Explore 5,300 Rare Manuscripts Digitized by the Vatican: From The Iliad & Aeneid, to Japanese & Aztec Illustrations
Color in the Middle Ages: Five colorful facts about color in the Middle Ages
Book of Kells: History of world’s most famous medieval manuscript rewritten after dramatic new research
"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."
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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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.
April 15 is coming.
Looking at taxes in the 14th and 15th century...
COMING SOON (punctum): THE BALLAD OF THE LONE MEDIEVALIST, eds. Kisha Tracy and John P. Sexton --
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.
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. http://ow.ly/N8Pa30hOtvT
Put 2020 on your planning calendar!
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!
"The uptake of the new numerals was slow, problematic, and spasmodic.”