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Capricorn - Liturgical calendar for Ravenna, Italy, Milan (?), 1386

5. March 2018 by

The Medieval Calendar in Books of Hours

For people in the Middle Ages keeping track of time was all important. Early on, the Church set up itself as the timekeeper par excellence. But how did clerics keep the time? New book introduces the student to the intricacies of medieval timekeeping.

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Procession of the Bianchi - a penitentiary lay movements from 1399. Mural from the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in the Vallo di Nera

5. February 2018 by

Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy

New book by Katherine Ludwig Jansen explores how late medieval search for personal peace through regimens of penance, inspired the creation of a particular legal instrument to also obtain civic peace.

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Alex Langlands Cræft - An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

15. January 2018 by

Cræft – True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

An archaeologist takes us into the ancient world of traditional crafts to uncover their deep, original histories. Filled with a slow living it speaks to out innermost and deep yearning af a simple life

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Medieval Fishing Weir from Ireland. Source: Google Map

19. April 2017 by

Cod, Herring and Medieval Sea Fishing

Around the year 1000, Marine Fishing came to play a significant role supplying nutritious protein. New book gathers the results of decades of research.

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Lausavisa by ottar svarta

21. March 2017 by

Cnut the Great – A New Biography

Cnut the Great is one of the overlooked English kings. Maligned as aprimitive Viking conqueror, the story has most often been told as a civilising project carried out by Emma. Not so in this new biography.

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Valkyrie and Viking Warrior from Tissø @ National Museum of Denmark

21. March 2017 by

Dead Viking Warriors in Living Memory.

The archaeologist, Anne Pedersen, has painstakingly sifted through the reports of excavations of Viking warrior tombs in Denmark. New book tells the story

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The annunciation. From the Albani Psalter. Source: Wikipedia

1. November 2016 by

Mother of Mercy – Bane of the Jews

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.

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Islamic World Map from leiden

1. November 2016 by

Medieval Islamic Maps

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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William the Conqueror in the Bayeux Tapestry. Source Wikipedia

24. October 2016 by

William the Conqueror

A lifetime of scholarship plus fifteen years of hard work has been invested in David Bates’ new biography of William the Conqueror. We should be grateful!

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