Summer Time is for Visiting Medieval Open-Air Museums…

The medieval centre at Falster © Medieval Histories

The Medieval Centre In Denmark

In 1999 a group of dedicated medieval craftsmen built a trebuchet, a siege weapon to mark the 700th anniversary of the nearby town. Out of this grew the present open-air museum dedicated to telling the story of medieval life c. 1400….

Aerial view of Guédelon at the beginning of season 2017 © Guédelon/Denis Gliksman

Anniversary Season for Guédelon 1997 – 2017

Twenty years in the making and slowly getting there, Guédelon once more invites visitors to participate in the fun this summer….

Transporting the Bell from haitahbu to Ribe summer 2017 © Wikinger Museum Haithabu

Ansgar’s Church at Ribe Viking Centre c. 860

Ribe Viking Centre is an open-air museum faithfully recreating lif in the Viking Age. This summer a major attraction is the recreation of Ansgar’s church c. 850….

Walraversijde. Source: Wikipedia/Zeph

Medieval Fishing Village in Walraversijde

Close to airport of Ostend in Belgium lies a proper hidden gem, the Walraversijde archaeological site – a medieval open-air museum

Medieval Open-Air-Museum at Poggibonsi © Archeodrome Poggibonsi

Poggibonsi In the Middle Ages

Medieval Poggibonsi in Tuscany is a fortified hilltop village, which has been extensively excavated by archaeologists from Siena. Now an open-air museum, it is an initiative dedicated to authenticity and faithful recreation….

Experiementing with old building techniques © Campus GalliThe Carolingian Monastery at Campus Galli

The goal of the project at Campus Galli is to copy the success at Guédelon, except this time it is not the reconstruction of a 13th-century castle, but of a 9th century Carolingian Monastery….

Avaldsnes with St. Olau's Church. Source: Avaldsnes/Anita LangaakerAvaldsnes – Norway’s Oldest Royal Seat

The famous royal seat at Avaldsnes on the West Coast of Norway is best known as the residence of Harold Fairhair, but excavations tell us about a splendid royal hall from the 13th century….

Medieval Gardening…

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, overlooking the Dordogne River in Périgord

Medieval Gardens from 500 – 1500

Some may think that medieval gardens were all about cabbages, beans and medicinal herbs. But gardens wee also intended for lush and frivolous play. Some, even, became exquisite pieces of art

Eleanor's garden in Winchester Castle. A reconstruction by Sylvia Landsberg. Source: Wikipedia

Heavenly Delights in Medieval Gardens

Medieval garden books offer a wide variety of inspiration for the avid gardener. Here is alist of some of the best introductions

Emilia in her Garden. From the novella by Boccacio. Österreichise Nationalbibliothek. Source: Wikipedia

Gardens of Music and Delight

Medieval Music was both inspired by gardens and inspiring for gardeners. Four recordings are exceptionally delicious in their sound and delicacy and embalm the soul at this season

Deail of mural showing the Capella Sassetti, where St. Francis was stigmatized. By Ghirlandaio 1483

The Garden of St. Francis

St. Francis is known for his devotion to nature and patron saint for the environment. However, it is not that easy to know exactly how Francis really thought about nature. One key offers “his garden”

Lucas Chranach the Younger. The Vineberg, detail. 1569.

The Garden of Martin Luther

“I have planted a garden and dug a well. Now, come and be crowned with a wreath of roses and lilies…”

Longobardi. Exhibition in Pavia 2017. © Osvaldo-Di-Pietrantonio

The Lombards – A People who made History

6. September 2017

One of the major medieval exhibitions this autumn focuses upon the Longobards. To be seen in Pavia this autumn, it moves to Naples and the Hermitage Read more

Viking treasure from Hiddensee. Source: Wikipedia

Viking Thieves – Once Again

28. August 2017

Once again thieves went for precious Viking Jewels at a major exhibition centre. This time in Denmark Read more

Colle Gnifetti © La Scuola di Scialpismo

How Devastating was the Black Death?

