All Souls and All Saints

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Saints and Souls

Between 1024 and 1033 the monks at Cluny began commemorating the dead souls on the day after All Saints…

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Souling

In the late Middle Ages theologians tried to keep All Saints and All Souls strictly apart. But traditions like souling helped to fuse the feasts…

Soul Cakes being served

Soul Cakes

There is no doubt that the tradition of giving alms in the form of bread or cookies on All Saints and All Souls has medieval roots…

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Sweets for Souls

Baking cakes of all sorts seem to have been part of the celebrations of All saints and all Souls in Southern Europe…

The Evangeliary of Teodelinda, a gift from Gregory the Great in 603

Luther and the Popes 2017

For more than a decade protestants in Germany has been planning a series of festivities celebrating the 500 year anniversary commemorating the 31st of October 1517, when Martin Luther Posted his 95 theses on the door into the castle church in Wittenberg. Part of these festivities will be three major exhibitions in Berlin, Wittenberg and Eisenach.

Now a major exhibition – Popes 2017 – is being planned in Mannheim. The point is to make room for a Catholic presence at the reformation festivities 2017. This is welcomed by high-ranking protestants involved in the other exhibitions…

 

Martin Luther Exhibitions 2015

Last Supper by Lucas Cranach the Younger

Cranach the Younger 1515 – 1586

Cranach the Younger was not only his fathers son. He was in himself a remarkable painter of the reformation. Next year a series of exhibitions throws a spotlight on his work…

 

August of Sachsen by Lucas Cranach the Younger

Luther and the Princes

2015 a major exhibition on Luther and the Princes will be mounted. The idea behind the exhibition is to tell the story of the political side of the reformation…

Christoph von Württemburg by Abraham Hel

Christoph of Württemberg 1515 -1568

Christoph of Württemberg was a typical Renaissance Prince from the age of the Reformation. His life is at the centre of an exhibition in Stuttgart 2015. The exhibition is organized inside the Old Castle, which he flamboyant rebuilt …

Medieval News from this week

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Jeanne de Bourbon

Sensational find: head of queen Jeanne de Bourbon (1338 – 1378) up for sale. It was probably cut off from effigy in St. Denis, which was destroyed during French revolution…

Medieval Road in Krakau, a deserted village near Peissen

Medieval Truck-Stop Excavated

Looking for a medieval snack? And wonder where to park your horses? Archaeologists have found the remains of a long-haul truck-stop near Peissen in Sachsen –Anhalt on the road between Hannover and Dresden…

Painted ceiling from Capestang

Medieval Painted Ceilings in Southern France

Painted ceilings became all the fashion in the later Middle Ages in Le Midi, reaching from Catalonia to Northern Italy. But the ceilings in Southern France are the best studied…READ MORE

Medieval painted ceiling in Capestang

Painted Ceilings in Capestang

Capestang is a sleepy village not far from Narbonne in Southern France. In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Archbishops in Narbonne…READ MORE

Painted ceiling in Lagrasse

Painted Ceilings in Lagrasse

The small French village, Lagrasse, can boast of a remarkable treasure of medieval painted ceilings… READ MORE

Medieval Painted ceiling Maison de Chevaliers de Pont-saint-Esprit

Painted Ceiling in La Maison des Chevaliers

La Maison des Chevaliers de Pont-Saint-Esprit near Pond Du Gard boasts a beautiful late medieval house and some lovely painted ceilings…READ MORE

Vikings

The great Viking Hall in Borg on Lofoten

The Age of the Vikings

There is a sympathetic subtext running between the covers of a new book about the Vikings written by Anders Winroth: please stop spreading so much nonsense in TV-series and read the real story – which is just as fascinating if not more!… READ MORE

Viking Ring Fortresses

Trelleborg in a waterlogged meadow winter 2013

Royal Viking Fortresses

The Ring Fortresses of Harold Bluetooth represent a remarkable engineering feat of 10th century Scandinavia. New book presents the latest research…READ MORE

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New Viking Ring Fortress Discovered

Denmark is famous for its four Viking Ring Fortresses. This spring a fifth was suddenly discovered in the eastern part of Sjælland…READ MORE

The Ring Fortress at Burgh in the province of Zeeland in Holland

Viking Age Base-Camps along the Dutch Coast

The Ring Fortresses along the Dutch Coast in Holland have recently been reinterpreted as likely Viking base-camps from the 9th century…READ MORE

