Reichenau 1300

Reichenau is the oldest abbey in present-day Germany. Founded 1300 years ago, it celebrates the anniversary with a major exhibition in Konstanz

New Research

Natural history of plague © schousboe

The Natural History of Plague

06/04/2024

Recent studies of aDNA have yielded new and important information concerning the natural and clinical history of plague. A new comprehensive review offers an up-to-date history The plague is caused by a zoonotic bacterium, Yersinia pestis. First isolated in 1894, it was identified as the cause of the Hong Kong… Read more

Skeletons from Nuremberg in Germany 1632-33 © In Terra Veritas

Plague infections recurred for more than 350 years in Europe

06/04/2024

After Covid, the natural history of the second great plague epidemic – The Black Death –  has inspired scientists to work in interdisciplinary teams and develop new methods Read more

Fiskevollen. Maihagen Museum 2022 © Schousboe

Medieval Fishing at Lake Mesna in Norway

31/03/2024

Large permanent fishing trap discovered near Lillehammer sheds light on the freshwater fishing methods in the Norwegian Middle Ages Read more

Golden Torques © Medieval Histories

Identities in Galicia in Antiquity

31/03/2024

People are increasingly obsessed with their “identity” and the process of “othering”. The question, though, is: who is in charge of the labelling? People themselves? Or their surroundings? Archaeology in Galicia has a story to tell Read more

Wilder Europe

White tailed eagle in The Oder Delta © Agdbeukhof/Dreamstime 167383594

Rewilding in the Oder Delta

Germans and Poles living in the Oder Delta strongly support rewilding and the introduction of large animals – including wolves and lynx, returning its landscape to its former medieval glory

WEB Mystical forest in the Vosges ID 135207030 _ Alsace c Tanja Voigt _ Dreamstime

The Vosges in the Early Middle Ages, ca. 400 – 750

n the Early Middle Ages, the Vosges were regarded as a wilderness – by elites, poets and priests. However, the ideas about how to live in and utilise this wilderness were contested

Taurus set free in the Coa Valley © Rewilding Portugal and Claudio NoyReturn of the Mighty Beast, the Aurochs

Backbred Aurochs have been released into the Greater Côa Valley for the first time. The herd will play a vital role in restoring grassland and woodland habitats in the rewilded landscape in Northern Portugal…

Medieval Landscapes

White tailed eagle in The Oder Delta © Agdbeukhof/Dreamstime 167383594

Overwhelming Support for Rewilding and Release of Large Animals in the Oder Delta

03/02/2024

Germans and Poles living in the Oder Delta strongly support rewilding and the introduction of large animals – including wolves and lynx, returning its landscape to its former medieval glory.  Read more

WEB Mystical forest in the Vosges ID 135207030 _ Alsace c Tanja Voigt _ Dreamstime

The Vosges in the Early Middle Ages, ca. 400 – 750

31/01/2024

In the Early Middle Ages, the Vosges were regarded as a wilderness – by elites, poets and priests. However, the ideas about how to live in and utilise this wilderness were contested. Read more

Rewilding near lake Pape in Latvia. © Valeters Peins/ Dremastime.com/213469090

Rewilding is the Best Future for Europe’s Abandoned Farmland

23/08/2023

What is best when considering Europe’s abandoned farmland? Should it be returned to more extensive – traditional and even Medieval – ways of sylvo-pastoral forms of cultivation? Or should it be rewilded with large grazers? Or left to its own devices? Read more

Giber River in a summer evening. By Janus la Cour 1892. Aarhus City Hall. Source: Wikipedia

What was the landscape like in Medieval Denmark?

10/08/2023

New method overlaying old and modern maps reveals what the medieval landscape in Denmark might have looked like Read more

New Books about the Middle Ages

Head of a youngster or female from Manuscript in the Universitätsbibliothek Klagenfurt: Signatur PA 109

Millstatt Abbey and its Library

03/04/2024

Millstatt was founded c 800 by the Duke of Carinthia, who built the first church after he allegedly destroyed one thousand pagan statues by throwing them into the lake. A later Abbey housed a significant collection of texts in high medieval German literature Read more

Mosaic Floor from St Laurence in Roskilde, Denmark © ROMU

Building Networks in Northern Europe

24/03/2024

How did knowledge, ideas and building materials spread inside Medieval Europe in a world with both traditional geographies and shifting fashions? Read more

Four horsemen in the Apocalypse of St Sever Beatus. Source: Bnf/wikipdiea / open domain

Is the Environment a Weapon?

24/03/2024

War belongs to a handful of crises such as environmental disasters, extreme climatic events, epidemies, and hunger. New book tells the story of the interplay … the obstacles that made me fail did not come from men; they all came from the elements. In the south, the sea has been… Read more

Unveiling of Memorial for Alexander Nevsky. Putin present together with Tikhon Svekunov and others. 2021 . Source: Russian Presidency CCBYSA

Putin’s Medievally Imagined Russia

19/03/2024

How does Putin get his people to accept a megalomanic dream and a senseless war? By referring to a glorious medieval past, it appears. Read more

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