1301 CE to 1400 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-11 07:04
A lack of "great heaps of dead rats in all the waterfront sites" has led The Black Death in London author Barney Sloane to conclude that the rodents were not the cause of plague in 14th century England. "The evidence just isn't there to support it," he said.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-09-09 06:49
A collaborative project by Queen's University Belfast, King’s College London, and the Bodleian Libraries offers an innovative approach that explores the ‘linguistic geographies’ of the Gough Map, the earliest surviving geographically recognizable map of Great Britain.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-04 18:36
Archaeologists have discovered five marble Byzantine tombs dating to the 14th century in the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-08-28 20:22
Stirling, Scotland is gearing up to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, which saw Robert the Bruce's victory over the English on 24 June 1314.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-08-20 06:40
For the first time in over a hundred years, visitors are welcome to visit Oystermouth Castle in Swansea, Wales. The castle received a UK£1M facelift including a 30ft (10m) high glass bridge. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-07-06 15:38
An archaeological team from Cotswold Archaeology is leading a dig at Cowl Lane in Winchcombe, England, revealing "more than 40 rubbish pits containing medieval pottery, animal bone and metalworking evidence."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2011-06-30 14:40
A new book by an Italian art historian claims that the Shoud of Turin is neither a biblical relic nor a medieval hoax, but a creation of the famous Rennaissance artist Giotto.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2011-06-12 16:48
Researchers have added "climate change" to the list of possible reasons that the Vikings suddenly abandoned Greenland around 1400. Analysis of lake sediment cores has revealed that there was a sharp cooling trend from about 1100 onwards.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-06-12 12:16
Take a 16-room "mini-castle" near Austria. Fill it with interesting and unusual contemporary decor, and you have the Hammerhaus. Photographer Andreas Meichsner of The New York Times has a slideshow.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-06-05 16:31
Dr Reuben Davies, from Glasgow University recently made a "startling" discovery in the Exchequer rolls for 1304-1305 of King Edward I: Scotland's Protector, William Wallace, "falsely sought to call himself King of Scotland".
Submitted by Godfrey on Tue, 2011-05-24 18:23
Planet Money, which features podcasts about modern economics and news of the economy, recently offered an edition focused on medieval economics, particularly feudalism and guilds.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-05-17 18:23
This summer, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City will sponsor an exhibit of over fifty illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books showcasing fashionable clothing in Northern Europe.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-05-15 01:21
In 1361, the Battle of Wisby took place in Gottland, Sweden. For the 650th anniversary, April 29, 2011, re-enactors brought the battle to life. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-21 10:16
A recent excavation at Bannockburn, Scotland has uncovered several green-glazed pot sherds near the site of the camp of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, leading experts to speculate that the pottery may have belonged to the army.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-04-18 10:45
In the 7th century, seventy lines of text were created to record the number of men in western Scotland for the purpose of military service and tax collection. The Senchus fer nAlban (History of the men of Scotland) includes resources for the population of Dál Riata, the Kingdom of the Gaels on the west coast of Scotland. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-04-15 10:21
Users of Twitter may wish to follow students from LMU's English 433 class as they tell stories on the way to Canterbury!
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-14 13:33
During the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, Simon Theobald, once Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded outside the Tower of London. Now his mummified skull is being given the scientific treatment.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-04-10 13:18
A team of researchers, based at the University of Mainz in Germany, have confirmed that fleas were responsible for spreading the plague that wiped out over half of the population of 14th century Europe.
Submitted by Genevieve la fl... on Wed, 2011-04-06 11:29
BBC news magazine recently carried a 14th century 'Asbo' (English acronym for Anti-Social Behaviour Order) -- a complaint from one London neighbour against another about her 'creative' waste disposal, that piped her privy straight into a nearby gutter.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-03-18 17:28
The National Archaeology Institute museum in Sofia, Bulgaria is hosting a display of over 50 eartifacts discovered in the country in 2010. Among the finds were a 14th century gold earring and an 8th century silver coin.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-17 19:15
Archaeologists from the University College Dublin are unable to resume research on 14th century fishweirs near the Fergus Estuary in County Clare, Ireland which have been threatened by weather. The team blames budget cuts by the Irish Heritage Council. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-03-10 19:39
Sunday worshippers at Bangor Cathedral in Wales were given a rare treat recently: they were permitted to view the Bangor Pontifical, "a 14th Century bishop's manuscript, containing blessings and text of plainchant." The manuscript had been absent from its home for preservation and digitalization. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-02-21 17:58
Steve Muhlberger (Duke Finvarr de Taahe of the Kingdom of Ealdormere) of the Department of History at Nipissing University has posted several tales, in English, written by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. The stories, which include romance, poetry and history, were aimed at an aristocratic audience.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-20 14:16
A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-02-09 08:38
Season of the Witch, the new Nicolas Cage costume drama set in medieval Europe, tells the story of two crusaders and the witch girl they are hired to transport to her doom. Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-02-08 19:44
Jasper C. of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that the entire Luttrell Psalter is available to view on the British Library website in Adobe Flash format.
Submitted by HowToHistory on Thu, 2011-02-03 10:52
HowToHistory.com, a website dedicated to creating and preserving video tutorials in the historic arts, recently found a documentary about The Forme of Cury. The interest was so great, the site obtained a public domain copy of the manuscript to give to their newsletter subscribers.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2011-01-31 12:25
Thousands of charred barley grains have been found in ditches in the early Celtic settlement of Eberdingen-Hochdorf, Germany. The site may have been used to make beer for a nearby religious center.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-01-30 10:17
Medievalists.net blog offers a link to an article by David M. Guion dealing with wind bands from the 14th through 19th centuries. The article, published in the Journal of Band Research, Vol.42 (2007) is entitled: Wind bands in towns, courts, and churches from the Middle Ages to the Baroque.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-01-24 16:16
Young combatants, who would be considered children by today's standards, were occasional warriors in medieval battle. In an online article Teenagers at War During the Middle Ages, Kelly DeVries looks at the roles of such youth in combat as the Black Prince and Joan of Arc and why they were so unusual.