Aggersborg - reconstruction shown on site

New book tells the full story of the Viking-Age Settlement and Fortress at Aggersborg in Northern Jutland from the reign of Harold Bluetooth…READ MORE

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Geophysical surveys shed new light on the enigmatic ring fortresses from the reign of Harold Bluetooth…READ MORE

Other News…

Llys Rhosyr from the air

The Medieval Court of a Welsh Prince

The Medieval Court of Llys Rhosyr to be rebuilt at St. Fagans Reconstruction of the medieval court of the princes of Gwynedd, excavated a decade ago, has begun at St. Fagans, the National Museum in Wales…READ MORE

 

The Master Builders' Ledgers from Augsburg

City Accounts from Augsburg

Historians from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz edit medieval ledgers from Augsburg… READ MORE

 

The Shrewsbury Book from Rouen, 1444–45 British Library, Royal 15 E. vi, ff. 2v

Royal Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination was the title of an exhibition hosted at the British Library in 2011. Now selected papers from the accompanying conference have been edited and uploaded… READ MORE

 

 

Painted ceiling from Capestang

Medieval Painted Ceilings in Southern France

Painted ceilings became all the fashion in the later Middle Ages in Le Midi, reaching from Catalonia to Northern Italy. But he ceilings in Southern France are the best studied…

Medieval painted ceiling in Capestang

Painted Ceilings in Capestang

Capestang is a sleepy village not far from Narbonne in Southern France. In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Archbishops in Narbonne…

Painted ceiling in Lagrasse

Painted Ceilings in Lagrasse

The small French village, Lagrasse, can boast of a remarkable treasure of medieval painted ceilings

Medieval Painted ceiling Maison de Chevaliers de Pont-saint-Esprit

Painted Ceiling in La Maison des Chevaliers

La Maison des Chevaliers de Pont-Saint-Esprit near Pond Du Gard boasts a beautiful late medieval house and some lovely painted ceilings…

Medieval Scotland

Scotland The Brave

Is there such a thing as a distinct Scottish Identity? Does it have Medieval roots? Which role did it play in the referendum?

During the Scottish referendum only partial and very discrete hints were made to the distinct Scottish identity. Why was that?…

Monymusk Reliquary

Early Medieval Scotland

The history of Early Medieval Scotland is no longer just a history of the distinctive tribes: Celts, Picts or Anglo-Normans…

Matthew Paris map of Scotland

Misty Scotland

When did Scotland merge from the mists of pre-history? How did the people North of the Firth of Forth begin to think of themselves as Scots?…

Bannockburn 2014

The Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 was the most significant Scottish Victory in the War of Scottish Independence and by many hailed as the culmination in the forging of an independent Scottish Nation…

Alex Salmond and William Wallace © SNP

Braveheart

In the film Mel Gibson’s Braveheart famously shouted freedom, while being racked to death in the front of the Tower of London…

Glencoe in the Mist

Glencoe

Scotland is filled with magnificent views of misty landscapes. Sometimes called the last wilderness of Europe. Nowhere is this more pertinent than in Glencoe…

Highland Folke Museum Tacksmans place

Scottish Clans

The Gaelic word clan literally translates as children, offspring or descendants. But highland clanship not only denotes extended families with a common ancestor; it also evokes a sense of belonging to a special place: the land of the clan…

Unveiling the official tartan for Ryder Cup 2014

Names, Sprigs, Feathers, Tartans and Kilts

Names starting with Mac, sprigs and feathers sported in the bonnets as well as kilts and tartans are all part of the Scottish brand. But what is the story behind?…

Cover of: oxford Companion to Scottish History

‘The Oxford Companion to Scottish History’ is simply one of the best introductions to the History of Scotland…

Scotland: A History - Cover

‘Scotland: A History’ is the most recent publication seeking to cover the history of Scotland during the last 2000 years…

Domination and Lordship: Scotland, 1070-1230. Cover

‘The New Edinburgh History of Scotland’ is planned to comprise ten textbooks exploring the development of Scotland from earliest times to the present…

Power and Propaganda: Scotland 1306-1488. Cover

‘New History of Scotland’ is the flagship series for Edinburgh University Press…

 

Cover - Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain from the Picts to Alexander III

