Fighting Vikings on a bild stone from Smiss, Gotland. 8th Century. Historiska Museet. Source: wikipedia

The Heroic World of the Vikings Depicted in their Skaldic Verses

Since 2002, the Skaldic project has published a large part of the Skaldic Verses from the Viking world. Although not complete, it does offer us a preview of what was the main outline of the heroic world of the Vikings as depicted here

Coins from Dorestad and Haithabu c. 800 - 825

Sigfred and Godfred (804 – 810) – Ferocious Vikings from the North

In the Frankish Annals, we read about Saxon and Slavic rebellions to the north involving several Danish kings. Who were they? Also, how should we characterise their way of life?

New Hall at Erritsø © Esben Klinker Hansen and Vejle Museums

The Elite Residence of an Early Danish King at Erritsø

Some years ago archaeologists discovered an elite residence in 8th century Jutland. New excavations recently uncovered yet another magnificent hall. Might this be Godfred’s and his ancestor’s?

Coin found near Ribe 2018 © Sydvestjyske Museer

Treasure of Viking Coins Discovered at Ribe

Recently, a lucky punch from a detectorist resulted in the find of a very rare Viking coin. Soon, the find had multiplied to 252 coins, shedding new light on the rule of power in early Viking Denmark c. 800




Royal Hall at Lejre © Sagnlandet/Ole Malling

Legendary Viking Hall Reconstructed at Lejre


In 2009 the remains of the largest Viking Hall in Denmark was excavated at Lejre. Dated to the 8th century, it is currently being reconstructed at Land of Legends Read more

Strake from the Gjellestad Ship. Photo: Sigrid Mannsaaker Gundersen 2019

New Viking Ship at Gjellestad is Being Excavated


For the first time in more than a hundred years, archaeologists are uncovering what is definitely a buried Viking ship. Read more

Nyborg Castle before the restoration © Realdania

Nyborg Castle in Grave Danger


An intrusive new construction threatens to completely dominate the preserved wing of Nyborg Castle, home to the first Danish Parliament. Should we let architects loose on this precious medieval heritage, ask opponents? Read more

Man in a boat-grave discovered in Gl. Uppsala in 2019 © The Archaeologists, National Historical Museums

Newly found Viking Boat Graves in Uppsala


Two rare Viking boat burials are currently being excavated in Uppsala, the old political and religious centre in Sweden from c. 550 – 1000 Read more

Private Quarters at Goodrich Castle. The Solar, which Joan de Valence probably designed. © Buildingstones

Gender, Heritage and Medieval Castles


Castles are for boys. Overwhelmingly the tourism industry makes these sites available as playgrounds for the gendered stereotypes of wannabe knights and admiring and blushing damsels. How should we remedy this state of affairs? Read more

Stadtwald in Augsburg ©

UNESCO World Heritage 2019: Water Management System of Augsburg


Augsburg boasts of one of the first water management systems installed since Roman Antiquity. Built int he 13th century, it is now listed as World Heritage Read more

Mirozhsky Monastery in Pskov. Source: Wikipedia/Savin

UNESCO World Heritage 2019 – Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture


Pskov is located 20 km from the border of Estonia. Likely, the listing of the churches and monasteries in the ancient principality of Pskov reflects the geo-political interests of Putin’s Russia Read more

Bergstadt Bleyberg, an Open-Air Museum in die Erzgebirge© Wikipedia

UNESCO World Heritage 2019: Mining landscape and Mining towns at Erzgebirge/ Krušnohoří


Erzgebirge/ Krušnohoří is a distinct  Mining landscape in the border region between Germany and Czechia Read more

New Books

Corbel from Sainte-Croix in Poitiers © Martin M. Miles

Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix 


Sainte-Croix was established by Radegund in the 6th century. For nearly a thousand years, the Abbey was home to superior women Read more

Fighting between Byzantines and Arabs Chronikon of Ioannis Skylitzes, end of 13th century. Source: wikipedia

Byzantine Empire c. 500 – 1492


This book is an invaluable introduction to the history of the Byzantine Empire c. 500 – 1492 Read more

Medieval Lawyers in Bologna

Horizontal Learning in the High Middle Ages


Medieval learning was not just a matter of masters teaching disciples. It was also a matter of learned communities engaging in Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Transfer Read more

Ferdinand and Isabella - Spanish Monarchs . Source Wikipedia

The Routledge History of Monarchy 


The Routledge History of Monarchy draws together current research across the field of royal studies, providing a rich understanding of the history of monarchy from a variety of geographical, cultural and temporal contexts. The Routledge History of Monarchy by Elena Woodacre, Lucinda H.S. Dean, Chris Jones, Zita Rohr and Russell… Read more

New Research

Huerto from outside Valencia Source Wikipedia

Gardens in Early Medieval Iberia ca. 750–1000


In 1974 the historian Andrew Watson published an influential article in which he coined the phrase: The Arab Agricultural Revolution. How has this thesis fared? What do we know today about gardening in Early Medieval Iberia?
Read more

The Ilopango Volcano in San Salvador. Source: wikipedia

The Ilopango Volcano in El Salavador was responsible for the events in AD 539-40.


The climatic disruption in the 6thcentury was forced by a series of massive volcanic eruptions. Recently the Ilopango volcano was identified as responsible for the events AD 539-40. NEW RESEARCH: Radiocarbon and geologic evidence reveal Ilopango volcano as source of the colossal ‘mystery’ eruption of 539/40 CE Robert A.Dull, John… Read more

Fesonas and Cassiel the Baudrain Playing Chess. Jacques de Longuyon, Vows of the Peacock; Belgium, Tournai, ca. 1345-50. Pierpont Morgan Library, MS G.24, f. 25v (detail)

Tight Tunics and Ridiculous Hoods – Fashion in 1340


Suddenly, in the 1340s young Italian men began to wear cropped tunics, drooping hoods, and large purses hanging from elaborate metallic belts. This new silhouette was both mysterious and daring. Read more

Missal of Roselli. Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria Torino. Source: Wikipedia

Cardinal Roselli and his Missal – A Wonder in Gold and Vibrant Colours


The Missal of Roselli – Messale Roselli – was produced for Cardinal Nicolas Rosell in Avignon c. 1350. Now, in Torino, it represents one of the beautiful illuminated missals from the 14th century. Read more

New Exhibitions

Detail of a hanging from Early Medieval Egypt

Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt


Vibrant colors and an array of textures enlivened the interior spaces of early medieval Egypt. Whether villas, palaces, churches mosques, people lived with woven tapestries on their walls, beds, and tables.  Read more

Detail of Tunic Sleeveband BZ.1953.2.40 Egypt, 4th–6th c. Tapestry weave in polychrome wool © Dumbarton Oaks

Fragments of Byzantine Fashion


How did the Byzantines dress? In a spectacular exhibition in Washington, visitors are invited to explore a selection of the garments preserved by Dumbarton Oaks. Read more

Winchester Cathedral. The Bones Caskets in their new surroundings © Winchester Cathedral

Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation


May 2019, a long-awaited exhibition at Winchester Cathedral will tell the story of the birth of the English Nation. Read more

The presumed skeleton of Emma, queen of England © Winchester Cathedral

Emma – Queen of Ethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great on View?


1300 bones have been picked to crate order out of chaos in the famous bone caskets in Winchester Cathedral. Next week, one of the results – the skeleton of Emma – will be revealed. Read more