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Disney’s Not-So Wholesome Medievalisms

Disney’s work has never been value-neutral … and some of the messages it conveyed in the past, and of the past, were downright toxic.


New survey of Dunstable Priory reveals a grander complex

Historic England has published a survey giving fascinating insights into Dunstable Priory, a monastery founded by King Henry I around the year 1132. It reveals that the church was grander and more elaborate than originally thought.

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The Northman

This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle and Peter Konieczny give their takes on Hollywood’s latest foray into medieval movie-making: The Northman.


Who was eating meat in early medieval England?

Very few people in England ate large amounts of meat before the Norse settled, and there is no evidence that elites ate more meat than other people, a major new bioarchaeological study suggests.


Beta Samati and the Aksumite Empire of East Africa: From the Red Sea to the Ancient Mediterranean

This was the mighty Empire of Aksum, an ancient east African kingdom that thrived at the same time as the Roman and Byzantine empires.


Whose Aristotle? Latinate Knowledge and Vernacular Translation in Medieval Italy

By staging the anxieties connected with the vulgarization of knowledge, the novella seizes upon a phenomenon—vernacular—whose significance to Medieval and Renaissance culture can hardly be overstated.


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Not only is the Picture Book of the Life of Saint John and the Apocalypse a sophisticated forerunner of modern comic books, but it also exudes an aura of gloss and opulence.


Alicia McKenzie passes away

Alicia McKenzie, a medieval historian and instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, has passed away at the age of 46.

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Sagas and Gender

Did you know that Loki was a gender-bending God? In this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Matthew Roby on sex and gender in Old Norse and Icelandic sagas. There were many gender-bending characters in these texts, informing us of the gender representations and roles of Norse societies.


New Medieval Books: From Going to Purgatory to Joking in the 16th century

Five more books to tell you, taking you from early medieval Britain to the Holy Roman Empire at the end of the Middle Ages.


Five Gamechangers in English Castle-Building

Here are five changes in English castle design that had a big impact on history.

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Medieval Movie Review: The Northman

Robert Eggers’ take on the Norse tale of Prince Amleth may offer movie-goers some impressive visuals and historically-accurate details, but ultimately it is another bleak and bloody view of the Vikings.


Leonardo da Vinci: The Military Engineer

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his paintings such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but he also believed himself to be very skilled in the art of war.

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Fit for High Positions: The Life of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi

To succeed at court, a person had to be refined and well educated and skilled in the arts. The most important of those arts was poetry.

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Episode 150! Your Top Ten Favourites

This week, Danièle celebrates 150 episodes of The Medieval Podcast by looking back at the top ten episodes, as chosen by you.

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‘Tis Just A Scratch: Fact and Fiction About the Middle Ages

A new podcast is exploring the issues of chivalry, knights and medieval history. ‘Tis Just A Scratch: Fact and Fiction About the Middle Ages is hosted by Richard Abels, a retired professor of history at the United States Naval Academy and one of the leading historians on medieval warfare, especially England during the Early Middle Ages.


Kings of the Angles and Kings of the English: Royal Saints in the Prayer Book Calendar

What I’m going to do is first to give an introduction to the royal saints who appear in the Calendar of the Prayer Book to talk about their lives and the history of their veneration, and then to think about what their inclusion in that calendar can tell us about the intertwined history of the English monarchy and the English church.


‘Bushidō’ and What Bushi Did: Loyalty, Reputation and Honor in the Samurai Tradition

To describe samurai culture in historical reality, we must first ask “which samurai historical reality?”

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New Medieval Books: From Manuscripts to Silk

Five new books about the Middle Ages, including a new biography of Christine de Pizan.

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The Battle of Shrewsbury (1403)

King Henry IV would face a major threat from within England, led by Henry “Harry Hotspur” Percy. Percy’s rebellion would culminate at the Battle of Shrewsbury, fought on 21 July 1403. How did this battle unfold, and how did Prince Hal survive an arrow to the face?


The Battle of Hastings

Luck may characterize the Battle of Hastings better than any other battle, and William the Conqueror more than any other general.


The Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge

How Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson invaded England in 1066, winning the Battle of Fulford but losing the Battle of Stamford Bridge.


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One of the most serious revolts against the still young Abbasid Caliphate in the 8th century was led by a man best known in the sources as al-Muqanna‘, or “the veiled one.”


The Costs of War: Siena and John Hawkwood

Between the years 1342 and 1399 the city would be raided thirty-seven times by the condottieri, with John Hawkwood a prominent figure in many of these attacks.

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