Tag Archive: Jerusalem

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

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For decades it was known only as the “graffiti stone.” Leaning against a wall in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, the big blank rock the size of a dining-room table invited scribbling by passing pilgrims and tourists. But two Israeli researchers who recently examined the other side of the stone say the neglected…

I’ll Be King For Christmas: Medieval Coronations on Christmas Day

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Crowning ceremonies have existed since Ancient Times and are even described in detail in two books of the Bible, Kings II and Chronicles II. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the coronations became commonplace as the the Kings were seen as ordained by God. Perhaps one of the most famous Christmas Day Coronations is…

MAP#52: Defending the City of God, Sharan Newman Interview

Defender of the City of God

Defender of the City of God is a new book by award winning author Sharan Newman. It examines the First Crusade, the Crusader state of Jerusalem and Queen Melisande. Sharan also writes fiction novels based in the Middle Ages, including a series of Medieval mysteries. In this lesson we talk with Sharan about her background,…

MAP#49: Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem

Melisende Medieval Archives

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was the most powerful Crusader State in the Middle Ages. Melisende, the daughter of King Baldwin II, would rule Jerusalem after the death of her father. A power struggle with her husband, Fulk V, led to a divided Kingdom. Finally in 1143 she became the sole ruler of Jerusalem, but still…

CFP: Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance June 12-14, 2014 Denver, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites panel and paper proposals on the conference theme, “Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” The conference dates are June 12-14, 2014, and…

Badge dug up in field is medieval treasure

A scrap of twisted silver found a few weeks ago by a metal detector in Lancashire will take its place among masterpieces of medieval art at the British Museum, in an exhibition opening this week of the bejewelled shrines made to hold the relics of saints and martyrs. The badge made of silver found by…