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Relief of Mithras from the Vatican. Source: Wikipedia

5. December 2016 by


The Merovingians


The Merovingians literally means “The People of Merowech”. But who was Merowech? And what does his name tell us about the first Frankish kings?

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Theotokos from the 6th century. St. Catherine in Sinai. Source: Wikipedia

5. November 2016 by


Cultural Consequences of the Justinian Plague


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?

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Ambling Icelandic Horseriding

14. September 2016 by


The Origin of Ambling Horses


Icelandic Viking horses are known for they ambling gait. Following the gene, scientists now suggest that the first Icelandic horses were in fact English

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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

13. September 2016 by


A Lost Tribal Hidage?


Bede used charters and other written documents while writing his histories. Careful sifting of the evidence reveals that he also used a now lost "Tribal Hidage".

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Serbian Medieval Documents in the State Archives of Venice 1435-08-14_Djuradj_Brankovic, in: monasterium.net

11. August 2016 by


Chartered Landscapes and Networks


Medieval charters are valuable resources for writing local histories of landscapes and lives. But they are also useful when studying networks through time

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Simon Bening August Moving Wheat Binding Sheaves - detail. Source: Google Art Project

7. June 2016 by


The Economics of the Black Death


How come the economy did not ground to a halt after 1349 - 50, but rather witnessed growth? New article aims to shed light on this conundrum

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Medieval famine grave from St. Mary's Spitalfield Source: MOLA

7. June 2016 by


Medieval Famine and Frailty in London


Medieval Famines occurred from time to time. The question is whether some individuals were more prone than others to outlive a period of harsh conditions.

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The Black Death from the toggenburg bible 1411

24. May 2016 by


The Black Death was a True Disaster


New path-breaking research not only shows that the Black Death was as calamitous as previously thought, but also opens up for micro-mapping of the events

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Lombard man's grave goods from Szólád Hungary. Source: wikipedia/James Steakley

12. May 2016 by


Migration Period People on the move


How should we understand the movements through Europe in the 5th and 6th centuries? New research into ancient DNA and Isotopes shed light on this question

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