Category Archives: Education

NASA reinvented the wheel…and it’s made of chain mail!


During the mid-2000s, NASA Glenn engineer Vivake Asnani worked with industry partner Goodyear to develop the Spring Tire, an airless compliant tire that consists of several hundred coiled steel wires woven into a flexible mesh, giving the tires the ability to support high loads while also conforming to the terrain. The Spring Tire has been…

Walketh the Medieval Way

An explanation of the medieval gait by Cornelius Berthold in the History Park Bärnau

J. Paul Getty Museum opens “Women in the Medieval World”


Modern portrayals of medieval women tend toward stereotypical images of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the fields, and even women of ill repute. In fact, women’s roles in the Middle Ages were varied and nuanced, and medieval depictions of womanhood were multi-faceted. Illuminating Women in the Medieval World, on view June…

Longbow versus breastplate


The age old debate of Longbow vs. Armor… pick your side and watch the video below

Shakespeare and his World – FREE Online Course


The University of Warwick is offering an online course on the life of Shakespeare. Sign up for the FREE Shakespeare course on FutureLearn About the course William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death, with his words have inspired and moved people from…

Bede’s World attraction in Jarrow saved from closure

The Venerable Bede

A tourist attraction about the Venerable Bede that closed due to a cash crisis has been saved. Bede’s World – dedicated to the saint and influential scholar – shut last month with trustees blaming government cuts. South Tyneside Council, which owns the land and buildings, has found a new operator to oversee the site. The…

What Mars Would Look Like Mapped by Medieval Cartographers

What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer. The map is the work of Eleanor Lutz of Tabletop Whale, who used NASA data to complete the full map. “I picked the style because I thought the project had…

Free Battle of Shrewsbury lecture to be hosted by University Centre


The question of what happened to the bodies after the Battle of Shrewsbury will be explored by a medieval warfare expert at a free lecture hosted by the town’s University Centre this month. Dr Philip Morgan will present the talk at Rowley’s House in Shrewsbury town centre on Wednesday January 27. People are invited to…

American Academy in Rome Fellowship Opportunity

rome prize

General Information Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The deadline for the nation-wide Rome Prize competition is 1 November 2015. Applications will also be accepted between 2-15…

Axe throwing, sword forging – but no sacrificing – at Norway’s Viking school

Viking School

We’ve had the TV shows, we’re getting the theme park and now the Viking invasion is extending to higher education in Norway. Students at Seljord Folkehøgskule, a college 90 miles west of Oslo, are embarking on a new programme to learn traditional Viking skills such as sword forging, jewellery making and roof thatching, as well…

CFP: International Congress “The Authorship: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Analysis”


INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS “THE AUTHORSHIP. THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS AND PRACTICAL ANALYSIS” Date: October 22-23 2015 Location: University of Santiago de Compostela In the last third part of the 20th Century, historical, philosophical and social scientific different trends converged in a common interest: to problematize author and authorship’s concepts. This issue has already emerged in the late 60’s,…

FREE Course: Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality

This year marks the 600th anniversary of one of the biggest battles in Medieval history, the Battle of Agincourt. We discussed the battle in lesson 44 of the podcast. Agincourt was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War for Henry V and England. It’s an epic battle where legends are born and chivalry died!…

The Heavy Plough and the Agricultural Revolution in Medieval Europe


While I was doing research for the latest episode of The Vikings Podcast I came across this paper on the medieval heavy plough and its impact on medieval society. The writers take on the hypothesis of Lynn White Jr that the heavy plough led to an increase in population and urbanization. The team of researchers…

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts – free online course


Stanford University is offering a free online course called Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts starting Tuesday, 20 January 2015. The class is taught by a fantastic group of medievalists, including Professor Elaine Treharne, if you’re not following Elaine on twitter, you really should! In fact you can connect with all the instructors on Twitter, they are…

How to Read a Primary Source with Natalie Zemon Davis

While the example isn’t medieval the concept is solid. Natalie Zemon Davis lays out how to examine history through a primary source. Enjoy.