Tag Archive: Middle Ages

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

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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…

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Author Interview

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The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Medieval England, 1050-1300, a comprehensive guide to life in Medieval England, is now available in North America! Written by historian Dr. Gillian Polack and archaeologist Dr. Katrin Kania The Middle Ages Unlocked explores all aspects of medieval life law, religion and education as well as the tools and…

American Ninja Warrior gets medieval!

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How does American Ninja Warrior relate to the Middle Ages? Well there’s some exciting news coming out of the Archives today! Besides medieval history one of my other passions is martial arts and with that comes a love of fitness. Or at least a need to stay fit to excel in martial arts. Last fall…

A Journey to Medieval Paris by Stew Ross

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On a warm summer day in 1965, a 10-year old boy, his parents, and their tour guide stood in front of the Place de la Concorde in Paris watching an endless swirl of cars and Vespa motor scooters. The guide was explaining the significance of the plaza to the events of the French Revolution when…

Rome’s Colosseum a Condominium in Medieval Times

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Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome’s Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome’s most iconic monument. Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American University of Rome unearthed evidence showing that ordinary Romans lived within the Colosseum from the ninth century until…

Historian Maurice H. Keen Dies at 78; Redefined Chivalry

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Honorable men, as they were called in the golden age of chivalry, were rich enough to outfit a squadron of knights and brutal enough to lead them into battle, often culminating in the killing and plundering of civilian populations. The code of chivalry defined honor in ways that are familiar to people today — as…

Austria’s crown jewels offer a unique insight into medieval Europe

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The octagonal crown fashioned from pure gold is studded with 144 precious stones and just as many pearls yet it is a priceless artifact for other reasons. The crown almost certainly once graced the head of the first German emperor Otto I more than 1,000 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been one…

Medieval Castles in 3D

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The good folks over at Battle Castle have outdone themselves! First they create a show about medieval castles, then they give us great medieval recipes to enjoy and today they released over 60 pictures of the castles. But not just any pictures, these are in 3D! (click on the pictures to embiggen them) All you…

Medieval painted churches in England and Wales

England and Wales are full of beautiful medieval churches. From the famous like Christ Church cathedral to the lesser-known like Dorchester Abbey, they offer breathtaking architecture and decoration, and since many are free, they make good budget travel destinations. Some even preserve fragile paintings from the Middle Ages, like this one photographed by Roger Rosewell,…

Britannica Knights and Castles app

Britannica Kids: Knights and Castles conveys the grandeur and pageantry of that bygone era with a rich combination of imagery, games and fact-packed articles from Britannica’s editors. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 08, 2011 The pomp and pageantry of the Middle Ages comes back to life in the newest education app from Encyclopaedia Britannica Kids. Britannica…

Some Medieval Law

We have another guest post today. This time on Medieval Law. It is brought to you by Jonathan Arnold. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq….

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

For those who consider museum-going a secular religion, here’s a meta-experience: “Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe” opens Feb. 13 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and features 133 objects linked to medieval Europe’s pilgrims – the ones who worshiped saints’ remains the way we worship the “Mona Lisa.” Co-organized…

Heston Blumenthal goes medieval as he brings spit-roasting to Knightsbridge hotel

From space-age molecular gastronomy to medieval recipes dating back 700 years. Today Heston Blumenthal revealed how he is putting aside test tubes, lab coats and liquid nitrogen and replacing them with giant spits and low-tech clockwork machinery in his first London restaurant. The chef, who won three Michelin stars at the Fat Duck in Bray,…

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…

Fable III – Xbox 360 Review

Sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple which is where we are with Fable III. Fable III is quite simply a brilliant third-person action RPG that takes place in the middle ages in the fictional kingdom of Albion. You take control and play as either the daughter or son of the Fable II’s hero as…