Explore 5,300 Rare Manuscripts Digitized by the Vatican: From The Iliad & Aeneid, to Japanese & Aztec Illustrations

Hundreds of years before vast public/private partnerships like Google Arts & Culture, the Vatican served as one of the foremost conservators of cultural artifacts from around the world.


In 1977 the Sarcophagus of Chrodoara was discovered in the church in Amay. The stone-carvings on the slab are widely recognised as unique

Color in the Middle Ages: Five colorful facts about color in the Middle Ages

Here are five colorful facts about color in the Middle Ages, courtesy the research of French historian Michel Pastoureau.

Book of Kells: History of world’s most famous medieval manuscript rewritten after dramatic new research…/book-of-kells-medieval-test-…

New research is rewriting the history of the world’s most famous early medieval manuscript – a lavishly illustrated 1,200-year-old copy of the Gospels known today as the Book of Kells. It had always been assumed that the work – which includes 150 square feet of spectacular coloured illustratio...

"Here’s the thing. Nazis are idealist essentialists, they believe in the “original” “unpolluted” archetypal proto-form of things. Runes have never been any of those things. Runes have always been artists trying to one-up each other, nerds trying to push the boundaries of weirdness, young punks scrawling graffiti, and at least later on also moms carving shopping lists so dad doesn’t forget that little Sigríðr needs new gloves."

I’m frustrated with people who want “their” cultural symbols handed to them on a silver platter. They want to “reclaim” things that were never anything except Nazi symbols, like the 12-spoked black sun or the symbol of a Nazi volunteer militia, yet they can’t be bothered to figure out wh...

Researchers found a vast interconnected network of ancient Maya cities that was home to millions more people than previously thought.

A recent controversy within the Society for Creative Anachronism put public medievalism at the heart of the debate over the use of Nazi symbols.

Part XXXXI of o...ur ongoing series on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Ken Mondschein.

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Swastikas were used in early medieval art. But that doesn't mean they should be worn by reenactors. Ken Mondschein explores in part XXXXI of our series Race, Racism and the Middle Ages.
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Medievalists (all academics): there is no excuse for something like this being published. This is exactly the sort of thing we need to rid from our profession.

“Came across Bella Millett’s festschrift today. Are you fucking kidding me #medievaltwitter”

April 15 is coming.

Looking at taxes in the 14th and 15th century...

A new study on taxation in late medieval Sweden has revealed fascinating details about how much peasants had to pay to the royal government in taxes.

COMING SOON (punctum): THE BALLAD OF THE LONE MEDIEVALIST, eds. Kisha Tracy and John P. Sexton --…/the-ballad-of-the-lone-medieval…/

W...orking medievalists are often the only scholar of the Middle Ages in a department, a university, or a hundred-mile radius. While working to build a body of focused scholarly work, the lone medievalist is expected to be a generalist in the classroom and a contributing member of a campus community that rarely offers disciplinary community in return. As a result, overtasked and single medievalists often find it challenging to advocate for their work and field.

As other responsibilities and expectations crowd in, we come to feel disconnected from the projects and subjects that sustain our intellectual passion. An insidious isolation even from one another creeps in, and soon, even attending a conference of fellow medievalists can become a lonely experience. Surrounded by scholars with greater institutional support, lower teaching loads, or more robust research agendas, we may feel alienated from our work — the work to which we’ve dedicated our careers.

THE LONE MEDIEVALIST (the collaborative community and the book) is intended as an antidote to the problem of professional isolation. It is offered in the spirit of common weal that marks the ideals (if not always the realities) of so many of the communities we study — agricultural, professional, national, notional, and of course, monastic. THE BALLAD OF THE LONE MEDIEVALIST isn’t only about scholarship, or teaching, or institutional life, or the pursuit of new learning — it’s about all of them.

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related Ways of Being The Pedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Phi... Still Thriving The Witch and the Hysteric On Style: An Atelier The Ballad of the Lone MedievalistEdited by Kisha G. Tracy, John P. SextonContributors Sarah Barott, Peter Burkholder, Diane Cady, Jane Chance, Carolyn Coulson,....

The New York Times reports on efforts at the Morgan Library and Museum to recover Coptic writings dating back at least to 600 A.D., using new software for reading damaged parchment and scrolls.

Pioneers of new software for reading damaged parchment and scrolls are now deploying a CT scanner at the Morgan Library, hoping to recover Coptic writings dating back at least to 600 A.D.

Put 2020 on your planning calendar!

The 11-century treasure, which depicts the Norman Conquest of Britain, has only been moved very few times in its history.
Ottoman architecture from the 15th to the 19th century was for built for more than just humans. Structures included elaborate birdhouse designs, too.
Looking for something new to adorn your walls? That medieval meme of Ryan Gosling just not doing it for you any more? Well, The Public Medievalist has you covered! Click below for a free downloadable poster of the "12 Simple Truths" drawn from our Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages series.

The Public Medievalist is seeking contributors for its next special series: Gender, Sexism, and the Middle Ages! We are seeking essays on any topic relating to ...this subject from scholars at any level, both within academia or outside of it. Get in touch if you have any questions or want to pitch an idea!

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Calling all medievalists: we need contributions to a new special series for 2018: Gender, Sexism and the Middle Ages!

Medieval math.

"The uptake of the new numerals was slow, problematic, and spasmodic.”

Most history books gloss over the introduction of numbers, but a recent article explains that 'the uptake of the new numerals was slow, problematic, and spasmodic.'