Medieval Exhibitions ….

Visit to the Viking exhibition at the National Museum in Copenhagen © Karen Schousboe/cc-by-4.0Vikings at the National Museum of Copenhagen

For years, tourists have been puzzled by the “Absent Vikings” at the National Museum in Copenhagen. A revamp of the relevant part of the exhibition has caused an uproar among historians and archaeologists. But is this fair?


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 to be Reconstructed in Virtual Reality


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

Map from Manuscript , MS M 306 © National Library of Sweden

The Norse World Database Launched


Norse World is a new database is a digital resource which will make it easier for researchers to study perceptions of the surrounding world in medieval Scandinavian literature. Read more

Viking outfit from Mammen together with female Viking dress © National Museum in Cpenhagen

Well-dressed in the Viking Age


What did Viking clothes and outfits look like? A large grant supports archaeologists and textile researchers exploring and recreating authentic textiles and dresses Read more

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

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


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


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


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

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

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 of the Western Roman Empire?


The story of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has in recent years been more and more considered as a reflection of 4thcentury widespread draughts on the Eurasian Steppes, the wanderings of the Huns, and the forced migration of the Germans. The questions raised in an exceedingly important meta-study of the literature is to what extent the facts fit with the history. Read more

Medieval Castle on the road from Valencia to Granada © Karen Schousboe

Islamic Towers from the 12th century in Sierra de Segura near Jaen in Spain


In the 11thand 12thcenturies small “husun”, tiny castles and enclosures with towers, came to dominate the border region between western and eastern Andalusia. Since 2003, a project has worked to study and preserve these towers. Read more

Almeberget © Länsstyrelsen Halland

The History of Forests in Southwestern Sweden


Since the Ice receded for more than 10.000 years, the landscape north of Halmsad in Sweden has changed from a cold Steppe to an ancient forest. New research traces the different phases and explains how the forest at Almeberget looks much like it did at the beginning of the vendel period, c. 500 Read more

Ribe from the air. ©

News about Ribe, an Early Medieval Emporium from the 8th Century


Ribe was the earliest emporium in Early Medieval Denmark. At the cusp of the Viking Age, the town played a significant role. But when was it founded? By whom? And for what reason? Renewed excavations this summer brought us closer to an answer. 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

The Exhibition of the Vikings at the National Museum in Copenhagen © Karen Schousboe/CC BY 4.0

Vikings at the National Museum of Copenhagen


For years, tourists have been puzzled by the “Absent Vikings” at the National Museum in Copenhagen. A revamp of the relevant part of the Pre History exhibition has caused an uproar among historians and archaeologists. But is it fair? 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


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


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


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