Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III

Reinterment of Richard III

Early on Leicester Cathedral appointed a Liturgy Committee to come up with a plan for the reinterment of Richard III. The result has now been revealed…

The procession of Richard iii through Bosworth

Richard III unwilling participant in undignified pantomime?

Pageant, feast, show? Judging from the media’s comments on the on-going reburial of Richard III, it seems appropriate the Queen has kept her distance to what has obviously turned into a somewhat gaudy event…

Ushaw Vestment from the time of Richard III

Vestment From the Time of Richard III

A priceless vestment believed to be from the royal wardrobe of King Richard III will be worn by Cardinal Vincent Nichols when he celebrates Requiem Mass for the soul of the 15th century monarch

Prayer Book of Richard III -detail with the Annuciation. Lamberth Palace

Book of Hours of Richard III

The prayerbook of Richard III, which accompanied him to Bosworth, has been brought to Leicester Cathedral in time for the reinterment…




The Music at the Re-interment of Richard III

Medieval and modern music will be mixed at the Reinterment Service of Richard III on Thursday, the 25th 2015…



Dancers outside the 13th century Scolanova synagogue in Trani. cropped ©Ruth Ellen Gruber

Medieval Synagogue in Trani

The Medieval Scolanova synagogue in Trani was built in the 13th century, but confiscated around 1380 and used as church. In 2006 it was returned to the Jewish community. It recently reopened after a lengthy period of restoration. We have taken the opportunity to tell the fascinating story about the Jewish Community in the beatiful Adriatic city…



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

The Guelph Treasure

Gulph Cross Southern Italy, 12th century: Deutche Digitale Bibliotek, CC

Jewish Heirs to Guelph Treasure Sue Germany in USA

The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers have filed a lawsuit in the USA suing Germany for the return of a medieval treasure trove worth an estimated $226 – 250m…

St. Blasius reliquary from the Guelph Treasure, 14th century © SMB cc

Highlights from the Guelph Treasure

Enjoy some of the reliquaries, altars and manuscript covers…


Eilbert's Travel Altar from the Guelph Treasure, ca. 1150 © SMB, cc

Guelph Treasure was bought legally

The Welfenschatz – in English the so-called Guelph or Welf Treasure – should not be returned, says commission…

Medieval News…

Knud Lavard, Chapel, Haraldsted, Denmark

Local Saints in Scandinavia

27. March 2015

There is a clear link between the celebration of local saints and the ecclesiastical administration, which emerged in Scandinavia in the 12th century

Magna Carta British Library website cartoon

Magna Carta Website

24. March 2015

A lovely and inspiring website invites us all to discover the history and legacy of one of the world’s most celebrated documents, the Magna Carta

the unruly mystic - film about Hildegard of Bingen

The Unruly Mystic – Film about Hildegard of Bingen

20. March 2015

The Unruly Mystic is an inspirational documentary telling the story of St. Hildegard of Bingen

anglo-saxon pendant from South Norfolk

Anglo-Saxon Pendant discovered in South Norfolk

17. March 2015

In January a stunningly beautiful Anglo-Saxon pendant was discovered in South Norfolk. The find is thought to be of national importance

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…

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

Oxford University Hyde Abbey Charter, item 12091

The Anglo-Saxon Chancery

18. March 2015

The Anglo-Saxon Chancery: The History, Language and Production of Anglo-Saxon Charters from Alfred to Edgar By Ben Snook Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies Boydell Press (March 19, 2015) ISBN-10: 1783270063 ISBN-13: 978-1783270064 ABSTRACT: More charters survive from Anglo-Saxon England than texts of any other type. In a society in which the ownership of land was fundamental to …

Cruciform Brooch Timeline auctions

The Cruciform Brooch

18. March 2015

Cruciform Brooches with strange bestial visages from the 5th and 6th century have long been associated with the Angles, a people from Southern Denmark. New research shows that the brooches were not ancient and imported heirlooms. Rather, they played a part in the formation of the post-migration Anglian identity The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England By …

Recopolis in Visgothic Spain

The Afterlife of the Roman city

19. February 2015

In ‘The Afterlife of the Roman City’ the story is told of how the ‘Adventus’ was transformed in the Early Medieval City to become one of the most important ritualized ceremonies

Exeter bishop's throne detail

Medieval Episcopal Thrones

16. February 2015

Six Medieval Episcopal Thrones in Britain has survived. New book describes and analyses five of these

Garden at Vadstena. Source:

The Syon Abbey Herbal

16. February 2015

The Syon Abbey Herbal was the last medieval herbal written in an English Abbey before printed herbals took over

Medieval Crusaders

Crusades, Christianity and Islam

9. February 2015

Jonathan Riley-Schmit is one of the most prominent crusade-scholars in present-day academia. In 2008 he wrote a very significant book on the uses and abuses of the history of crusading. This slight book should be obligatory reading for anyone trying to grasp the current war in the Middle East and the Islamist terrorism currently waged globally.

From a 1385 Italian manuscript of the Consolation: Miniatures of Boethius teaching

The Middle Ages

31. January 2015

The German historian Johannes Fried is famous for his ability to make the life and times of bygone people live in the minds of readers. New book from Harvard University Press is sure to be a bestseller

Conferences and CfP’s…

letter reformation

Epistolary Cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe

17. March 2015

The University of York is pleased to announce Epistolary Cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, a two-day conference 18-19 March 2016

Romanesque carvings from Piacenza

Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage

17. March 2015

The Conference: Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage will be held in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016

Cultural Campus in Hildesheim © Isa Lange

Art in the Middle Ages in Hildesheim

23. February 2015

The Forum, “Kunst des Mitttelalters” organises its third conference in Hildesheim in September 2015

medieval anatomy

Body and Soul – AD 400-1700

22. February 2015

This years EMREM Postgraduate Forum Symposium at the University of Birmingham will focus on Body and Soul in the Middle Ages