I’m not really a medievalist, but for some reason I’ve always had a fascination for that nebulous period that we could call late antiquity/early medieval when things changed in some very interesting ways.I don’t have an explanation why this fascinates me so much, except it goes back a long way, to second or third grade when I was asked to be what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I replied ‘an archaeologist’, which kind of confounded my teacher who probably expected something a little less exotic.
Beowulf and Boyology: The Processes of MedievalismPaper given by Anna Smol (Mount Saint Vincent University)Past President’s plenary, Canadian Society of Medievalists, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. May 29, 2012Anna Smol, who has been teaching topics such as Old English and Tolkien at Mount Saint Vincent University, examines another topic that has interested her: medievalism and children’s literature, focusing on early Beowulf adaptations and on contemporary retellings of the story for children.
Historians of the Fourth Crusade (1202-04) have been seeking explanations why the crusaders decided to sail to the Byzantine capital of Constantinople instead of Egypt. Some believe that the crusaders were tricked into doing it by the Doge of Venice or some other conspirator, while others argue that the decision to go to Constantinople was almost an accident, where unforeseen events led to the crusader army.
“Want to joust?” Our Site talks to champion jouster Shane Adams about his love of the sport and life on the road as a full time jouster
On June 11th, we were able to make the five hour trek out to Upper Canada Village near Ottawa, Ontario to attend a medieval festival. We also had the opportunity to chat with Shane Adams and James Fairclough of History Television’s Full Metal Jousting.Replete with re-enactors, jousting, workshops, vendors and medieval military displays, the festival had something for everyone.
Borgo Di CastelnuovoMarche Region, ItalyIf you are looking to restore a medieval village, an opportunity is beckoning from Italy. The village of Castelnuovo, located the the Marche region, is now for sale. The village comes with the remains of a castle, a church, a fountain and nearly fifty buildings.
By Nancy BilyeauIn 2012 Pope Benedict XVI made it official: An 11th century Benedictine nun named Hildegard Von Bingen—mystic, writer, musician, philosopher and naturalist—was proclaimed a saint. She is also considered a feminist and once wrote, “Woman may be made from man, but no man can be made without a woman.
Medieval Warfare Magazine is a new publication for those interested in the military history of the Middle Ages. Published six times per year, each issue is packed with articles on battles, weapons, and armies, along with news and reviews. The magazine is now available in major North American book stores.
The Kalamazoo Diaries – new play takes on the crazy world of the International Congress on Medieval Studies
Medievalists might be cringing or laughing until they cry soon, as a new play is in the works that takes a look at one of their most famous gatherings: the International Congress on Medieval Studies.About seventy people got a first look at The Kalamazoo Diaries earlier this week in Toronto, Canada, when a reading of the play was staged in order to get audience feedback.
Ballindooley CastleGalway, IrelandPrice available on applicationUnique opportunity to purchase a landmark Historic Irish Castle, located a short drive from the centre of Galway city, and presented for sale in excellent condition, having undergone a sustained body of recovery, renovation and repair over the last twenty-two years.
Like today, the problem of male impotence in the Middle Ages was often serious, and had important consequences for marriages and families. A recent article deals with the issue, explaining how it showed up in court cases in 14th century York.‘Privates on Parade: Impotence Cases as Evidence for Medieval Gender’, by Frederick Pederson, a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, analyses two cases where wives attempted to annul their marriages because they claimed their husbands were impotent.
About one in five people living in Viking-Age Scandinavia were slaves, but few scholars have examined what their role was in society, in particular what work did they do on farms. A recent article by Janken Myrdal, entitled “Milking and Grinding, Digging and Herding: Slaves and Farmwork 1000-1300,” offers some insights based on archaeological sources, sagas and law texts.
Fortress of MiolansSt-Pierre Albigny, Savoy, FranceAsking Price between € 3-4 millionThis impressive medieval castle is located in the heart of the Savoy Valley, and is situated on a strategic site 200 meters (550 feet) above the hamlet of Miolans, which part of the small town of St-Pierre Albigny in eastern France.
Medieval historians have been debating for many years on when were the Middle Ages – was there a year that medieval period began, and was there a year that it ended? This debate will not be ending soon, so there are no easy answers. The idea that a’Middle Ages’ existed goes back to the seventeenth-century, when some writers mention that term (or its Latin equivalent medium aevum).
A bride being dressed and adorned; local people gathering to watch; gifts lavished, feasts prepared – these are all customs one would see in a modern day wedding. According to a recent article, these customs were also part of weddings in medieval Damascus although they had their unique Middle Eastern flavour.
“You can’t cook two ram’s heads in one pot, Temudgin” ~ BorteSet in 1192, Mongol tells the tale of the Mongolian Steppe and the rise of Temüjin, who would later become Genghis Khan, one of the most feared and respected warriors of the medieval world.The story starts with a young Temüjin selecting a Merkit wife under his father’s watchful gaze while he is still a boy.
Ballymaquiff CastleArdrahan, County Galway€ 145,000This historic Irish Castle was probably built by the De Burgo family in the late 14th/ early 15th century. This fortified tower house comes with four acres of land, is situated next to the old Sligo/ Limerick railway line.It now stand at a height of about 40 feet and is about 30ft x 25ft length and breath respectively.
Ballyfinboy CastleBorrisokane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Asking Price: € 75,000This Irish fortress was built around 1480, and comes with two-and-a-half acres of land, with the Ballyfinboy river forming the boundary to the north.The castle is located about a mile from Borrisokane; and near Lough Derg and Killaloe, which are on the River Shannon just 12 minutes drive from Nenagh from where there is access to the N7 main Dublin/Limerick Road.
What is Medieval Times? Our Site decided to see for ourselves and go to the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Toronto, Canada. Here is our review of the showIt was with some trepidation that we went to take in a show that featured men dressed as knights jousting with each other. After all, we’re supposed to be serious medievalists, and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament isn’t exactly an academic conference.
The discovery of human remains during the search for Richard III at an archaeological dig in Leicester has been very exciting for medievalists. It has also inspired graphic artist Emma Vieceli to create a short series of illustrations about the find. See our interview with Emma at the bottom of this page.
Why medieval? I think it was medieval that picked me.At an early age I viewed and read books and comics on ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Babalyon along with ancient Irish history. My father and teachers made such material available. I quickly took to enjoying it.On many sunny days (it seemed to be always sunny back when we were young) Dad would take my sister and me to visit old castles and ruined abbeys.
Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier is a project and exhibition that examines the impact of “medievalism” on conceptions and representations of the Canadian frontier in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Directed by Kathryn Brush, Professor of Art History at the University of Western Ontario, the project has been developed by several graduate students and supported by the University of Western Ontario and the City of London.