Episode 9 of The Medieval Podcast – How did medieval people deal with physical and mental challenges? Danièle speaks with Kisha Tracy of Fitchburg State University on why its important to talk about disabilities in the Middle Ages and what evidence we have for how people cared for each other when there was physical or mental disabilities.
By Kirk JohannesenIndiana University Bloomington and a consortium of higher-learning institutions have received a three-year grant for The Peripheral Manuscripts Project: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest, which will create a digital repository and catalog of medieval manuscripts across Midwestern collections.
Evoking Tales in a Medieval Ceiling: Sulayman’s / Solomon’s Birds in the Capella Palatina of PalermoPaper given by Lev Arie KapitaikinDelivered at Bard College, New York, on 14 October 2016In the twelfth century, new powers emerged throughout the Western Mediterranean, from the Almohads of North Africa to the Norman Kingdom of Sicily.
How to Be an Atheist in Medieval EuropeLecture by Alec RyrieGiven at the Museum of London on September 27, 2018There was no intellectually sophisticated or articulate ‘atheism’ in the Middle Ages, but there was plenty of raw skepticism and incredulity. Church courts regularly heard blasphemy cases which went as far as outright denial of God.
Our next book in the Book of the Month Club will be Edward III’s Round Table at Windsor: The House of the Round Table and the Windsor Festival of 1344, by Julian Munby, Richard Barber and Richard BrownPublished in 2007, this book focuses on a dramatic archaeological find at Windsor castle sheds new light on the idea of a round table as a gathering: the ‘House of the Round Table’ which Edward III ordered to be constructed at the conclusion of his Windsor festival of 1344.
Laundry Ladies in Medieval PolandBy Leslie Carr-RiegelSame Bodies, