Lejre in Denmark is famous as the mythical royal seat of the Scyldings, renowned in Beowulf. However, it is also a hugely fascinating archaeological site.
A new museum is well worth a detour….
Myth and Archaeology
REVIEW: New excellent book tells the story of the mythological centre in Gl. Lejre AD 500 -1000 ….
Odin from Lejre?
Is the silver figurine from Lejre representing Odin? Freya? Or perhaps a völva, a Viking sorceress? Many interpretations have been put forward….
From Lejre to Roskilde
Around AD 1000 the royal seat in Lejre had lost its political power to the Jelling Dynasty, which founded a new royal centre there. Later this grew to be the city of Roskilde….
What Impact Did Climate Have Upon Medieval History?
What impact did the volcanic eruption in AD 536 have on European migration? Was a calm spell of weather a precondition for the Islamic invasions of the Islands and Northern Shores of the Mediterranean? Did the crusaders loose their hold on Palestine because weather-conditions in Europe deteriorated?….
Medieval Natural Disasters and Resilience
Natural disasters in the Middle Ages were met with resilience in a number of different ways: migration, rebuilding, re-settlements. 2015 issue of the journal, Postclassical Archaeologies, focus on this theme….
Environmental Disasters in the Medieval Levant
BOOK REVIEW: In Climate and Political Climate, Sarah Kate Raphael explores the interplay between the general climatic shift in Medieval Levants, the impact of singular devastating environmental events and the warring, raiding and diplomatic squabbling between Crusaders and Saracens….
Designing identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity
- Powerful Textiles from Late Antiquity in New York….
- The catalogue accompanying the exhibition on the Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity is both beautiful and informative….
- Textiles in Late Antiquity….
- Byzantine Textiles in German Collections….
Medieval News April 2016, No 4
Forty pages packed with Medieval News about textiles from Late Antiquity, new Viking settlement in Newfoundland, a Danish expedition into the North Atlantic, which some believe reached the same shores in 1473 and how to churn your butter with the devil… plus as usual a list of new books
Churning Butter with the Devil
Milking and churning butter were competences belonging to the female sphere in Northwestern Europe. However, in the later Middle Ages, butter became a very important export article. This led to the development of a special motif: the devil’s milkmaid….
Medieval Bog Butter
RECIPE: Make your own medieval butter and preserve it in an Irish Bog. Brian Kaller tells us how….
Was Joan of Arc Epileptic?
From the age of thirteen, Joan of Arc experienced frequent episodes of auditory and visual hallucinations. Did she suffer from epilepsy? Or was she a saintly Maid on a Mission?….
Medieval News 2016 – March
The March Issue of Medieval News 2016 brings you the new stories about Joan of Arc – her purported ring, a legal battle, and neurologist claiming she was epileptic … and much more!
Domrémy – the Birth Place of Joan of Arc
The place to go to ponder the life and death of Joan of Arc is the humble village near the Meuse, where she was born….
Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen
Historial Joan of Arc is anstallation in Rouen. Here she has been turned her into a digitized saint…
Joan of Arc’s Ring a Stage Prop at Puy du Fou
Recently the Puy du Fou foundation, which runs a historical theme park in Western France, bought the alleged ring of Joan of Arc. The purported relic has now been brought home…
Christ from Aunslev – Denmarks Oldest Crucifix
Some time around 900 a Danish Viking woman went for a walk in the fields near Aunslev on the Island of Funen and lost a very precious piece of jewellery: a viking crucifix. The pendant may witness to an early presence of Christianity in Denmark….
The Viking Ship Burial at Ladby
Curiously enough, Vikings in Denmark were buried in so-called ships-settings, stone-ships created in the landscape to mark out the their graves. Only one viking has ever been found in his ship: the Viking from Ladby….
The Irish are fascinated by their Viking Heritage. Not least since the filming of the series “The Vikings” became located in Ireland. Conference in Cork will explore how to involve the public Rediscovering the Vikings: Reception, Recovery, Engagement University College Cork, Cork, Ireland 25.11.2016 -26.11.2016 The World-Tree Project is a large-scale community collection initiative in the … Read more
What role does the medieval fabric of Mediterranean cities play in the construction of these cities as cultural heritage?
How did medieval liturgy influence the historiography in Christian centres throughout Europe and the Mediterranean world?
Contrary to received wisdom monks flittered around the Early Medieval Mediterranean. Conference in November explores these Monastic Journeys