Out of Chaos © David Holt Olsen (By kind permission)

Chaos – Dark Age Europe between c. 300-600

A new special Exhibition – Out of Chaos – at Moesgaard Museum in Århus spotlights the Dark Ages between AD 300-600

Poster for exhibition in Trier 2022 The Falle and Decline of Rome

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in Trier

Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse in the 5th century? A major exhibition in Trier and focusing on the Late Antiquity offers a handful of explanations at three separate locations…

When did Advent begin? And why was baking and brewing so important?

Bernt Notke's Altar in Århus - Advent position

Veiling the Altar at Advent in Århus

Bernt Notke (c. 1440 – 1509) was a German Painter and wood-carver responsible for the intricate altarpiece in Århus Cathedral, which has three positions, Feast, Passion and Advent Read more

Medieval Apple Cakes in the Danish fashion Photo 84480402 / Aebleskiver © Ian Walker | Dreamstime.com

Advent was a Season of Eager Anticipation and Multiple Preparations

Advent was a busy period of festive preparations in the Middle Ages filled with slaughtering, cooking, and brewing.  Read more

Palace Chapel in Palermo-Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem web

Advent – Truce of God

Originally Advent was a period of Parousia with Christmas signalling the Second Coming of Christ. Later it became a period set aside for peace when warring and feuding was strictly prohibited. Signalled by the Triumphant Coming of Christ and his earthly representative, the King heralded a new worldly peace Read more

Who were the Normans? And what happened in Northwestern Europe at the time of Cnut the Great and William the Conqueror? New Books tell the stories

Cnut the Great and Edmund ironside at the Battle of Assandun. Source: Matthew Paris, Chronica Majora, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 26, fol. 80v/Wikipedia (Open Domain)

The Lifeworlds of Cnut the Great and William the Conqueror

In 2016, when the English decided to leave the EU, several international conferences were organised to shed light on the conquests of Medieval England by Cnut the Great and William the Conqueror. New books present some of these papers and new perspectives…

 

Chateu de Faliase. © Christian Musat - Dreamstime

History of the Normans and Normandy – New and Recent Books

The history of Normandy and the Normans continue to excise the imagination of historians, archaeologists and scholars. A handful of recently published books offer introductions as well as more specialised studies

New Viking Exhibitions 2020-22

Sword and ax from Langeid, first half of the 11th century. © Museum of Cultural History, UiO

New Viking Exhibition in Oslo

A new Viking exhibition – Vikingr – opened last year in Oslo, showcasing some of the fabulous finds from recent years

Salme Vikingship © Salme Viikingiturg

Vikings Before Vikings

When the two Viking ships found at Salme and holding the remains of 41 dead warriors were dated to ca. AD 700-750, the sensation rippled through academic circles. Now, the finds are exhibited in Estonia.

Photomontage Viking © National Museum of Denmark. Martin de Thurah og Kasper Tuxen

The Viking Expedition – Copenhagen 2021

In a few weeks time, The National Museum of Denmark opens its doors to a whole new “take” of the Viking Experience….

Feature Photo from Exhibition in Stockholm summer 2021

The Viking World – Exhibition in Stockholm 2021

A new exhibition in Stockholm called the Viking World boasts of being the world’s largest. Opening its doors in June, the jury is still out. But the preview seems impressive….

Viking silver mounted warrior Source: Moesgaard/RUS

The Rus – Vikings of the East

In January 2022, the Museum at Moesgaard in Århus plans to open a new exhibition telling how the Vikings conquered the East while sailing, trading, raiding and settling from Novgorod to Kiev and further South

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Poster for exhibition in Trier 2022 The Falle and Decline of Rome

The Decline and Fall of an Empire – An Exhibition in Trier 2022

12/11/2022

Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse in the 5th century? A major exhibition in Trier offers a handful of explanations at three separate locations. Read more

The Golden Horns From Gallehus © National Museum/Lennart Larsen ccbysa

The Golden Horns from Gallehus from AD 400

25/09/2022

In 1639 and 1734, two impressive horns from c. AD 400 and made of gold were discovered at Gallehus near the present border between Denmark and Germany Read more

The great Hall and the Temple at Uppåkra © Lunds Universitet

Who Visited Iron Age Uppåkra in AD 463?

19/09/2022

Outside Lund, lies the remains of a unique Iron Age settlement, Uppåkra. Known for it rich archaeological finds, much more remains to be revealed. With the help of new scientific methods, more elusive remains, such as DNA, viruses, and bacteria are expected to come to light for the first time. Read more

Cooking on top of Kraken ca. 1215. From: Harley MS 4751, Fol 69r. Soruce: British Library

Whales and whaling in the Icelandic Seas – and the Kraken

31/07/2022

Around 1250, someone wrote at princely mirror to educate Magnus, son of the Norwegian King. Here is an excerpt about whales and whaling Read more

New Research

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The Early Medieval State

06/12/2022

Looking at Early Medieval States from a strategic-relational aspect reveals the inner workings of the politics of land, grants, charters and gift-giving, establishing hegemonies. Read more

Huns with elongated skulls . Source: Europeana

The Genetic Origin of Huns, Avars, and conquering Hungarians

13/11/2022

Who were the Huns? The Avars? And the conquering Hungarians? New studies of aDNA tell the story of a series of nomadic peoples, who may have kept themselves apart when migrating across the Eurasian Steppe. Read more

Why did the Norse Disappear from Greenland?