19. July 2017

New studies of the levels of atmospheric lead as evidenced by icecores drilled from an Alpine Glacier lets scientists gauge the devastating effects of the Black Death on Economy and Society. It appears all ground to a halt. Read more

Handschriftenportal - Cover

German Scholars Plan to Update Manuscripta Mediaevalia

16. July 2017

Manuscripta Medievalia is a classic example of a digitisation project overrun by technological advances. A group of German medievalists will remedy this. Read more

Aerial view of Guédelon at the beginning of season 2017 © Guédelon/Denis Gliksman

Anniversary Season for Guédelon 1997 – 2017

14. July 2017

Twenty years in the making and slowly getting there, Guédelon once more invites visitors to participate in the fun this summer. Read more

Landscape from Kujataam Greenland. Source: Management Plan

Old Norse and Inuit Greenland claimed World Heritage by UNESCO

9. July 2017

Kujataa – Southern Greenland holds the ruins of Norse settlements and their Inuit neighbours. Today, UNESCO inscribed the old farming landscape as World Heritage. Read more

Transporting the Bell from haitahbu to Ribe summer 2017 © Wikinger Museum Haithabu

Ansgar’s Church at Ribe Viking Centre c. 860

8. July 2017

Ribe Viking Centre is an open-air museum faithfully recreating lif in the Viking Age. This summer a major attraction is the recreation of Ansgar’s church c. 850 Read more

Excavating burial ground at haithabu Summer 2017 Source: Haithabu/FB

New Finds at Haithabu in Northern Germany

5. July 2017

This summer archaeologists excavate a burial ground from 10th century Haithabu. Spectacular finds may shed further light on the elite lifestyle of Vikings Read more

The medieval centre at Falster © Medieval Histories

The Medieval Centre In Denmark

4. July 2017

After a local medieval festival in 1999 the plan was hatched to create an open-air museum dedicated to telling the story of medieval life c. 1400. Read more

Sacramentarium tinecense - National Library Krakow fol. 42

The Sacramentary from Tyniec

12. June 2017

The Sacramentary from the Benedictine abbey in Tyniec from c. 1060 – 70 is one of the prized possessions of the National Library in Warsaw. Read more

Excavating the Fregerslev Viking spring 2017. Source: Visit Skanderborg

19th-Century Peasant Dashed Archaeologists’ Hopes in Fregerslev

10. May 2017

Hopes of finding a full burial ground surrounding the grave of the Fregerslev Viking have been dashed. But finds of blingy harness and numerous arrows exite Read more

Reconstruction of the Newport Ship by Peter Power © Friends of the Newport Ship

Will the Medieval Newport Ship once again Sail on the Usk?

2. May 2017

Plans are being made to have the Medieval Newport Ship from the 15th century recreated by a Basque Heritage Group, the Albaola. Read more

Schechter at work on the Genizah Archive © Cambridge University

The Genizah of Medieval Cairo: a Discarded History

28. April 2017

In the 19th century, more than 280.000 Jewish manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah came to light. They witness to a thousand-year-old Jewish history Read more

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, overlooking the Dordogne River in Périgord

Medieval Gardens from 500 – 1500

25. April 2017

Some may think that medieval gardens were all about cabbages, beans and medicinal herbs. But gardens also came to be intended for lush and frivolous play Read more

A Danish high school student participates in the "Where Are You From?" outreach program. Credit: Anders Traerup, Aarhus University

The Danes: Homogeneity in DNA Witness to their “Tribal” Character

23. April 2017

When studied by foreigners, Danes always end up as being characterised through their “tribal” lifestyle. New studies of the DNA confirms this trait Read more

Pomerania. Landscape © MoverOne

Climate and Migrations in Early Medieval Germany

23. April 2017

What role did the Early Medieval climate changes play in the creation of the post-Roman world? Did people migrate because of the cooling weather? Read more

New Books

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Conferences 2017

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Minor Medieval News for July 2017

Luxurious eating at Tintagel, Heliand digitised and Kwakkel planning new researchproject on teaching…