Karen Schousboe

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Rock-Carved Churches in France

Remains of rock-hewn churches may be found in several European and Middle-Eastern landscapes, where natural caves and calciferous rocks invited …

Old Uppsala Visualized in Virtual Reality

Now gone, the plain surrounding Old Uppsala c. AD 650 was not only marked by the burial mounds but also dotted with halls, an impressive parkway and …

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

Discovery by a 13-year-old and an amateur archaeologist leads to hoard linked to king who brought Christianity to Denmark<p>A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought …

Archaeology

The Time of the Sueves in Iberia AD 409–585

The exhibition, In Tempore Sueborum, invites us to explore the life and times of the Suevi and how they lived together with the Gallo-Romans in Late …

Ancient History

A Violent Volcanic Eruption Immortalized in Medieval Poem May Have Spurred Iceland’s Adoption of Christianity

Within 100 years of Iceland’s settlement by Vikings and Celts in the late 9th century, a devastating volcanic event wreaked havoc on the island. In a …

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a roleplaying video-game set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia in 1403. It offers great realism in both story and …

Rare Collection of Royal Charters to Be Preserved for Future Generations

A rare collection of royal charters dating back to the 12th century will be restored as part of a new project to preserve the precious documents for …

Social Structure among the Longobards in Northern Italy in the 6th and 7th centuries

Studies of ancient DNA on skeletons from two migration period cemeteries in Hungary and Italy tells us in detail about the social structure in the …

Burgundian and Longobardian “Fara”

“Fara” is an enigmatic term. Traditionally meant to designate an Germanic agnatic clan or lineage as well as a band of brothers, the meaning still …

Siberian Cold and Pastoralism in the Early Medieval Alps

When winter came to Italy in the 6th century, people took to the hills and had to find new ways of surviving. This changed their subsistence and …

A Medieval Love Story – Abelard and Heloise

Abelard and Heloise loved each other. Their love affair, though, was so much more than just an act of carnal lust. It was also a relationship filled …

Wild Edible Plants in Medieval Spain

The history of medieval landscapes tells us of forests, groves and meadows sourced for wild edible plants and other fauna, which might help to …

Dress and Personal Appearance in Late Antiquity

Even though clothes in Late Antiquity might be mended and remade until they were threadbare, they might still be embellished with cut out appliques …

Network Analysis of the Battle of Clontarf in 1014

Network analysis of the Viking Age in Ireland as portrayed in <i>Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh</i> reveals the cultural difference between Vikings and the …

The Kings at Gudenaaen in the 7th century

Archaeologists recently discovered a huge ship-setting from c. AD 600 near the largest river in Northern Denmark near Vejerslev.Gudenåen near …

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

Exhibition at the British Library to open in October 2018 tells the story behind the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.Miniature of Ezra writing in Codex …

Medieval Church in Södra Råda in Sweden reconstructed

In 2001 the medieval Södra Råda Church in Sweden from the 13th century burned to the ground. The reconstruction offers an invaluable peak into …

Medieval Treasure Found at Cluny

Mid- September, a large treasure consisting of coins and jewellery was found at the Abbey of Cluny. The find points to the role of medieval abbeys as …

Anglo-Saxon Treasure from Winfarthing

In 2014 two students discovered an undisturbed grave with a trove of early Anglo-Saxon jewellery. Declared a National Treasure, Norwich Castle Museum …

Newsletter of The Retrospective Network

The Retrospective Methods Network is published annually by the Folklore Studies at The University of Helsinki.The RMN Newsletter originated as a …

Minor Medieval News December 2017

Ever so often we stumble on some minor medieval news which do not merit a full article, but nevertheless, deserve a short notice.Last year, the …

Towards the Materiality of Martin Luther’s World

A recent issue of the journal, Church History, published by Cambridge in December 2017 focuses on the materiality of the Lutheran ReformationMaterial …

How to harvest a mandrake - Medieval manuscripts blog

As a general rule, we don't normally give gardening advice on the Medieval Manuscripts Blog. It's just possible, however, that you may have been …

Ancient History

Viking Thieves – Once Again

Once again thieves went for precious Viking Jewels at a major exhibition centre. This time in DenmarkViking pendents found in the harbour at …

Books: Interview with Historian and Byzantinologist Konstantinos Karatolios

We had the pleasure of interviewing a Greek historian and expert in Byzantine history, who is also a writer, Konstantinos Karatolios. Read more to …

WHEN CLARET WAS PINK: Wine production in the Middle Ages by Elizabeth Chadwick

British Library<p><b>On Raisin wine:</b><p>"<i>One who takes this is especially exhilarated and restored by a raisin wine which is clear to the bottom of the cup, in</i> …

Gottschalk: a ninth-century heretic, dissenter, and religious outlaw

“Just as a dog returns to its own vomit, so a fool reverts to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). Thus did medieval church officials condemn unrepentant …

Theology

Italy’s mysterious garden of monsters

Whether the ghastly statues in Italy’s Sacro Bosco are the result of friendly competition or deep-seated grief, we’ll never know.<p>As I stepped through the nearly 500-year-old stone archway, I was engulfed in silence. Stairs meandered into groves where trees filled with newly opened leaves spilled …

The Hairy Count and his Monastery (Dennis Aubrey)

A few years ago, I did an enormous genealogical study for my family. It was a combination of research, history, and detective work that was …

An Ice Core Reveals How Profoundly The Black Death Changed Medieval Society

In the year of the Lord 1347, the Black Death arrived in Europe. Introduced by merchants coming from Asia, the plague, caused by the bacterium <i>Yersinia pestis</i>, spread quickly. Following trading routes, in just six years this incurable disease killed 25 million people, one-third of the population on …