24/07/2022

Why did the Norse People in Greenland upend their settlements in the late 15th century? A new explanation refers to their culture and way of life inherited from 9th century Viking Society. Read more

Wadden See. The Geomagnetic team at work on the tidal flats near Hallig Hooge. © Ruth Blankenfeldt

Life in the Medieval town of Rungholt in 1362

11/04/2022

In AD 1362, a terrible storm broke through the medieval dykes in the Wadden Sea, protecting people living in the marshy foreland. Later called the Grote Mandrenke – The Great Drowning of Men – a whole town, Rungholt, together with 42 parishes, disappeared. Read more

New Books

Cotton MS Julius A VI, A calender from the 11th-12th centuries. Fol . r © British Library/Open Domain

New Perspectives on the Agricultural Revolution in the Early Middle Ages

28/11/2022

Between 800 and 1200 medieval Europe experienced a warmer climate. This fertile period fed the growth of populations, towns and markets. New book explores the role of new technologies – and especially the mouldboard plough Read more

Chateu de Faliase. © Christian Musat - Dreamstime

History of the Normans and Normandy – New and Recent Books

13/08/2022

The history of Normandy and the Normans continue to excise the imagination of historians, archaeologists and scholars. A handful of recently published books offer introductions as well as more specialised studies Read more

Cnut the Great and Edmund ironside at the Battle of Assandun. Source: Matthew Paris, Chronica Majora, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 26, fol. 80v/Wikipedia (Open Domain)

The Lifeworlds of Cnut the Great and William the Conqueror

13/08/2022

In 2016, when the English decided to leave the EU, several international conferences were organised to shed light on the conquests of Medieval England by Cnut the Great and William the Conqueror. New books present some of these papers and new perspectives. In 2016, several conferences were organised in the… Read more

Ribe from the air. © Visitribe.dk

The story of Viking–Age Ribe

12/08/2022

New book tells the story of Viking–Age Ribe – A Northern Emporium AD 700 – 900 Read more

Whaling in the Faroe Islands 17th of June 1854. Source: Wikipedia

On the Hunt for Medieval Whales

06/08/2022

Recent book explores the practices of medieval whaling, drive-whaling and scavenging in Europe in the Middle Ages. Youri van den Hurk, offers new and exciting insights into the archaeology and cultural history Read more

Memmo Di Filipuccio: Eritic Scenes in the Camera di Podesta, San Giminigano. Soruce: Wikipedia Open Domain.

Love, Sex & Marriage in the Middle Ages

04/08/2022

In the Middle Ages, love, sex and marriage were complicated matters to negotiate. New and revised edition of the classical handbook from Routledge offers a thorough introduction Read more

Christine de Pisan presenting her book to Queen Isabeu and her companions. Source: Wikipedia

Women’s Friendship in Medieval Literature

04/08/2022

Was it different to strike a female friendship in the Middle Ages? New book seeks to answer this question by exploring the way women thought about and performed their friendships Read more

An Illustration in the 14th century manuscript, the Codex Manasse showing the Jewish poet, Süsskind von Trimberg. Source: wikipedia

Jewish Women in the Medieval World: 500–1500 CE

04/08/2022

Jewish Woman lived complicated lives experiencing family, sex, work, faith and cris in a particular way. New book serves as an important introduction Read more

Minor News

Bayeux Tapestry Scene by Scene

06/08/2022

NEWS: Discover the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene and follow online the 70 meter-long embroidered canvas which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066. Read more

Volcano. Source: Wikipedia

Environmental Change in the Middle Ages Project Receives a Considerable Grant

06/06/2022

How resilient are people when met with sudden and terrifying climatic changes? New project at Durham University aims to carry out groundbreaking research into the resilience – or lack thereof – in the Mediterranean Early Middle Ages Read more

The reconstructed medieval chruch in Söndra Råda in Wärmland in Sweden © Mimmi Göllas

Medieval Church in Södra Råda in Sweden Rebuilt

06/06/2022

This Whitsun, Södra Råda Church in Värmland in Sweden will be re-inaugurated. The aim of the reconstruction of the burnt-down medieval treasure was to learn how a church was built in the 14th century. Read more

Winchester Cathedral © Visit Winchester

Winchester Town and Cathedral

01/06/2022

The history of Winchester reaches back into prehistory. From an Iron Age oppidum, it changed into the Roman town. Later, it turned into one of the most important cities in Anglo Saxon and Early Medieval England Read more

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