UNESCO World Heritage 2019 – New Medieval Sites on the List

Stadtwald in Augsburg © augsburg.de

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

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

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


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

Plague Victims. Credit: M. Schweissing. © Statssammlung für Antropologie, München

Yersinia Pestis Detected in 6th and 7th Century Graves in Britain, Gaul, and Spain.


How widespread was the Justinian Plague in the 6th century? And how devastating? New research indicates a situation much like that of the Later Middle Ages. Read more

Finlaggan and Eilean Mór from the North. Source: Wikipedia/Ottar

Medieval Lair of the Lord of the Isles


The lost medieval home of the Lords of the Isles has been reconstructed virtually by experts at the University of St Andrews. Read more

Glass Apiary beneath the roof of future notre-dame © Studio Nab

Medievalists and Heritage Specialists caution against rushing to rebuild Notre-Dame


The fire had not been extinguished, when President Macron announced his will to have Notre-Dame rebuilt inside five years. Medievalists are concerned. Read more

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

Percy Psalter, BL Add MS 70000, fol 16 r. © British Library

The Percy Hours and Percy Psalter from the 13th Century


About 200 years ago, a London book-dealer split in two 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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