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Detail from the Portal of Paradise Paderborn CathedralGothic Art and Architecture in Paderborn

Vertical, emotional, illusional, terrifying… Gothic Art dominated the architecture as well as minor art forms from the 13thto 15thcenturies, lifting the soul of mankind towards the heavens. This autumn Paderborn houses a major exhibition on Gothic Architecture

Tympanum of the central bay of the Royal Portal of the cathedral of Chartres, France. SOURCE: Wikipedia/Guillaume PiolleEarly Gothic Art from île-de-France 1135 – 50

After an extensive renovation of the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the first major exhibition focuses on the birth of the Gothic sculpture in and around Paris

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Cherven Towns. 10th century rampart seen from above. © UMCS/ Krystian Trela

Cherven Towns – a Medieval Polish Settlement from the 10th century.

12/07/2018

Cherven Towns was a fortified settlement located on the frontier between Lesser Poland and Rus (Ruthenia). Fought over since at least the late 10thcentury, archaeological explorations of the region was hampered by the two world wars. Only recently a more scientific exploration has been undertaken. Read more

Danevirker- Dannevirke-Danewerck 2014 © Karen Schousboe

Seven Medieval Sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

11/07/2018

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO recently added seven more medieval sites to its World Heritage List. Of special interest are the nomination of Danevirke and Haithabu (Hedeby), The Cathedral of Naumburg, and the Caliphate city of Medina Azahara. Read more

Royal Jelling - the two Runestones ©National Museum of Denmark

News From the Jelling Project 2018

13/06/2018

Recently, the National Museum in Copenhagen published the report for 2016 – 17 on the progress of the Jelling project, which aims to get a better understanding of the imposing, yet enigmatic monument registered as a UNESCO site Read more

Village at Memleben in Saale-Unstrut- source Wikipedia

The Winegrowing Region of Saale-Unstrut in the Middle Ages

30/05/2018

Numerous small springs and other water sources feed the rivers Saale and Unstrut before they confluence with the Elbe. Along these river valleys, the hilly countryside is still fit for winegrowing while the fertile flat land along the rivers offers excellent agricultural possibilities.   Read more

Icelandic manuscripts at the © University of Copenhagen

No more Icelandic or Old Norse at University of Copenhagen

29/05/2018

From 2019, the University of Copenhagen will no longer offer courses for students in Old Danish, Norse, modern Icelandic, and Faroese. The reason is that the elective courses in Norse, as well as the other languages, have not been able to muster the required minimum of 30 students, set as a standard by the Chancellors office. Read more

Rock-hewn church at Gurat. Source: Wikipedia

Rock-Carved Churches in France

25/05/2018

Remains of rock-hewn churches may be found in several European and Middle-Eastern landscapes, where natural caves and calciferous rocks invited hermits to shelter in solitude and prayer. In France, such churches were common in Aquitaine.    Read more

Book of Leinster © Trinitiy College Dublin

Rare Glimpse of Early Medieval Ireland

19/05/2018

This summer, the Library of the Trinity College in Dublin, exhibits its collection of more than 200 precious medieval and early modern manuscripts written in Irish. Read more

Magdeburg Cathedral. Source: wikipedia

The Romanesque Route in Sachsen-Anhalt

13/05/2018

Through the scenery of Sachsen-Anhalt runs a fascinating route along which it is possible to discover the riches of Romanesque architecture. Established in 1993, it is the perfect showcase for Germany in the 10th and 11th centuries Read more

New Books

Pocket Museum: Vikings

16/10/2018

North-Western Europe is currently teeming with new Viking museums and exhibitions. In the crucible is the huge renovation of the museum at Bygdoy in Oslo and Copenhagen is finally planning to exhibit its grand collections, the Viking exhibition in Stockholm recently reopened,. While we wait, a new publication offers a fine introduction to the material culture of the Vikings Read more

Peacock and -hen from The Lovell Lectionary Between c. 1400 and c. 1410. Harley 7026 f. 5 © The British Library, London