‘Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain’ raises the question when the Scots first thought of Scotland as an independent kingdom…

 

Cover New Perspectives on medieval Scotland

‘New Perspectives on Medieval Scotland 1093 – 1286′ offers new perspectives on the role of literacy and the growing institutions of Medieval Scotland…

 

Everyday life in medieval scotland. Cover

‘A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland 1000 – 1600′ presents different aspects of the ordinary daily life and the experiences and beliefs of the Scottish people

 

Early Medieval Scotland book cover

‘Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas’ tells us the stories behind some the national treasures of Early Medieval Scotland…

Mounted mêlée in Schaffhausen

Chivalry and Tournaments

This summer is full of exhibitions and new books telling the story of the Late Medieval Tournament

Tournament Book - René von Anjou

Late Medieval Festival

Schaffhausen in Switzerland hosts an exhibition at the Allerheiligenmuseum, which tells the story of how the late medieval tournament turned into a popular festival…

Maximilian I from Freydal © Vienna

Maximilian I

The German emperor Maximilian (1459 -1519) was passionate exponent for the late medieval tournament. Later times dubbed him “the last knight”…

The Tournament of the peasants from Marx Walther's Tournament Book

Marx Walther’s Tournaments

New edition of Marx Walther’s Tournament Book from the 15th century brings us close to these late-medieval festivals…

Princely Reburials

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Princely Reburials in the 15th century

Funerary chapels for reburials became a fashionable trend in the 15th century. Recently a text was discovered outlining the liturgy used for the re-interment of Richard Beauchamp in 1475…

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Reburial of Richard III March 2014

Plans for the reinterment of Richard lll has been unveiled. They will take 7 days…

Opening of the Richard III visitor centre

King Richard III Visitor Centre

The King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester is now open

New Research:

Byzantine organ from Mainz

Early Medieval Organs

The organ was a prestigious instrument in the Byzantine Empire. New reproductions of early medieval organs help to uncover ancient music.

Marburger sword

Ottonian Swords

Swords as symbols of sovereignty are known from the 11th century and onwards. However, careful examination of new evidence shows the precursors belonging to the 10th century Ottonian dynasty were typical Viking swords

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Carolingian Thrones

The throne of Charlemagne may still be seen in the Cathedral in present-day Aachen. New research presents an overview of other Carolingian thrones and argues the existence of a parallel in a palace in Mainz

Ebstorf Map - upper part

Ebstorf Map

The Ebstorf Map belongs to a group of maps known as the Mappae Mundi

Bust of Charlemgane © Aachen Dom - Andrea Herrmann

Charlemagne in Aachen 2014

Charlemagne died 1200 years ago. Celebrations have been underway for some time, but the major exhibitions in Aachen this summer are definitely a-must-see. Located at three avenues, the exhibitions focus on three different aspects of the world of Charlemagne – the Powerful Places of Charlemagne, the Art of Charlemagne and the Treasures of Charlemagne. These three aspects have obviously been chosen in order to reflect the interests of the scientific community of “Carolingian Scholars” right now. But they have also been chosen in order to reflect present-day anxieties amongst the European Elite. Perhaps inspiration may be found in Aachen this summer!

- Read a review of the exhibition

Soldier in the army of Charlemagne

The Saddle and the Boat

Charlemagne and his entourage were constantly moving about. And needed boats and horses.

The Tassilo Chalice

The Tassilo Chalice

The Tassilo Chalice from the 8th century is one of the absolute highlights of the exhibition in Aachen 2014…

Early Medieval Ireland

Battle of clontarf in present day Dublin

Ignorant, barbarous, thoughtless, irreclaimable, unsociable foreigners…

On Good Friday 1014 the battle of Clontarf on the East Coast of Ireland took place between the Irish King, Brian Boru of Munster and Máel Mórda mac Murchada, king of Leinster, whose party was swollen by Norsemen led by Sigtrygg Silkbeard from Dublin.

