Sutton Hoo on a Wintry Morning © National Trust

Sutton Hoo – Where to Start?

Seen “The Dig”? And wish to know more about archaeological excavations at Sutton Hoo and the spectacular finds. Here is a list of books offering a starting point


From: Peraldus. A Theological miscellany, including the Summa de vitiis. England 1236 to c. 1250. © British Library. Harley 3244, f 37r

Digital Anglo-Norman Dictionary Launched


Researchers at Aberystwyth University have launched a new digital platform providing detailed chronological information for all Anglo-Norman words for the first time ever online Read more

Medieval Feast in Durham © Blackfriars Restaurant

Fast and Feast – a Taste of Easter Past


The intriguing world of medieval Easter will be unearthed at a new virtual course staged by Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle in conjunction with Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Read more

Jorvik Festival 2021

That JORVIK Viking Thing 2021


For years Yorvik has hosted a week-long celebration of all thing Viking. In 2021. Jorvik Plans an online festival of all things Viking. Read more

St Anthony tormented by medieval monsters © British Libray: Yates Thompson 49, fol 34

Face Masks – A Nightmarish Challenge?


Recurring nightmares seems to be one of the unforeseen complications following Covid-19. Some people report being attacked by masked medieval monsters. Read more

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg © VisitAlsace

The Royal Castle in Alsace – Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg


The Castle Ruin at Staufenberg from the 12th century in Alsace was rebuilt by the Emperor, Wilhelm II between 1900-1908. An archaeological report tells the story of this iconic “Medieval Castle” Read more

Merseburg Charms. Soucre: wikipedia

Civilizations of the Supernatural


Astrology, amulets, pagan magic charms, witches, and superstitions. All figure in a new book
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July 2019. International Medieval Congress 2019. Black and whites.

IMC 2021 Goes Virtual


International Medieval Congress in 2021 will be digitally organised. Clearly, Leeds hope to overwinter as the flagship of the Medieval History World Read more

Denghis Khan © Musee du Nantes

China Tries to Corrupt History of Mongol Culture


Du to Chinese attempt at censorship, the Museum of Nantes in Bretagne has been forced to postpone an exhibition of Genghis Khan and the Mongols Read more

New Books

Sutton Hoo on a Wintry Morning © National Trust

Sutton Hoo – Where to Begin?


Seen “The Dig”? And wish to know more about archaeological excavations at Sutton Hoo and the spectacular finds. Here is a list of books offering a starting point Read more

Detail: Arab fresco from chapel in the Palace in palermo Wikipedia

Narrating Muslim Sicily


Valuable new book tells the story of Muslim Sicily AD 902– 1091 through a plethora of Arab historians, geographers, jurists and philologists Read more

Fresco from Penjikent Source: Wikipedia/Daniel Kohanski

The Eastern Frontier


Transoxania, Khurasan, and Tokharistan – which comprise large parts of today’s Central Asia – have long been an important frontier zone. New book tells the story of it history in Late Antiquity and later Read more

The Battle of Maldon Plains Wikipedia

The Battle of Maldon


A new book tells the story of the Battle of Maldon AD 991and explores the famous poem, which framed the devastating event as a heroic and epic tale. Read more

New Research

Church at Thurnau. Source: Wikipedia

Limbo at Thunau


Archaeologists have been working for decades to excavate the early medieval settlements at Thurnau near Gars in Eastern Austria. Recent studies of the burial ground excavated in 1975-2000 tell the story of the burial of the unbaptized destined for limbo. Read more

Harvest Scene from Cotton MS Julius A VI, fol 6r , British Library.

From Wheat to Rye – Agriculture and Climate in Europe during Late Antiquity


During the 4th-8th century, vast stretches of Europe shifted from growing wheat to rye. Careful studies indicate the shift was a reflection towards a new, more balanced peasant economy. Read more

The Schlüsselfeld Ship. Source: Wikipedia

The Schlüsselfeld Ship


In the 14th century, it became fashionable to decorate tables at noble or royal banquets with models of ships, symbolising “Good Luck” and “Fair Wind”. Later, the wealthy merchants in the cities picked up this fashion. The Schlüsselfeld ship is one of the more famous. Read more

Dining with Richard II. From: BL Royal, MS 14 E IV, fol 265 v. Source: wikipedia

Ships as Table Decorations in the Middle Ages


Ships were prized ornaments decorating the tables of kings and lords into the 16th and 17th century. Read more

New Exhibitions

Exhibition in Toulouse: Visigoths. Kings of Toulouse

Visigoths in Toulouse


The Visigoths in Toulouse forged one of the first barbarian kingdom inside the Roman Empire, ruling from 420 – 507. In 2020 an exhibition in Toulouse celebrates the 1600-anniversary of their foundation. This summer a major exhibition focusing on the Visigothic kingdom in Toulouse 420 – 507 has been organised… Read more

Nuns. Powerful women in the Middle Ages. A view of the exhibition. Copyright: © Swiss National Museum

Nuns and their lives in the 14th century


This summer, visitors to Zürich National Museum can study the remarkable story of the careers of medieval nuns. Extended to mid-august, an exhibition is worth looking into, if you are in the vicinity. Read more

Papal letter confirming donation to Absalon 1186. © Royal Danish Archive

The Early History of Copenhagen at a New Museum


Last week, a new attraction opened, The Museum of Copenhagen, covering the history from the ice-age hunters and gatherers and into the near future. Central is the brand new story of the earliest period in the life of the town ca. 1000 Read more

Closer to Van Eyck - Map of digitized works ©

Facing Van Eyck – The Miracle of the Detail


Come September, Brussels houses an exhibition focusing on the visually detailed techniques of Jan van Eyck and his work of art. The exhibition is paired with a prized digital resource. Read more