Bayeux Tapestry new museum

What is the future for the Bayeux Tapestry?

Will the future of the Bayeux Tapestry look like the Grotte de Lascaux? With access to the authentic Tapestry closed off for the wider public?

New Viking Exhibitions 2020-22

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

New Viking Exhibition in Oslo

A new Viking exhibition – Vikingr – opened last year in Oslo, showcasing some of the fabulous finds from recent years

Salme Vikingship © Salme Viikingiturg

Vikings Before Vikings

When the two Viking ships found at Salme and holding the remains of 41 dead warriors were dated to ca. AD 700-750, the sensation rippled through academic circles. Now, the finds are exhibited in Estonia.

Photomontage Viking © National Museum of Denmark. Martin de Thurah og Kasper Tuxen

The Viking Expedition – Copenhagen 2021

In a few weeks time, The National Museum of Denmark opens its doors to a whole new “take” of the Viking Experience….

Feature Photo from Exhibition in Stockholm summer 2021

The Viking World – Exhibition in Stockholm 2021

A new exhibition in Stockholm called the Viking World boasts of being the world’s largest. Opening its doors in June, the jury is still out. But the preview seems impressive….

Viking silver mounted warrior Source: Moesgaard/RUS

The Rus – Vikings of the East

In January 2022, the Museum at Moesgaard in Århus plans to open a new exhibition telling how the Vikings conquered the East while sailing, trading, raiding and settling from Novgorod to Kiev and further South

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Cooking on top of Kraken ca. 1215. From: Harley MS 4751, Fol 69r. Soruce: British Library

Whales and whaling in the Icelandic Seas – and the Kraken

31/07/2022

Around 1250, someone wrote at princely mirror to educate Magnus, son of the Norwegian King. Here is an excerpt about whales and whaling Read more

The Aspidochelone or Kraken. from c. 1400: KS 1633 4º: Bestiarius Royal Library, Denmark

How to Catch a Medieval Whale?

31/07/2022

In the Middle Ages, the main catch was the small harbour porpoises and the pilot whales. Most other whales were only subject to occasional scavenging.  Read more

The reconstructed medieval chruch in Söndra Råda in Wärmland in Sweden © Mimmi Göllas

Medieval Church in Södra Råda in Sweden Rebuilt

06/06/2022

This Whitsun, Södra Råda Church in Värmland in Sweden will be re-inaugurated. The aim of the reconstruction of the burnt-down medieval treasure was to learn how a church was built in the 14th century. Read more

Frankish Fibula c. 400-600from Xanten. The rider carries a helmet and a cloak. Source: Wikimedia

The Franks – from Migrants and Tribal Warriors to Roman Mercenaries AD 200-500

02/06/2022

The Franks were an amalgamation of people active in the region around the lower Rhine surfacing in Late Antiquity as a significant player in Gaul. Read more

New Research

Why did the Norse Disappear from Greenland?

24/07/2022

Why did the Norse People in Greenland upend their settlements in the late 15th century? A new explanation refers to their culture and way of life inherited from 9th century Viking Society. Read more

Wadden See. The Geomagnetic team at work on the tidal flats near Hallig Hooge. © Ruth Blankenfeldt

Life in the Medieval town of Rungholt in 1362

11/04/2022

In AD 1362, a terrible storm broke through the medieval dykes in the Wadden Sea, protecting people living in the marshy foreland. Later called the Grote Mandrenke – The Great Drowning of Men – a whole town, Rungholt, together with 42 parishes, disappeared. Read more

The River Aulne in the autumn© Brittany Flyfishing

Brittany in the 6th century – abandoned, wet, cold and covered in forests

07/04/2022

New research reveals a marked shift in the landscape of Northwestern France in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages Read more

Detail of belt featuring lions. The effigy of the Black Prince. Canterbruy Cathedral © Jessica Barker

Camera reveals details of the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral

01/04/2022

When the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, died in 1376, he left precise specifications for his burial as well as his effigy. New studies of the cast gilded brass sculputure have yielded a new understanding of the sculpture Read more

New Books

Whaling in the Faroe Islands 17th of June 1854. Source: Wikipedia

On the Hunt for Medieval Whales

06/08/2022

Recent book explores the practices of medieval whaling, drive-whaling and scavenging in Europe in the Middle Ages. By supplying new insight from extensive zooarchaeological studies, Youri van den Hurk, offers new and exciting insights into the cultural history of medieval whaling Read more

Memmo Di Filipuccio: Eritic Scenes in the Camera di Podesta, San Giminigano. Soruce: Wikipedia Open Domain.

Love, Sex & Marriage in the Middle Ages

04/08/2022

In the Middle Ages, love, sex and marriage were complicated matters to negotiate. New and revised edition of the classical handbook from Routledge offers a thorough introduction Read more

Christine de Pisan presenting her book to Queen Isabeu and her companions. Source: Wikipedia

Women’s Friendship in Medieval Literature

04/08/2022

Was it different to strike a female friendship in the Middle Ages? New book seeks to answer this question by exploring the way women thought about and performed their friendships Read more

An Illustration in the 14th century manuscript, the Codex Manasse showing the Jewish poet, Süsskind von Trimberg. Source: wikipedia

Jewish Women in the Medieval World: 500–1500 CE

04/08/2022

Jewish Woman lived complicated lives experiencing family, sex, work, faith and cris in a particular way. New book serves as an important introduction Read more

The socalled "Loftus Princess", a welldressed female found in a grave near Kirkelatham. Source: Wikipedia/Prioryman

Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages

04/08/2022

Medieval women have a hidden story, often wilfully erased by male chroniclers from the Middle Ages as well as later scholars and historians.
New book engages with well-known stories, but in an engaging and new manner Read more

Daily Life of

04/08/2022

What was life like for medieval women? A new book tells the story in detail while offering copious illustrations Read more

Old and New Minster in Winchester. Source: Wikipedia

Early Medieval Winchester

01/06/2022

After AD 800, Winchester was gradually established as a prominent royal centre. New books tells the story of how historians and archaeologists have worked together to reconstruct the physical realities of the landscape, the royal and ecclesiastical institutions and their wider impact of the formation of future England. Early Medieval… Read more

Old Wardour Castle © Wiltshite Life

The Castle in England

06/05/2022

A vibrant history of the castle in Britain, from the early Middle Ages to the present dayA vibrant history of the castle in Britain, from the early Middle Ages to the present day Read more

Minor News

Bayeux Tapestry Scene by Scene

06/08/2022

NEWS: Discover the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene and follow online the 70 meter-long embroidered canvas which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066. Read more

Volcano. Source: Wikipedia

Environmental Change in the Middle Ages Project Receives a Considerable Grant

06/06/2022

How resilient are people when met with sudden and terrifying climatic changes? New project at Durham University aims to carry out groundbreaking research into the resilience – or lack thereof – in the Mediterranean Early Middle Ages Read more

The reconstructed medieval chruch in Söndra Råda in Wärmland in Sweden © Mimmi Göllas

Medieval Church in Södra Råda in Sweden Rebuilt

06/06/2022

This Whitsun, Södra Råda Church in Värmland in Sweden will be re-inaugurated. The aim of the reconstruction of the burnt-down medieval treasure was to learn how a church was built in the 14th century. Read more

Winchester Cathedral © Visit Winchester

Winchester Town and Cathedral

01/06/2022

The history of Winchester reaches back into prehistory. From an Iron Age oppidum, it changed into the Roman town. Later, it turned into one of the most important cities in Anglo Saxon and Early Medieval England Read more

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