The Birth of a Nation: Winchester

Winchester Cathedral Exhibition © Winchester Cathedral

Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation

May 2019, a long-awaited exhibition at Winchester Cathedral will tell the story of the birth of the English Nation.

The presumed skeleton of Emma, queen of England © Winchester Cathedral

Emma – Queen of Ethelred and Cnut on View?

1300 bones have been picked to create order out of chaos in the famous bone caskets in Winchester Cathedral. Next week, one of the results – the skeleton of Queen Emma – will be revealed.


Plague Victims. Credit: M. Schweissing. © Statssammlung für Antropologie, München

Yersinia Pestis Detected in 6th and 7th Century Graves in Britain, Gaul, and Spain.


How widespread was the Justinian Plague in the 6th century? And how devastating? New research indicates a situation much like that of the Later Middle Ages. Read more

Finlaggan and Eilean Mór from the North. Source: Wikipedia/Ottar

Medieval Lair of the Lord of the Isles


The lost medieval home of the Lords of the Isles has been reconstructed virtually by experts at the University of St Andrews. Read more

Glass Apiary beneath the roof of future notre-dame © Studio Nab

Medievalists and Heritage Specialists caution against rushing to rebuild Notre-Dame


The fire had not been extinguished, when President Macron announced his will to have Notre-Dame rebuilt inside five years. Medievalists are concerned. Read more

Notre-Dame in Paris on fire Source: Wikipedia 2019

Notre-Dame de Paris


Last night an incendiary firestorm swept through the roof of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. What is the history of this iconic building? And how do we move on? Read more

Percy Psalter, BL Add MS 70000, fol 16 r. © British Library

The Percy Hours and Percy Psalter from the 13th Century


About 200 years ago, a London book-dealer split in two a liturgical handbook from the late 13thcentury. While the Percy Psalter ended up in the British Library, the Percy Hours remained in a private collection. Now reunited, the beautiful manuscript will be displayed later this year. Read more

Seder. From the Lombard Haggadah, fol. 4v © © Les Enluminures

The Lombard Haggadah from the 14th Century


The Lombard Haggadah has been preserved in a private collection for more than hundred years. Recently put up for sale, there is this upcoming week a unique possibility for New Yorkers to enjoy the Gothic manuscript. Read more

Letter about the nun, who faked her own death © York Minster

The Northern Way


The Northern Way is a research project exploring the political Role of Archbishops of York from 1304–1405 Read more

The River Bode near Quedlinburg. © Stephanie Makowitschka /XR-Gallery

Merovingian and Carolingian Quedlinburg


Quedlinburg is mentioned for the first time in 923, when Henry I confirms a donation to the Bishop of Würzburg. However, the story reaches back into the Early Middle Ages. Read more

New Books

14th century students

Call for Papers


List of Calls for Papers for Journals, Books, and Conferences – date refers to deadline Read more

Detail from Angers, Ms3 f 6/5 Jean de Vignay: Histoire de Saint Louis, fol 2 F

The Apple of His Eye Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX


Louis the Saint is well known for his ill-fated crusades. But he was also responsible for a dedicated program to convert muslims to Christianity. Read more

Three seal matrixes from Lincoln Cathedral from the 12th to 14th centuries © Lincoln Cathedral

Companion to Seals


Seals represent some of the most exciting objects preserved from the Middle Ages. Offering distinctive legitimacy to individuals and cooperations, they are one of the most important sources for studying self-representation. A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages Ed. by Laura Whatley Brill 2019 ABSTRACT: Medieval seals are material… Read more

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

New Research

Missal of Roselli. Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria Torino. Source: Wikipedia

Cardinal Roselli and his Missal – A Wonder in Gold and Vibrant Colours


The Missal of Roselli – Messale Roselli – was produced for Cardinal Nicolas Rosell in Avignon c. 1350. Now, in Torino, it represents one of the beautiful illuminated missals from the 14th century. Read more

Anglo-Saxon Lundenwic

Early Medieval London c. 770 – 950


Londinium, Lundenwic, Lundenburh, London. Different names for the same place. At least, such was the belief until the late 20the century, when archaeologists could report that the history of the settlement was more complex. Read more

Bees and Honey from: Taccuino Sanintatis Casanatense. Source: Wikipedia

Humming Bees and Flowery Meadows of Yesteryear


Endless seals imprinted on wax! Countless pieces of parchment, neatly stacked. We tend to value these leftovers from the Middle Ages for their content. Matthew Collins sees aDNA. Read more

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?


The story of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is incresingly considered as a reflection of 4thcentury widespread draughts on the Eurasian Steppes, the wanderings of the Huns, and the forced migration of the Germans. 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

Winchester Cathedral. The Bones Caskets in their new surroundings © Winchester Cathedral

Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation


May 2019, a long-awaited exhibition at Winchester Cathedral will tell the story of the birth of the English Nation. Read more

The presumed skeleton of Emma, queen of England © Winchester Cathedral

Emma – Queen of Ethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great on View?


1300 bones have been picked to crate order out of chaos in the famous bone caskets in Winchester Cathedral. Next week, one of the results – the skeleton of Emma – will be revealed. Read more

Adoration of the Magi; Andrea Mantegna (Italian (Paduan), about 1431 - 1506); Italy; about 1495 - 1505 © Getty Open Source

Balthazar, the Black King, Visits The Getty Center Next Winter


Exploring prejudice and persecution in the Medieval World, the Getty Center last year mounted an exhibition on Outcasts. Late autumn 2019, this initiative will be followed by another exhibition on the topoi of the Black King, Balthazar, in Medieval and Renaissance Art. Read more

Corpus, Ellikom, St. Harlindis en Relindiskerk © Elfi Brouwers Fotografie

Master of Elsloo at the Bonnefantenmuseum


Towards the end of the Middle Ages, woodcarving was a thriving industry in most of Northwestern Europe. In the Meuse region, the work of the Master of Elsloo was particularly important. But who was he? Or they? Read more