2014 has occasioned  a series of celebrations. One of these is an exhibition in Dublin at The National Museum of Ireland…

New Books about Ireland in the Early Middle Ages

Ireland in the Medieval World - cover

Ireland in the Medieval World, AD 400–1000

Ireland is a beautiful island with a history woven into the landscape at every corner. New book tells us the story about this medieval world…

Early medieval Ireland 400 - 1100 archaeoloy cover

Early Medieval Ireland AD 400 – 1100. The Evidence from Archaeological Excavations

How did the Irish create and live in their own worlds in Early Medieval Ireland. This is the overriding question of a book, which brings an overview of the results of a century of archaeological excavations…

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Archaeology and the Celtic Myth – An exploration

Pre-Christian Celtic Myth preserved in Medieval Irish Literature does shed light on older traditions, says new book …

Viking Figurines or Pendants of Odin and Freya

12.06.2014
Quite a bonanza of newly found tiny Viking figurines or pendants seem to point to a widespread fashion in the Northern Viking hemisphere in the 9th and 10th centuries. A recent find of an Odin pendant from Levide in Gotland is nearly identical with one from Staraya Ladoga in Russia. Another small figurine of what is believed to be Freya is complementing the finds of valkyries from both Ipswich, England and Vrejlev from Denmark. And finally there is the enigmatic seated Odin from Lejre…

Silver Figurine from Revinge, Freyja 9th century

Freya from Revinge

An exquisite tiny silver figurine from the Viking Age, newly found, sheds light on the dresses of Viking Women in the 9th century…

Oden from levida on the island of Gotland

Odin from Levide

A sensational small amulet of Odin has been found in Levide in Southern Gotland, Sweden. The pendant belongs to a group of figurines commonly called the “weapon-dancers”….

Viking Valkyrie from the Island of Funen

Viking Warrior-Women

Did Viking Women participate in war and piracy? Were shield-maidens more than a mythological or literary construct? New research explores these questions from an archaeological point of view…

Odin from Lejre

Odin from Lejre

Negotiating normativities – ‘Odin from Lejre’ as challenger of hegemonic orders…

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

Abbey of St. Maurice - the oldest church

Saint-Maurice d’Agaune is one of the oldest monasteries in Western Europe and can trace its history back to the 5th century AD. 2014 – 15 a jubilee year leeds up to the grand finale September 2015.

Read the articles and explore:

- The plans for the jubilee 2014 – 15
The history
- The recent archaeological excavations
- The fabulous Early Medieval treasure
- The fabulous textiles from Late Antiquity
- Medieval Travel Guide to Saint-Maurice d’Agaune

Marine Fishing is one of the first industrialized enterprises in the world. New research tells more about the history behind

Cod drying at Lofoten

Cod for the City of London

When marine fisheries caught on around the year 1000 AD, cod quickly came to play a crucial role…

Cod fishing station 1698 in Maine

Historic Cod Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador

A zoo-archaeological study of sifted cod-bones from different locations off and on the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador documents the environmental impact of commercial fishery, climate changes and the different technologies used…

The Old fish Market in Riga.

People in Medieval Riga Ate Raw fish

Significant numbers of eggs from fish tapeworm in a latrine from medieval Riga show the population ate raw fish…

Raw Herrings

Raw Medieval Fish

Fish was definitely food for fasting. But not raw fish, which was deemed unhealthy, raw and uncivilized…

Richard III stays in Leicester

23.05.2014
The verdict is out: The remains of Richard III will be reinterred in the Cathedral of Leicester. In a somewhat emotive postscript the judges express their general distaste of the proceedings, they have been called upon to take part in:

“Since Richard III’s exhumation on the 5th September 2012, passions have been roused and much ink has been spilt. Issues relating to his life and death have been exhaustively examined and debated. The very Reverend David Monteith, The Dean of Leicester Cathedral, has explained the considerable efforts and expenditure invested by the Cathedral in order to create a lasting burial place “as befits an anointed King”. We agree that it is time for Richard III to be given a dignified reburial and finally laid to rest.”

Have you forgotten what the row was all about? Read the full story here as it unfolded

Read the statement from The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

Get an overview of what the combined effort of bio-archaeologists, historians, philologists, dentists and other scientists could uncover from the study of the skeleton of Richard III

Climate and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages

Kallela Lemminkainens Mother

The Dust Veil AD 536

The sun turns black, earth sinks in the sea. Down from heaven, stars are whirled…

Ismantorp on Öland - Wikipedia

NEW BOOK: Old Norse Cosmology

Landscape, Settlement and Cosmology in Norther Europe AD 550 changed radically…

The Family of Noah

NEW FILM: Medieval Noah

The visual aesthetic and the moral stance of Noah, the film, is obviously inspired by medieval maps of the ancient world…

