Medieval Viking 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 exhibition has caused an uproar among historians and archaeologists. But is this fair?

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

Vikings at the Museum for Cultural History in Oslo

End of winter 2019, a new Viking exhibition – Vikingr – opens in Oslo, showcasing some of the fabulous finds from recent years

News

Cnut the great and Emma donating a crucifix to the New Minster in Winchester © British Library, Liber Vitae, MS Stowe 944

Viking Kings and Queens – what did they look like?

03/02/2019

A new project by designer Jim Lyngvild aims to visualise our Viking kings and queens. But what did they really look like? Read more

Monumenta Germaniae-Historica

Anniversary of Monumenta Germaniae Historica

28/01/2019

MGH, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, celebrates its 200-year anniversary in 2019 Read more

Arundel MS 155, fol 133r. © British Library

Medieval England and France, 700 – 1200

19/11/2018

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 Reconstructed in VR

18/11/2018

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

06/11/2018

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

03/11/2018

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

31/10/2018

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.

12/07/2018

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

New Books

Viking Silver From Estopnia © XOphoto

Austrvegr

30/11/2018

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

30/11/2018

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

30/11/2018

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

20/11/2018

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?

08/12/2018

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

21/11/2018

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

03/11/2018

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. © Visitribe.dk

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

02/11/2018

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

13/08/2018

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

Lateran Council 1215

New Issue of Speculum 2018

04/08/2018

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

04/08/2018

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

04/08/2018

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

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

New Viking Exhibition in Oslo

07/02/2019

End of winter 2019, a new Viking exhibition – Vikingr – opens in Oslo, showcasing some of the fabulous finds from recent years. Read more

Bust of the Lord form Boilstädt © Foto: H. Arnold, TLDA, Weimar

The Thuringian Man from 6th Century Boilstädt

07/02/2019

In 2013 archaeologists were engaged in surveying a site near Boilstädt leading to the discovery of two impressive warrior graves from c. AD 600. Read more

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

Vikings at the National Museum of Copenhagen

09/12/2018

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

06/09/2018

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

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