Ski from the glacier at Reiheimen in Uppland

1300-year old ski is being reconstructed

Last year archaeologists found a very old ski with its ski-binding intact. Now the time has come to reconstruct the find…

Medieval News…

Crippled Child in the Luttrel Psalter fol 186v © British Library

Disability in the Middle Ages

20. January 2015

The history of disability in the Middle Ages and later is the subject of a new resource developed by English Heritage In medieval England, the ‘lepre’, the ‘blynde’, the ‘dumbe’, the ‘deaff’, the ‘natural fool’, the ‘creple’, the ‘lame’ and the ‘lunatick’ were a highly visible presence in everyday life. People could be born with …

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Utrecht Psalter

17. December 2014

The Utrecht Psalter, which is currently owned by the Utrecht University Library, has been nominated for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

Cristal de croix - © Philippe Berthé / Centre des Monuments nationaux

Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cross Found after 100 Years

13. December 2014

Crystal Cross from the 16th century returned after a hundred years. It is believed to have belonged to either Mary Stewart or her mother Marie de Guise

Richard III - earliest portrait

Richard III had fair hair and blue eyes

3. December 2014

Model of Richard III has to be redone in view of genetic evidence. It appears Richard III Richard III had fair hair and blue eyes

Hagia Sophia Southwestern Entrance Mosaics Source: Wikipedia

Hagia Sophia

1. December 2014

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord ), wrote Pope Francis in the guestbook of Hagia Sophia in November 2014

Svem Rosborn and girl with golden disk 2014

Harold Bluetooth’s Talisman – A Sensational Find? Or Fake?

28. November 2014

Recently a strange golden object with an inscription about the Danish Viking , Harold Bluetooth, resurfaced from an old box from Poland

General view over valley in mountains of south Norway from beside Lendbreen glacier

Recreating Norwegian Tunic from the Iron Age

26. November 2014

A Norwegian tunic, dated to AD 230 -390, is going to be recreated In Norway the ice is melting in the glaciers, shedding numerous treasures from the prehistoric as well as medieval past. A few years ago the Lendbreen glacier in Breheimen National Park thus coughed up shoes, hunting gear, tent pegs, textile rags and horse dung …

New Grotesque at St George's Chapel at Windsor

Grotesques at St. George

25. November 2014

St. George’s Chapel at Windsor has literally reinvented the medieval genre of grotesques

Medieval Events & Exhibitions

Agincourt
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.

Frances I at Louvre
Francis I of France 1515 – 2015 6. January 2015

2015 France celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the coronation of Francis I in Reims

Magna Carta British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106
Magna Carta 11. December 2014

2015 England and with it large parts of the Anglo-Saxon World is set to celebrate the 800-year anniversary of Magna Carta. A spat of books are in the crucible

New Books…

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The King of Dublin and the Earl of Warwick

22. January 2015

New book launches a search for the remains of the Earl of Warwick, presumed son of the Duke of Clarence, brother of Richard III

Crippled Child in the Luttrel Psalter fol 186v © British Library

Disability in the Middle Ages

20. January 2015

The history of disability in the Middle Ages and later is the subject of a new resource developed by English Heritage In medieval England, the ‘lepre’, the ‘blynde’, the ‘dumbe’, the ‘deaff’, the ‘natural fool’, the ‘creple’, the ‘lame’ and the ‘lunatick’ were a highly visible presence in everyday life. People could be born with …

The Chantry of Richard Fox in Winchester

Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester

30. December 2014

Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester played an important role in the early Tudor age

St. Dominic and his Friars Fed by Angels - G. Sogliani

Against the Friars

30. December 2014

NEW BOOK: Very early on the friars attracted vigorous support. But they were also continuously mocked and derided by those, who considered them hypocrites and worse

The Miller's Tale in the Ellesmere Manuscript

The Miller’s Tale by Chaucer

30. December 2014

The miller’s tale is one of Chaucer’s most beloved and ingenious stories. A new book tells the story of how it has been adapted and retold through the centuries

Saint Benignus Crypt Dijon photo by Maria Lucia Uribe Torres

The Abbey of Saint-Bénigne in Dijon

29. December 2014

Saint Benignus was the patron saint of Dijon. A new book tells the story about the former abbey, now cathedral in Dijon, which was dedicated to him since the 6th century. Saint Benignus of Dijon was a martyr honoured as the patron saint of Dijon. His feast falls on November I (All Saints). It is …

Drummond Castle was begun in 1490

The Scottish People 1490-1625

17. December 2014

The Scottish People, 1490-1625 is one of the most comprehensive texts ever written on Scottish History at the time of the reformation

Rome in the Peutinger Map

Medieval Rome: Stability and Crisis of a City, 900-1150

16. December 2014

Rome in the middle ages was much more than just the city of Popes. In a new book Chris Wickham tells the story of the city 900 – 1150

Conferences and CfP’s…

Stirling Castle, Scotland

European Association of Archaeologists 2015

19. December 2014

The 21st annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will be hosted in Glasgow in 2015

The Library at Kloster Reisach

Collected, Plundered and Saved

17. December 2014

Conference: Collected, Plundered and Saved from Medieval Libraries

Crucifixion (detail) 1366-67 Fresco Cappellone degli Spagnoli, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Dominican Order in the Middle Ages

17. December 2014

Interdisciplinary conference in 2015 aims to shed light on the influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages

Bern, The capital of Swizerland

The Use of Water

15. December 2014

Conference March 2015: The Use of Water – practical habits and symbolic customs in the Middle Ages