Cerist at Caersws during the flood

Noah’s Flood

Welsh poetry from the 15th century paints a vivid picture of a flooded Welsh landscape…

Rumour has it that the Holy Grail has been found in León, a sleepy small town in the North of Spain

Monty Python on a quest for the Holy grail

 “He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh… ” (Monty Python 1975)

07.04.2014
A few days ago the curators in the small museum attached to the Cathedral of san Isodoro in the city of León in Northern Spain had to remove one of their treasures from sight. Rumour had been posted in both local, national and international media that the so-called “Cáliz de doña Urraca” – the “Chalice of Doña Urraca” – was in fact the Holy Grail aka the cup Jesus drank from at the last supper…

Crucifix of Don Ferndo y dona Sancha, León, Spain

Treasures in León

07.04.2014
León became the dynastic centre of the kingdom of León- Castile in the 11th century. Its royal treasure may still be admired…

Chalice of dona Urraca

Chalice of Doña Urraca

07.04.2014
The Chalice of Doña Urraca from ca. 1060 is made out of two antique cups of Onyx fastened together by golden bands…

The Last Supper in San Isidoro in Léon

Doña Urraca

07.04.2014
After her death Doña Urraca (1032 -1101) became vilified as a promiscuous murderess as well as venerated as a dedicated promotor of her lineage and dynasty…

Richard III

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III

Meet the Man

23.05.2014
In a grave at the entrance to the choir in the floor of the former Greyfriars in Leicester, exactly where it was expected, archaeologist exhumed a body of a slender man of normal height with an articulated scoliosis. Later DNA analysis has without doubt confirmed that the skeleton found at Greyfriars in August 2012 was indeed that of Richard III…

Richard III - earliest portrait

Man and Myth

04.02.2013
The discovery of the remains of Richard III might potentially change history. Or at least our understanding of the defamation which was spread after his death…

Scoliosis of Richard III

The Scoliosis

09.02.2013
Richard III had an idiopathic scoliosis with a curvature of at least 600. Such a curvature may or may not have infringed upon his physical capabilities…

Dolly the Sheep

Richard III’s Genome

11.02.2014
The University of Leicester is moving ahead in order to sequence Richard III’s genome. Will somebody also clone him in the future?…

Letter of Richard III -cropped

Richard Speaking

05.02.2013
Curious about how Richard III may have sounded ? We are fortunate to have some of his original letters and thus a little bit of evidence of his pronunciation…

Reconstruction of Richard III

The Face of Richard III

09.02.2013
What did Richard III look like? Was he a happy man? Did he really have a smiling, mischievous countenance as a recent facial reconstruction tries to tell us?

A medieval pie

A Royal Diet

03.01.2014
Richard III ate a very protein-rich diet and lots of seafood. But he also suffered from roundworm…

Lambeth Palace Library © LAM 141125

Book of Hours

28.08.2012
Rumour has it this Book of Hours of Richard III accompanied him to Bosworth…

Medieval Musicians

Richard III’s Music

14.02.2013
A group of historical music performers presented a musical biography of Richard III’s life at a concert on Friday 11.01.2013 at the Fraser Noble Hall at the University of Leicester…

The Bosworth Boar

Bosworth Boar

28.08.2012
In 2009 metal detectors discovered a silver gilt boar – the Bosworth Boar – lying at a spot next to a marsh, which had previously been identified as the probable spot…

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The Blue Boar

20.12.2012
The Blue Boar in Leicester – where Richard III is believed to have spent his last night before Bosworth – has been recreated…

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle

28.08.2012
Once called the Windsor of the North, Middleham Castle was home to Richard III…

Future tomb of Richard III

Richard III Richard III stays in Leicester

23.05.2014
The verdict is out: The remains of Richard III will be reinterred in the Cathedral of Leicester. In a somewhat emotive postscript the judges express their general distaste of the proceedings, they have been called upon to take part in:

“Since Richard III’s exhumation on the 5th September 2012, passions have been roused and much ink has been spilt. Issues relating to his life and death have been exhaustively examined and debated. The very Reverend David Monteith, The Dean of Leicester Cathedral, has explained the considerable efforts and expenditure invested by the Cathedral in order to create a lasting burial place “as benefits and anointed King”. We agree that it is time for Richard III to be given a dignified reburial and finally laid to rest.”