Birds in Medieval English Poetry

25/09/2018

First full-length study of birds and their metamorphoses as treated in a wide range of medieval poetry, from the Anglo-Saxons to Chaucer and Gower.     Birds in Medieval English Poetry. Metaphors, Realities, Transformations By Michael J. Warren Boydell & Brewer 2018 First full-length study of birds and their metamorphoses as… Read more

Pictorial Stone from the Church in Bro, Gotland c. 400 - 500. Source: Flickr

Beowulf dated to AD 550

23/09/2018

When was Beowulf composed? In the 10th and 11th centuries as the Toronto School decided in a postmodern whiff? Around AD 700 as linguistic studies have proven? Or as an oral epos, around AD 550, and in Gotland as suggested in a new book? Read more

Laws of Hywel Dda © The National Library of Wales.

Law and the Imagination in Medieval Wales

18/09/2018

Medieval law was never just intended as compilations of rules and regulations. Books of Law were always also dossiers of cultural prescriptions or guides. But were they also imaginative pieces of literature? New book raises the question in connection with a detailed study of the the law-books of Medieval Wales. Read more

New Research

Bridge over Tryggevælde river. By I. C. Dahl 18th century. © Statens Museum for Kunst. Source: Wikipedia

Stevns – Home of Hrodgar and Heorot?

22/09/2018

Stevns is a peninsula in South Eastern Zeeland in Denmark. Flat, although it raises towards the east, where it breaks into the sea in the form of high cliffs, it has recently been suggested as the location for Heorot, the hall of Hrodgar, and the home of Grendel. What did it look like in the 6th to 10th century? Read more

Comb with etui - found in the grave of one of the leaders of the band of warriors at niederstotzingen

Kinship and Culture in an Alemannic Burial Ground from the early 7th century

10/09/2018

In 1962 an Alemannic graveyard in Niederstotzingen in Southern Germany was discovered and excavated. The graves of thirteen individuals – ten male adults and three infants – were buried with an array of inscribed horse gear, jewellery, arms and swords. In the graveyard, the archaeologists also found three horses buried. Read more

Moot hill at Scone in Scotland. Source: Wikipedia

The Royal Complex of Scone from the 10th century

01/08/2018

Scone is best known for the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny or the Stone of Coronation. Less well known is that Scone was the primary ceremonial and legislative gathering place in Scotland. Recently, the results from extensive archaeological excavations were published. Read more

Elongated and deformed skulls from Altenerding © State collection for Anthropology and Paleoanatomy Munich, Germany

Genetic Perspective on the Bavarians from the Migration period

01/08/2018

Recently the human remains from 41 graves from six early medieval cemeteries in Southern Bavaria yielded genomic data showing that while men generally had ancestry resembling northern or central Europeans, the women exhibited a very high genetic heterogeneity. Read more

New Issues of Journals

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

Anastasis – Journal About Research in Medieval Culture and Art

13/08/2018

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

04/08/2018

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

04/08/2018

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

04/08/2018

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

Tympanum of the central bay of the Royal Portal of the cathedral of Chartres, France. SOURCE: Wikipedia/Guillaume Piolle

Early Gothic Art from île-de-France 1135 – 50

06/09/2018

After an extensive renovation of the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the first major exhibition focuses on the birth of the Gothic sculpture in and around Paris. Read more

Detail from the Portal of Paradise Paderborn Cathedral

Gothic Art and Architecture in Paderborn

05/09/2018

Vertical, emotional, illusional, terrifying… Gothic Art dominated the architecture as well as minor art forms from the 13thto 15thcenturies, lifting the soul of mankind towards the heavens. This autumn Paderborn houses a major exhibition on Gothic Architecture Read more

The Lady and the Unicorn - Desire. Source: Wikipedia

Magical Unicorns at Musée de Cluny

12/07/2018

Musée de Cluny opens again after a major renovation with an exhibition on Magical Unicorns from the Middle Ages and later Read more

Suevic Cauldron from Mušov © Regional Museum of Mikolov, Czechia

The Time of the Sueves in Iberia AD 409–585

15/04/2018

The exhibition, In Tempore Sueborum, invites us to explore the life and times of the Suevi and how they lived together with the Gallo-Romans in Late Antiquity in the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Suevi settled after AD 409. 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