Entry into Jerusalem ivory Carving sarnen Scwitzerland ca 1330. Source: 'Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

The Entry into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday, we follow Jesus into Jerusalem – perhaps contemplating this beautiful Gothic Ivory from ca. 1330…


Palmesel procession in Thaur near Insbruck 2014

Palmesel in Thaur Near Innsbruck

The use of a statue of a donkey in connection with Palm Sunday is mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. This was in Augsburg. Hope was to be absolved of one’s sins by pulling the ass along…



Palmese from Lower Franconia 15th century Source: Wikipedia

Approaching the Bible in Medieval England

We are used to thinking of the bible as a book. However, in the Late Middle Ages, the Bible came in many disguises: performed as liturgy, music or plays; or mediated through sermons, images or ceremonial objects…

Palm Sunday in York 2014

The Entry into Jeru-salem in Medieval York

When staging the Entry into Jerusalem, Medieval York simply turned into Jerusalem in the eyes and minds of the audience and performers…

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

Medieval News…

earl of lancaster © British Library fol 56 Luttrell psalter

Medieval Devotional Panel

31. March 2015

Archaeologists from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) discovered the devotional panel, venerating Thomas, Earl of Lancaster in remarkable condition by the River Thames.

Bald leechbook - © Trustees of the British Library

Medieval Eye Salve Kills superbugs

30. March 2015

A medieval remedy for modern day superbugs? It sounds like an April hoax; however the research was posted in a press-release on the 30th of March and will – according to the programme – be presented at a conference in Birmingham this week. So perhaps it really is true!

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

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…

Stele_Licinia_Amias_Terme_Early Christian inscription in Rome

Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World

30. March 2015

This book consider the visual qualities of inscriptions, ranging across the Mediterranean and the Near East from Spain to Iran and beyond

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: Bokashi.se

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.

Conferences and CfP’s…

Tapisserie de Bayeux - Scène 1 : le roi Édouard le Confesseur

The Bayeux Tapestry – 950 anniversary

30. March 2015

2016 is the 950th anniversary of 1066, which climaxed with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. Conference in February commemorates the Bayeux Tapestry

The Ulfbehrt sword found in the Weser

Being Medieval and the Human Experience

29. March 2015

Being Medieval: Archaeology, Society and the Human Experience is the title of the SMA Annual Conference 2015

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