The Pope visits Lund, the Oldest Metropolis In Scandinavia and celebrates an ecumenical service together with Lutheran Scandinavia on Reformation day, the 31st of October.
Lund is believed to have been founded in AD 990. In 1103 it became the see of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Scandinavia.
Sveyn Forkbeard was perhaps buried in Lund in Scania, where what is left of his church can be seen
In the late Middle Ages theologians tried to keep All Saints and All Souls strictly apart. But traditions like souling and the distribution of soul-cakes helped to fuse the feasts
Between 1024 and 1033 the monks at Cluny began commemorating the Dead Souls on the day after All Saints
In the Middle Ages Polish priests and theologians fought to eradicate old and traditional ways of cohabiting with the dead. Yet it does not seem as if they ever succeeded
There is no doubt that the tradition of giving alms in the form of bread or cookies on All Saints and All Souls has both ancient and medieval roots
Urban legend in USA has it that we cannot offer the children home baked goodies at Halloween (some weirdos excel in filling them with crushed glass). More is the pity since our European traditions offer a selection of medieval traditional fare
New studies of the use of the fluid landscape in the Early Medieval Fenlands point to a continuity in the settlement-structure from pre-Roman times…
We may feel that nature is given. But it is also a significant cultural and historical construct. New book offers introduction to environmental history
Environmentalism covers the ancient idea that environments and climate influences our mentalities. New book offers an introduction
New series in environmental humanities aim to offer interdisciplinary approaches to medieval, early modern, and global pre-industrial cultures
Cassoni are known as bridal chests made in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Lavishly painted, they were gifted by the groom to the bride.
Giovanni dal Porte is an important Florentine artist bridging late Gothic and Early Renaissance. This winter, an exhibition in Florence shows his work.
The staff or wand was an important accessory used by the Völva when carrying out her magic. New book explores the staffs in both literature and archaeology
This week we have witnessed a shift in global politics difficult to come to terms with. One way is by imagining a post-liberal, clannish, medieval society.
Nearly destroyed in 1936 during the Civil War, the murals from Santa María de Sigena are at the centre of a vicious fight between Catalonia and Aragon
What were the consequences of the Justinian Plague in the 6th century? How did people react to the pain and suffering, which by all accounts were just as devastating as those in the 14th century?
New overview of mass-graves s offers tantalising glimpse of how to measure the impact of the Justinian Plague on the “Fall of Rome”.
In 2013 the archaeological discovery of the Viking Winter Camp of the “mycel heathen here” in Torksey was reported. Now comes the scientific publicationin The Antiquaries Journal.
Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates its centenary in 2016. For medievalist a particular exhibition of Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain is exciting
Medieval Shrine Madonnas were intimate sculptures, delicately carved and painted to let the devoted audience contemplate Mary as Mother worlds within
In Anglo-Norman England, the Benedictines found innovative ways to venerate Mary as the Mother of Mercy exhibiting her as the favourite enemy of the Jews.
Mary of Mercy sheltering her devotees beneath her blue cape is a beloved icon of faithful Christians. A new book traces the history of this emblem.
Why is South always on top of medieval Islamic Maps? And why are the islands in the Mediterranean placed like pearls on a string ? New book tells the story.
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