1101 CE to 1200 CE

"Crusades: Crescent and the Cross" on the History Channel

On November 6-7, 2005, the History Channel will present The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross, a "clear-eyed look at the first three crusades, the battle between the Crescent and the Cross, which still shapes the Middle East and relations between the two great religions in our present day world."

12th Century Suburb Discovered Beneath Downtown Prague

In an article for the November/December 2005 issue of Archaeology, Nick Holdsworth looks at recent excavations in downtown Prague that have revealed a previously unknown suburban area of the city that was built in the second half of the 12th century.

Chartres Glass Being Restored to Jewel-Like Quality

A team of experts is working to restore the brilliant colors to Chartres Cathedral's famous stained glass windows. 16 of the 175 windows have already been restored with stunning results.

Female Heroes: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, a woman who was in many ways ahead of her time and who was one of the most important figures in the Middle Ages, is the subject of Aoife's Links this week.

Medieval African Manuscripts on Display

A collection of 16 manuscripts from medieval Timbuktu will go on display in Johannesburg, South Africa this month for the first time. The works are part of a 30,000 manuscript discovery from the city which was founded in the year 1100.

Medieval Monks May have Held Secrets of Diet Pill

An herbal remedy used by 12th century Scottish monks may be resurrected as a modern appetite suppressant.

Medieval Foundations Reburied in Kiev

The discovery of medieval foundations beneath Kirill Church in Kiev has both excited and frustrated researchers since the 12th-17th century remains were immediately covered to protect them from the elements.

12th Century Chinese Painting Costs $247,000 to Display

Engineers from Beijing University were called upon to construct a special display case for one of China's most famous paintings: a 16+-foot-long silk masterpiece dating to the 12th century.

Medieval Chapel, Hospital Revealed by Bypass Project

The opening of a bypass around Partney, England has led to some great archaeological finds including an 11th century chapel and a 12th century hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

Medieval Russian Texts Rated "R"

Archaeologists were recently surprised to find several pieces of birch bark near Veliky Novgorod in northwestern Russia inscribed with profanity.

Clan Morrison Fortification Revealed

A new archaeological dig on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's western Hebrides has revealed a fortified settlement located on a sea stack. The fort includes a lookout tower with a defensive wall.

Medieval Studies Conference Seeks Papers

Dr Karen E Overbey of the Department of Fine Arts, Seattle University is calling for papers for the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May, 2005. The session title is: "Afterlives and Receptions in Anglo-Norman Ireland"

Traders, Saints, and Pirates

Editors of Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe have announced the publication of Issue 8: Traders, Saints, and Pirates: The Sea in Early Medieval Northwestern Europe.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Documentary on A&E

"Kingdom of Heaven," a documentary about the upcoming film depicting the 12th century Crusade, will debut on A&E May 4, 2005.

Norman Horse Bit Excites Researchers

The study and replication of a Norman curb bit was the subject of a recent program from Britain's Time Team archaeologists.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Sparks Copyright Controversy

Kingdom of Heaven, the historical epic about the Third Crusade scheduled to be released this spring, is the subject of a copyright controversy in which author James Reston Jr. accused film director Ridley Scott of stealing his research.

Scotsman Demands Return of Lewis Chessmen

Scottish nationalists are demanding the "repatriation" of the 12th century Lewis chessmen now held by the British Museum.

Villagers Save Historic Medieval Church

All Saints' Church in Beckingham, England has been saved thanks to community efforts which secured a grant from English Heritage.

The Age: Loves Letters Found?

A new controversy involving the love letters of Abelard and Heloise has members of the literary and academic communities buzzing.

Jerusalem Post: Acre Crusader Site to be Opened to the Public

Sections of an 800-year-old archaeological site in the city of Acre have been scheduled to open to the public in June of 2005.

Blogger Suggests that Marco Polo did not Reach China

In his blog, teacher and Asianist Jonathan Dresner discusses the myth of Marco Polo, whether or not he really made it to China, and where to go to get the facts.

Storms Expose Orkney Burial Site

A team of archaeologists are working to preserve a medieval burial site uncovered recently by winter storms in the Orkneys.

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

New exhibit on medieval Chinese and Iraqi ceramics at the Sackler

"Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation" will be on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through April 24, 2005.

National Geographic: Some Tattoos Traced to Crusades

An article by Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa for National Geographic traces the history of tattoos, including the use of the Jerusalem cross during the Crusades.

800-Year-Old Carlisle Mystery Solved

Archaeologists have long wondered what medieval Carlisle, England looked like, and now, with the discovery of a 12th century bronze factory, they are closer to knowing.

Medieval Carlisle Discovered

A 12th Century bronze-working shop and related materials have been found under a recently demolished pub in Carlisle.

Medieval dentistry was better than many believe

A paper by osteoarchaeologist Trevor Anderson, published in the British Dental Journal, discusses medieval dental hygiene and health, and says the practices of the time were more advanced than is popularly believed.

Pierce Brosnan to Star in Walter Scott Epic

Actor Pierce Brosnan is scheduled to portray Lord Lochinvar in an upcoming epic set in 12th century Scotland.

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.