Passover and Easter

This year, the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter fall in the same week. A splendid occasion to remember how closely interwoven the two religions are; and to take note of two “new” important manuscripts emerging from private collections.

The Lombard Haggadah © Les EnluminuresThe Lombard Haggadah

The Lombard Haggadah has been preserved in a private collection for more than hundred years. Recently put up for sale, upcoming week offers a unique possibility to enjoy this unique manuscript.

Crucifixion, Percy Book of Hours. BL Add MS 89379, fol 69v © British Library
The Percy Psalter and Book of Hours

Two hundred years ago, a London book-dealer split a liturgical handbook from the late 13thcentury. While the Percy Psalter ended up in the British Library, the Percy Hours remained in a private collection. Now reunited, the beautiful manuscript will be displayed later this year


Notre-Dame in Paris on fire Source: Wikipedia 2019

Notre-Dame de Paris


Last night an incendiary firestorm swept through the roof of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. What is the history of this iconic building? And how do we move on? Read more

Letter about the nun, who faked her own death © York Minster

The Northern Way


The Northern Way is a research project exploring the political Role of Archbishops of York from 1304–1405 Read more

The River Bode near Quedlinburg. © Stephanie Makowitschka /XR-Gallery

Merovingian and Carolingian Quedlinburg


Quedlinburg is mentioned for the first time in 923, when Henry I confirms a donation to the Bishop of Würzburg. However, the story reaches back into the Early Middle Ages. Read more

Cnut the great and Emma donating a crucifix to the New Minster in Winchester © British Library, Liber Vitae, MS Stowe 944

Viking Kings and Queens – what did they look like?


A new project by designer Jim Lyngvild aims to visualise our Viking kings and queens. But what did they really look like? Read more

Monumenta Germaniae-Historica

Anniversary of Monumenta Germaniae Historica


MGH, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, celebrates its 200-year anniversary in 2019 Read more

Arundel MS 155, fol 133r. © British Library

Medieval England and France, 700 – 1200


Since 2016 the national libraries in England and France have worked together to create a digitised collection of their medieval manuscripts from England and France between 700-1200. Read more

St Paul's Courtyard in Londonrecreated for © MolaSt Paul's Courtyard in London recreated for © Mola

Medieval St. Paul’s Cathedral Destroyed in the Great Fire Reconstructed in VR


What would it have been like to enter St. Paul’s in the 17th century and hear John Donne preach to his congregation? A new project aims to reconstruct the medieval Cathedral in Virtual Reality to let visitors up close to the famous poet and preacher and hear his words and sermons sing out once more. Read more

Laxton Map 1635 © Bodleian Library

Laxton – the Last Medieval village and home of Robin Hood


Among medieval historians, Laxton in Nottinghamshire is famous. As the last Open Field Village it offers a unique showcase of what England once looked like. Read more

New Books

Viking Silver From Estopnia © XOphoto



In Austrvegr: The Role of the Eastern Baltic in Viking Age Communication across the Baltic Sea By Marika Mägi BRILL 2018 ABSTRACT   Marika Mägi’s book considers the cultural, mercantile and political interaction of the Viking Age (9th-11th century), focusing on the eastern coasts of the Baltic Sea. The majority… Read more

Nordic bog butter

Silver, Butter, Cloth – Economies in the Viking Age


Silver, coins, pendants, and jewellery were not the only types of valuables in the Viking Age. Butter and cloth were also significant elements in the Viking economy Read more

Vikings attacking England. St Edmunds © The Morgan Library and Museum

Heirs of the Vikings


Chronicles, hagiographies, and charters tell us different stories of the character and the identity of the Vikings. By comparing the evidence from both England and Normandy, a new book introduces the reader to the complex ways in which Scandinavian heritage was used strategically to cement local politics.  Read more

Mosaic from Madaba. The Apostles' Church. © Jordan Tourism

The Making of the Medieval Middle East


A bold new religious history of the late antique and medieval Middle East that places ordinary Christians at the centre of the story Read more

New Research

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

Anglo-Saxon Lundenwic

Early Medieval London c. 770 – 950


Londinium, Lundenwic, Lundenburh, London. Different names for the same place. At least, such was the belief until the late 20the century, when archaeologists could report that the history of the settlement was more complex. Read more

Bees and Honey from: Taccuino Sanintatis Casanatense. Source: Wikipedia

Humming Bees and Flowery Meadows of Yesteryear


Endless seals imprinted on wax! Countless pieces of parchment, neatly stacked. We tend to value these leftovers from the Middle Ages for their content. Matthew Collins sees aDNA. Read more

Co-Authorship of All Authors writing on the Climate and the Fall of Rome. © Werner Marx et all. Source: WoS/VOS Viewer

Did Climate Change Foster the Decline and Fall?


The story of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is incresingly considered as a reflection of 4thcentury widespread draughts on the Eurasian Steppes, the wanderings of the Huns, and the forced migration of the Germans. Read more

New Issues of Journals

St. Nocholas of Curtea in Arges, Rumania. Source: Igloo

Anastasis – Journal About Research in Medieval Culture and Art


Anastasis. Research in Medieval Culture and Art is an international peer-reviewed journal edited by The Research Center of Medieval Art at the National University of Arts in Iași, România. Read more

Lateran Council 1215

New Issue of Speculum 2018


Recent issues of Speculum shows that literature departments currently have the upper hand regarding the content of this journal. Out of 18 articles published this year, only two falls into the categery, history proper. Read more

Visigothic Kings from Codex Vigilanus (folio 428)

Early Medieval Europe August 2018


Is Early Medieval Europe in the process of merging with The Journal of Late Antiquity? Four out of five articles touch upon people and events in the 4th, 6th, and 6th centuries.  Read more

Melhus relikvieskrin. Source: flickr

New Issue of Medieval Archaeology August 2018


Last year the Society for Medieval Archaeology decided to publish two issues per year of the journal Medieval Archaeology. The issue from June 2018 cover a wide variety of themes and subjects offering a handful of new and inspiring articles as well as a series of book reviews Read more

New Exhibitions

Adoration of the Magi; Andrea Mantegna (Italian (Paduan), about 1431 - 1506); Italy; about 1495 - 1505 © Getty Open Source

Balthazar, the Black King, Visits The Getty Center Next Winter


Exploring prejudice and persecution in the Medieval World, the Getty Center last year mounted an exhibition on Outcasts. Late autumn 2019, this initiative will be followed by another exhibition on the topoi of the Black King, Balthazar, in Medieval and Renaissance Art. Read more

Corpus, Ellikom, St. Harlindis en Relindiskerk © Elfi Brouwers Fotografie

Master of Elsloo at the Bonnefantenmuseum


Towards the end of the Middle Ages, woodcarving was a thriving industry in most of Northwestern Europe. In the Meuse region, the work of the Master of Elsloo was particularly important. But who was he? Or they? Read more

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

New Viking Exhibition in Oslo


End of winter 2019, a new Viking exhibition – Vikingr – opens in Oslo, showcasing some of the fabulous finds from recent years. Read more

Bust of the Lord form Boilstädt © Foto: H. Arnold, TLDA, Weimar

The Thuringian Man from 6th Century Boilstädt


In 2013 archaeologists were engaged in surveying a site near Boilstädt leading to the discovery of two impressive warrior graves from c. AD 600. Read more

New Book Catalogues 2018

Boydell & Brewer Medieval History Catalogue 2018

Cornell University Press Medieval History Catalogue 2018

Brepols Medieval Studies Catalogue 2018

Oxbow Medieval Archaeology Catalogue 2018