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Where did the Vikings go? The Decline of Norse Piracy

One of the less well-understood aspects of the Viking Age is its end. Where did the Vikings go?

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New Medieval Books: From Myths Retold to Dynastic Politics

Five new books about the Middle Ages, which tell us about people big and small.

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How to live like a monk, with Danièle Cybulskie

Can medieval monastic practices, with their emphasis on a healthy soul, mind, and body, inspire us to live fuller lives today? This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle is the guest as she talks about her new book How to Live Like a Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life.

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How volcanic eruptions contributed to the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties

Volcanic eruptions may have triggered abrupt climate changes contributing to the repeated collapse of Chinese dynasties over the past 2,000 years, according to new research.

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The ‘Second’ War of Independence: Clergy and Loyalty with Jenny McHugh

In this episode of Scotichronicast, Kate Buchanan is joined by Jenny McHugh to discuss the ‘second’ of the Scottish Wars of Independence and the involvement of clergy. 

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A five-day virtual cookery course which will recreate a medieval Christmas with recipes from Germany, France and England, will be hosted by the team at Eat Medieval next month from December 6th to 10th.

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Were the Cathars even real?

The Cathars are one of the most well-known heresies in medieval Europe. But how much do we know about them? In this episode, Lucie Laumonier interviews Jean-Paul Rehr about the mythical Cathars and a peculiar inquisition record drafted near Toulouse in the thirteenth century. 

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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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The column and equestrian statue of Justinian, with Elena Boeck

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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Book of the Month: Will a Frenchman Fight?

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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