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!
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 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….
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….
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”….
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….
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
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’….
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 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 Movement
REVIEW: Viking halls, regional judicial places, oath rings, door keys, leadworking and much more figures in a fascinating new book on Viking Worlds….
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?….
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….
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….
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.
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.
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
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 summer exhibition at Louvre-Lens – Gold and Ivory – highlights the wealth of artistic exchanges between Paris and what is now Tuscany 1250 -1320
Aube en Champagne celebrates the 900th anniversary of the Cistercian foundation, the Abbey of Clairvaux in 2015
Exciting exhibition at the Bargello in Firenze tells the story of medieval travellers and their journeys
The City Museum in Barcelona has remodeled its exhibition devoted to the period from Late Antiquity and into the 8th century: the Visigothic period