Margaret Clunies Ross, University of Sydney Icelanders love books, both reading and writing them, and in recent years translations of contemporary Icelandic literature have made it into bookshops and literary … Continue Reading Guide to the classics: The Icelandic Saga
Jenny Alexander, University of Warwick Many great churches and cathedrals have suffered catastrophic fires over their long histories and medieval chronicles are full of stories of devastation and ruin as … Continue Reading Notre Dame: A History of Medieval Cathedrals and Fire
The Notre-Dame de Paris had been damaged and changed many times since it was begun in the mid-12th century. But the fire on April 15 might have been its most catastrophic event.
Steven Ashby, University of York The connections between technology, urban trading, and international economics which have come to define modern living are nothing new. Back in the first millennium AD, … Continue Reading Vikings Were Pioneers of Craft and International Trade, Not Just Pillaging
Rodrigo García-Velasco, University of Cambridge Zaida, a Muslim princess living in 11th-century Seville, is one of the most extraordinary ancestors of the British royal family. Zaida’s bloodline reached the English … Continue Reading Meet the Muslim Princess Zaida, Spanish Ancestor of the British Royal Family
Charles West, University of Sheffield and Alyxandra Mattison, University of Sheffield We may not know exactly how England’s King Harold died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – was … Continue Reading King Harold The Great: What Might Have Been if the English Had Won at Hastings
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire Vampires have a contested history. Some claim that the creatures are “as old as the world”. But more recent arguments suggest that our belief in … Continue Reading How long have we believed in vampires?
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action … Continue Reading Older Than Dracula: In Search of the English Vampire
Tim Shephard, University of Sheffield Did you once put a poster of your favourite music artist on your bedroom wall? Are there a few faded gig T-shirts in your bottom … Continue Reading Band Posters of the Renaissance: How Medieval Music Fans Showed Off Their Taste
James Clark, University of Exeter A Battle of the Somme on British soil? It happened on Palm Sunday, 1461: a day of fierce fighting in the mud that felled a … Continue Reading The Medieval Somme: Forgotten Battle That Was the Bloodiest Fought on British Soil
Judith Jesch, University of Nottingham We all know about the Vikings. Those hairy warriors from Scandinavia who raided and pillaged, and slashed and burned their way across Europe, leaving behind … Continue Reading What Does The Word ‘Viking’ Really Mean?
Patrick Masters, University of Portsmouth When market trader Tina Gayle was banned from selling mugs featuring Knights Templar logos in a Loughborough Market, Charnwood Borough Council ruled that they were … Continue Reading Alt-Right Claims to March in Step With the Knights Templar – This is Fake History
Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge The Vikings are more popular than ever. TV shows such as Last Kingdom and Vikings have added dramatic license to particular historical accounts, while … Continue Reading Viking Homes Were Stranger Than Fiction: Portals to the Dead, Magical Artefacts and ‘Slaves’
Clare Downham, University of Liverpool We’ve seen it all in documentaries and dramas. The Viking Age begins as hordes of Vikings leap ashore from their long-ships, in a lightening raid … Continue Reading What Medieval Sources Reveal About The True Nature of the Vikings
Suleiman Mourad, Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées (RFIEA) What if the Crusades’ history was told from an Arab perspective? In fact, in 2016 al-Jazeera TV did just that. It … Continue Reading Understanding The Crusades From An Islamic Perspective
Leah Tether, University of Bristol Type “Holy Grail” into Google and … well, you probably don’t need me to finish that sentence. The sheer multiplicity of what any search engine … Continue Reading What Exactly is the Holy Grail – and Why Has its Meaning Eluded Us For Centuries?