Have you forgotten what the row was all about? Follow the links below…

Richard III Portrait

Searching for Richard III

28.08.2012
British archaeologists hope to find the lost remains of King Richard III by digging up a car park believed to be his burial site…

Philippa Langley in the Car park

Sworn to Secrecy

12.09.2012
Yesterday the archaeologists uncovered human bones at the Leicester car park, where the hunt for the grave of Richard III has been going on for a couple of weeks…

Richard III's skeleton © University of leicester

Richard III Found?

12.09.2012
In a grave at the entrance to the choir in the floor of the former Greyfriars in Leicester, exactly where it was expected, archaeologist have exhumed a body of a slender man of normal height with an articulated scoliosis…

memorial plaque for Richard III

Richard III?

24.01.2013
In ten days the on-going search for King Richard III will end. At a press conference in Leicester on 04.02.2013 the first results of the scientific investigations of the skeleton found at Grey Friars will be presented…

The Skull of Richard III - Leicester University ©

Richard III – Indeed!

04.02.2013
DNA analysis has without doubt confirmed that the skeleton found at Greyfriars in August 2012 is indeed that of Richard III…

Richard III - earliest portrait

Man and Myth

04.02.2013
The discovery of the remains of Richard III might potentially change history. Or at least our understanding of the defamation which was spread after his death…

Cover -Richard III. The King under the Car Park. Leicester University 2013

The King under the Car Park

15.12.2013
NEW BOOK: Well-presented and sober pamphlet tells the story of how the King under the Car Park was discovered and identified as Richard III…

Where to Rebury him? And should there be a Catholic Service?

Richard III window from York

The Row: Where to reinter Richard III? And How?

14.09.2012
If indeed the skeleton recently found in Leicester is confirmed to be that of Richard III, the question naturally crops up: Where shall he be reburied? And not least: How…

Cathedral in York

The Row: York or Leicester?

17.09.2012
Richard III Foundation – not to be mixed up with The Richard III Society – has issued an official statement  – entitled: Time for King Richard III to “come home to York”…

Old Richard III memorial in leicester Cathedral

The Row: Leicester Cathedral

21.10.2012
Leicester, where the king was taken after he was slain at Bosworth? Or York Minster, where it is presumed he planned to be buried together with his wife and their only son? Two rival societies are fighting over what may be the bones of Richard III…

Future Tomb of Richard III in Leicester

Revamp of Leicester Cathedral

18.07.2013
Plans are going ahead to reinter the remains of Richard III beneath a raised tomb within a specially created area in the Cathedral. All-in-all Leicester Cathedral is planning to spend around £1 million on the reburial, which includes alterations to the building, preparations for the event and the ceremony itself…

The Plantagenet Alliance

Whither these Bones?

28.08.2013
A high court judge has given permission for descendants of Richard III’s relatives to challenge plans to reinter the king’s remains in Leicester rather than York…

Future Tomb of Richard III - chapel

The future tomb of Richard III?

24.09.2013
Shadowed by legal wrangling, the Cathedral of Leicester is moving forward with their plans for the future re-interment of Richard III. Last week the design for the future tomb was unveiled…

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Read articles about the strategic business of medieval research, exhibitions, publications and markets here…denis-the-peasantArthurians as Cultural Tourists 03.05.2013 How to envisage the future? And does literature play a part? Basically this is the question asked in a series of thoughtful articles and ruminations published in the latest issue of Arthuriana, which focus on the Arthurian as a cultural tourist…luttrell-psalter Hot – or not? 03.05.2013 First time to Kalamazoo? And want to know what is hot or not? Here is a short guide, which demonstrates that Medieval Studies in America is (still) all about being a subspecialty under the literature and art departments… Gardiner-Musto-smallMedieval Power Struggle 22.04.2013 Last week The Medieval Academy of America announced that co-executive directors, Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto have resigned, effective immediately. Behind the resignation may lie a power struggle over the future of Academic Publication… small - franciscan-martyrs--portugal-mafra- Lambs in the Midst of Wolves 25.03.2013 How to live among infidels? As a simple dove? Or as a prudent snake? And where will the Ignatian Pope with the Franciscan name find his inspiration?reading2 Digital Medieval Editions

