Archive for the ‘History’ category

Staffordshire Hoard is coming to America – Medievalists.net

August 13th, 2011

 

Sword pyramid (image from StaffordshireHoard.org.uk)

Sword pyramid (image from StaffordshireHoard.org.uk)

Staffordshire Hoard is coming to America – Medievalists.net.

Wonderful news! Can’t wait to see the exhibition. Given the current collaborators, I’m sure it will be top notch. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a world-class medieval exhibition, the last one being “The Making of England” at the British Museum/Library some twenty years ago.

For more information about the hoard, see the website. In late 2009, the British Museum Press published a small (48pp) volume on the hoard (ISBN: 978-0714123288), with a sampling of photographs.

HT to Medieval News

Arthurian scholars meet in Bristol – Medievalists.net

July 24th, 2011

As announced on Medievalists.net, the 23rd Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society is meeting next week at the University of Bristol: Arthurian scholars meet in Bristol – Medievalists.net. I’m sure the public lecture will spend a lot of time reviewing portrayals of Arthur in the movies and current culture. Made me think of the post at screened.com about the various portrayals of Merlin in the movies.

Sounds like a fun time!

Source: Medieval News

Treadmill shows medieval armour influenced battles — BBC News

July 20th, 2011

Still from BBC video

So, now that we have treadmills, scientists realize that bulky armor would have influenced medieval warfare? Really? Genius!

BBC News – Treadmill shows medieval armour influenced battles.

My favorite quotation from the article has to be: “Researchers always suspected the armour would have been tough to wear.” Brilliant!