The Lady and the Unicorn - Desire. Source: WikipediaMagical 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…


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

Anastasis – Journal About Research in Medieval Culture and Art

13. August 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

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

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

12. July 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. July 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. June 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. May 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. May 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. May 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. May 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

New Books

The "Heinrich-Brunnen" in Quedlingburg is a modern rendition from 2007 of the scene of the coronation of Henry I. Source: wikipedia

The Construction of Ottonian Kingship

7. August 2018

How did Henry the Fowler and his son, Otto the Great, turn Germany into the political centre of 10th century Europe? By besting the Magyars? Or by more traditional mythmaking? New book explores the various sources and their role in the later historiography.   Read more

Networks and Churchreform in the 11th century- cover © Thorbeck Verlag

Communication and Church Reform in the 11th century

4. August 2018

How do you go about communicating the intent to reform a church organisation reaching from Iceland to Sicily in the 11th century? And with it the wider society? This fundamental question has been explored by Arian Lorke in a new book Read more

French fleet with Barbarossa at the siege of Nice. Author: Matrakci Nasu, 16th century. Source: Wikipedia

Trade and Civilisation from Prehistory to the Early Modern Era

4. August 2018

Trade and commerce bind the world together and creates wealth. Trade networks, however, were never durable. New book examines the diverging systems in a global historical context.   Read more

Peasants from Heidelberg Sachsenspiegel. Cod. Pal.germ 164

Trustworthy Men: How Inequality and Faith Made the Medieval Church 

3. July 2018

How did the medieval parish function? What role did the priest play? And what role the “trustworthy men”. New book tells the story Read more

New Research

Moot hill at Scone in Scotland. Source: Wikipedia

The Royal Complex of Scone from the 10th century

1. August 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

1. August 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

S-brooches from Longobard Cemetery in Northern Italy. Source: Pinterest

The Genetics of Longobard-Era Migrations

1. August 2018

For some time an international and interdisciplinary group of archaeologists, scientists, and historians have worked to uncover the minutiae of the Longobard invasion of Italy in AD 568. Genetic explorations are shedding extremely important new light on the linkage between genetics and cultural profiles. Read more

Migrations in Europe c. AD 350 - 600. Source: wikipedia

Migration, integration and cultural consolidation are the new buzzwords in archaeology

1. August 2018

Is a shift in “culture” the result of local evolutions or the meeting up of people? And how does such “meetings” play out culturally? Since the “invention” of new archaeology, this question has caused multiple controversies among archaeologists as well as historians. New aDNA studies lead the way to document the actual character of migratory movements. Read more

New Issues of Journals

Lateran Council 1215

New Issue of Speculum 2018

4. August 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

4. 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

4. 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

From the Novellae of Pope Innocent IV and Decretales of Pope Gregory IX cum glossis collection, MS-1 Syracuse University. f.79r, Pope hearing a petition

The papacy and communication in the central Middle Ages

4. August 2018

After the devastating events in the 11th century following the investiture controversy, the papacy regained its position of power. New special issue of “Journal of Medieval History” presents a series of essays focusing on the communication strategies of the popes in the central Middle Ages (1100 – 1300). 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