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Come April, medievalists from all over the world will convene in Knoxville to the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy. One of the prominent debates, featuring in two round-table discussions are questions concerning the growth of digitization projects, which are taking place all over the world. Read about the speakers and get and overview here … guildhall-630x400City’s Cash 19.03.2013 City’s Cash is 800 years old and still financing The City of London. No longer cloaked in medieval secrecy, it is still a bone of contention in the elections march 2013…  ecovikings-back-2EcoVikings14.03.2013The Vikings are back! But this time they’re here to help young people reduce their carbon footprint in a fun but educational workshop …Gary-Waidson-cropped-viking-foodNew Nordic Viking Food 12.01.2013 New Nordic Viking Food is a food concept inspired by the Nordic Food Movement launched in 2003 and world-famous through the restaurant Noma in Copenhagen…© Stephane Compoint Notre Dame de ParisNotre Dame de Paris 2013 13.12.2012 Next year the cathedral expects more than 20 mill visitors who will be celebrating the 850-year anniversary of the beautiful Cathedral…The Medieval Week in Visby 26.11.2012 In times of crisis local governments cut down on their funding of festivals End of Blockbusters? With less than a 100.000 expected visitors some might view the impressive exhibition on Otto the Great in Magdeburg a failureLeicester cathedralLeicester Cathedral Chosen for the remains of Richard III Leicester Cathedral is the obvious choice. Nevertheless two rival societies are fighting over what may be the bones of Richard III…Karlsjahr 2014 Will Aachen be able to find the sponsors and the money in order to finance the celebrations of Charlemagne in 2014?Teaching in the Middle Ages is a source for inspiration Teaching the Middle Ages – in the Middle Ages and today…Historical Royal Palaces A curious charity runs five Royal Palaces as strictly business. And does a very good job… Richard III-fever galvanises hunt for the Battlefield at Barnet (1471)…France officially opens a new wing exhibiting Islamic art, 632 to 1800 AD… The Richard III Foundation advocates reburial at York Minster…If the skeleton recently found in Leicester is confirmed to be that of Richard III, the question naturally crops up: Where shall he be reburied? And not least: How… Is it misconstrued modesty to deny the public photos of the alleged skeleton of Richard III?Exhibition in Brussels of so-called Macedonian Manuscripts is met with uproar…Large exhibition about the German emperor, Otto the Great, and the Roman Empire opened in Magdeburg this weekend amidst growing misgivings in the rest of Europe about the future role of Germany…History festivals may be the way forward to “sell” history in a serious yet popular manner…Medieval Publishing will be hit by EU Plan…

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Call for Papers for Journals or Publications

For conferences, meetings etc: see postings here…Charity, Poverty, and the Politics of Benevolence in Middle Eastern and Islamic Histories For the: International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cambridge Journals. Deadline for submissions 2012-09-01Ambivalent playful musical practices in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times, 1200-1800 For the: Interdisciplinary workshop for PhD candidates and Post-Docs. Bielefeld University, Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) 2012-10-18 – 2012-10-19 Deadline for submissions 2012-08-15Articles should focus on art produced in the Netherlands (north and south) during the early modern period (c. 1400-c.1750) and be about painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry and architecture and decoration. For the: JHNA – Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art. Deadline for submissions 2012-08-01Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies For any topic of medieval studies Deadline for submissions  2012-08-15Charity, Poverty, and the Politics of Benevolence in Middle Eastern and Islamic Histories For the: International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cambridge Journals. Deadline for submissions 2012-09-01Hugh of Fouilloy: A Neglected Author of the Twelfth-Century Monastic Reform Movement The prior of a community of Augustinian canons near Amiens from ca. 1132 until his death ca. 1173-74, Hugh of Fouilloy produced six known treatises on the monastic life. Awareness of Hugh of Fouilloy has increased significantly among medievalists due to recent work by scholars such as Willene B. Clark, Mary Carruthers, Christiania Whitehead, Baudouin Van den Abeele, Franco Negri, and Rémy Cordonnier.  The intention of this collection of essays is to provide a foundation for future work on Hugh. Deadline for submissions to an edited collection 2012-10-01 

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Early Medieval Europe May 2012, Volume 20, Issue 2

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 2012 Vol. 7:

Speculum. A Journal of Medieval Studies  2012 87, 2:

The Medieval History Journal April 2012 15,1:

The Mediaeval Journal  2011: 1, 2 (published 2012): 

 

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