located on Mount Torre Maggiore near the Town of Cesi in Terni. Difficult to find, it offers a spiritual tranquillity reminiscent of the early Franciscans….

Medieval News…

Qur'an Mingana Collection Birmingham University

Oldest Qur’an Manuscript in the world?

22. July 2015

Scholars from the University of Birmingham claims a fragment of a manuscript to be part of the oldest Qur’an in the world. But what is the evidence?

Lækjargata in Reykjavik archaeological dig. Photo: Lísabet Guðmundsdóttir

Large Viking Hall found in Reykjavik in Iceland

13. July 2015

Archaeologists digging on Lækjargata in central Reykjavik were looking for traces of a farm cottage built in 1799 – and found a Viking longhouse 900 years older

Gospels of Queen Theutberga © Christies 2015

Gospels of Queen Theutberga up for Sale at Christie’s

1. July 2015

This summer Christies auctions off a priceless manuscript – the Gospels of Queen Theutberga” – from c. 825 – 850.

discussing the talisman of harold Bluetooth

Harold Bluetooth’s Alleged Talisman Was Cast

30. June 2015

The peculiar gold-plaque allegedly found in Poland near Wolin with an inscription about Harold Bluetooth has undergone metallurgical studies

Royal Mounds at Old Uppsala in Sweden web © Kenny_lex

New Royal Mound from the 7th Century Discovered in Uppsala

30. June 2015

A long-forgotten royal mound in Uppsala from the 7th century has been found by chance. Archaeologists are excited.

Morgarten with the lake Ageri

The Battle of Morgarten 1315

26. June 2015

November 1315, a small contingent of men from the Swiss Confederacy ambushed a group of Austrian Soldiers near the Morgarten Pass. The Swiss victory furthered the confederacy between Unterwalden, Uri and Schwyz, the core of modern Switzerland.

San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo

Medieval World Heritage 2015

5. June 2015

End of June the World Heritage Committee will decide the future for a handful of “medieval” candidates vying for the valuable designation. Who will be the winners?

Hanney Brooch before and after cleaning

The Anglo-Saxon Hanney Brooch

28. May 2015

The Hanney Brooch belongs to a small group of composite Anglo-Saxon brooches from mid-seventh century.New research presents the find

New Books…

Robin Hood from Doctor Who Tom Riley

Reading Robin Hood

21. July 2015

Robin Hood is a myth, which has been continuously reinvented since the High Middle Ages. A new book tells the story from the beginning and up until our time

tara brooch 8th century

Art of the Islands

20. July 2015

New book by Michelle Brown presents a series of masterpieces of Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking origin and explain their context

Jomsborg aka Wolin in Poland

Scandinavian Amulets in Viking Age Poland

20. July 2015

Very important new book carefully examines Scandinavian amulets like Thor’s Hammers found in Poland and sheds new light on the Old Norse religion.

Reconstructed viking long house in Newfoundland. Source Wikipedia

The Viking Diaspora

18. July 2015

The Viking Diaspora presents the early medieval migrations of people, language and culture from mainland Scandinavia to new homes in the Northern hemisphere as a form of ‘diaspora’.

Haithabu from the air

Traces of Haithabu

17. July 2015

REVIEW: Excavations at Viking Haithabu in Schleswig has yielded extraordinary finds. New book presents us with endless hours of joy digging into this treasure trove

Sparlösa runestone with traced depiction of what is perhaps a viking temple

Viking Worlds. Things, Spaces and Movement

17. July 2015

Review: Viking halls, regional judicial places, oath rings, door keys, leadworking and much more figures in a fascinating new book on Viking Worlds

Cuerdale hoard viking silver

In Search Of Vikings in North-West England

15. July 2015

REVIEW: New interdisciplinary book on Vikings tells the story of a very strong relationship between North Western Britain and Scandinavia about 800 – 1066.

Red deer from Ireland wikipedia web

Deer and Identity in Medieval Ireland

27. June 2015

The Gaelic lords in Ireland hunted Red deer, while the Anglo-Norman invaders built deer parks. Fiona Beglane tells us about the relation between deer and identity

Conferences and CfP’s…

The two leading Templars Jacques de Molay and Geoffroy de Charnay being burned at the stake in 1314

Transforming Male Devotional Practices

15. July 2015

How did men demonstrate their commitment to God and churches in the Middle Ages? And How did this change in the Early Modern period? Conference aims to shed light on these transformations ‘Transforming Male Devotional Practices’ from the Medieval to the Early Modern Keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London) Confirmed speakers include: Katherine …

mamuz open air museum

Archaeological Reconstructions and Tourism

13. July 2015

Together with MAMUZ in Austria, EXARC is organizing an international conference on ‘Archaeological Reconstructions and Tourism’ near Vienna in September 2015

Almedalen in Visby at Gotland © stig Hammarstedt

Gotland – Cultural Center in the Hanseatic League

11. July 2015

Gotland – Cultural Center in the Hanseatic League – is an interdisciplinary and international conference aiming to shed new light on the cultural history of Medieval Gotland

Hans Memling's Last Judgement, c. late 1460s, National Museum, Gdańsk

Images: Signs and Phenomena of Time

11. July 2015

‘Images: Signs and Phenomena of Time’ is a trans- and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Hamburg, November 2015.

Medieval Exhibitions

Liturgical vestments at Catharijneconvent

Gold Thread and Silk in Catharijnenconvent in Utrecht

19. July 2015

A sumptuous exhibition of medieval embroidered art made of gold and silk in the Museum Catharijneconvent shows some of the best preserved medieval liturgical garments preserved in Europe.

Statue of Jan Hus in Central Prague

Jan Hus was Executed 600 years ago

3. July 2015

Events marking the anniversary of the martyr death of Czech church reformer, Jan Hus, will culminate on Monday, July 6, when 600 years have passed since his burning at the stake.

Pittore friulano del 1440 Due scene della vita del beato Odorico da Pordenone 1440

Franciscan Art in Florence

24. June 2015

Franciscan art flourished in the Late Middle Ages as the religious movement spread all over Europe as well as Asia. This summer the Accademia in Florence shows a spectacular selection

Nuns swabian art musee du cluny

Late Medieval Swabian Sculpture in Paris at Musée de Cluny

3. June 2015

Sweet, delicate, gentle and just some of the epithets clinging to the current exhibition of late medieval Swabian sculpture at Musée de Cluny in Paris this summer

The descent of the Cross © Louvre

Gold and Ivory from Paris, Pisa, Firenze and Siena 1250-1320

29. May 2015

The summer exhibition at Louvre-Lens – Gold and Ivory – highlights the wealth of artistic exchanges between Paris and what is now Tuscany 1250 -1320

Clairvaux lay refectory interior

Clairvaux 1115 – 2015

19. May 2015

Aube en Champagne celebrates the 900th anniversary of the Cistercian foundation, the Abbey of Clairvaux in 2015

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

Travelling in the Middle Ages

14. April 2015

Exciting exhibition at the Bargello in Firenze tells the story of medieval travellers and their journeys

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