Tag Archive: Christianity

Found: Viking war lord buried in his boat

Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead. Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the…

The Benzie Area Historical Museum is hosting a series of lectures on medieval Christianity

The Benzie Area Historical Museum is currently hosting a series of lectures on medieval Christianity as part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series. Louis Yock, museum director, will be presenting the lectures, which started last week, the first of which focused on medieval Christianity and the Holy Roman Empire. According to Yock, the lecture took…

Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

What inspired you to write The Abacus and the Cross? I was introduced to The Scientist Pope through an act of grace. Writing my previous book, The Far Traveler, about an adventurous Viking woman, I found myself making an imaginary pilgrimage to Rome just after the year 1000. Wondering which pope (if any) Gudrid the…

New Medieval Lit Professor at Westmont

Jamie Friedman, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of English this fall, became fascinated by medieval studies when an English professor visited her history class to discuss Beowulf, the Old English epic poem. “He had us beat on the desks while he chanted the verse,” Friedman says. “The content of the poem and the…

Visiting a medieval monastery in Armenia

The medieval monastery of Geghard in Armenia’s Kotayk province appears almost camouflaged, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. Geghard was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and although the monastery has been in place since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. It…