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Archaeologist reveals how diverse graves were in medieval Finland

Ulla Moilanen studied medieval graves in Finland and found out that the period was more diverse than previously thought.

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The Middle Ages: A Graphic History

Eleanor Janega has penned a new book about medieval history in the medium of a graphic novel. Here she talks about creating that book.

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Harald Hardrada: The Universal Empire

As Harald Hardrada travels to Constantinople, what is this Byzantine Empire he’s coming to?

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Though it is often overlooked today, Justinian’s column and colossal statue, which stood for a thousand years next to Hagia Sophia, defined the City almost as much as the Great Church itself. In this episode of Byzantium and Friends, we talk with Elena Boeck about the symbolism, history, and the engineering of this monument.

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Medieval coin discovered in Canada

Archaeologists in the Canadian province of Newfoundland have come across a medieval coin, discovered on the site of England’s first attempt at the colony in present-day Canada.

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What a medieval prayer roll can tell us about religious beliefs

A rare English illuminated medieval prayer roll, believed to be among only a few dozen still in existence worldwide, has been analysed in a new study to expose Catholic beliefs in England before the Reformation in the sixteenth century.

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Medieval Badges with Ann Marie Rasmussen

This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Ann Marie Rasmussen about medieval badges, how they were made and used, and who was wearing them.

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“Hugely important find”: 1,400 year old gold coin hoard discovered in England

A find of 131 gold coins along with four other gold objects dating to 1,400 years ago stands to be the largest find to date of gold coins from the early medieval period in England.  

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New Medieval Books: From Dragon Slaying to Manuscript Making

Five new books to tell you about, including a graphic history of the Middle Ages.

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The Magical Kings of Medieval England

While magic and historical figures seem like polar opposites to many today, in the Middle Ages, they were frequently connected. Medieval historical records even contain several accounts of former kings who used magic in their reigns: one king magically constructed hot baths, while the other used magic to build a bridge over the English Channel. 

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Our next book in the Book of the Month Club will be Will a Frenchman Fight?, by Steven Muhlberger.

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King Milutin of Serbia: A Medieval Patron of the Arts

2021 marks 700 years since the death of Serbia’s King Stefan Uroš II Milutin (r. 1282–1321).

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‘Paper is Deynty’: The Significance of Paper in the Paston Letters

The Paston family’s letters and network of acquaintances show that paper had made the transition from being a technological novelty to becoming a familiar tool, an essential instrument in everyday life.

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The Ottonian Chancery: Whence and Whither?

Levi Roach talks about the Ottonian chancery and governmental documents, including the historiography about the topic dating back to the 19th century.

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Tilly goes to Church: the Medieval and Religious Roots of European State Formation

The single most powerful challenger to kings and emperors in the Middle Ages was the Catholic Church.

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The Right to Bear Arms and Medieval Law

Medieval history is once again in the news thanks to a Supreme Court case concerning New York State’s policy towards concealed-carry permits

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Archaeologists map the capital of the Mongol Empire

Archaeologists have mapped Karakorum, the capital of the Mongolian Empire established by Genghis Khan, in unprecedented detail – all without having to dig anything up.

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The Tudors and Courtly Love with Sarah Gristwood

The Tudors are a fascinating and turbulent dynasty, but how were they shaped by medieval culture? In this episode of The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Sarah Gristwood about the courtly love traditions that heavily influenced the Tudors.

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The Siege of Rhodes (1480)

In the year 1480, the Ottoman Empire massed its armies to conquer the small island of Rhodes. Defending the island were a group of medieval monastic warriors – the Hospitallers. In this episode of Bow and Blade, Michael and Kelly discuss the Siege of Rhodes in 1480.

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New Medieval Books: From Vikings to Tudors

Five new books that tell the stories of famous Vikings and life in the bookstores of Florence.

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Dendrochronology and Medieval Scotland with Coralie Mills – Part 2

Part 2 of Kate Buchanan’s discussion with Coralie Mills on her work in dendrochronology and how it is applied to the study of medieval Scotland.

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Salt mafias and rebellion in medieval China

Salt was big business in Tang China, and for certain individuals the vibrant but illegal trade in contraband salt paved the way for grander, imperial ambitions.

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A New History of the Middle Ages with Dan Jones

Dan Jones on what we mean by medieval, the use and misuse of the word medieval, and what we owe to the Middle Ages.

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Roman statues discovered under medieval church in England

Archaeologists in central England working on the HS2 project have uncovered a set of incredible rare Roman statues whilst excavating a Norman Church in Stoke Mandeville.

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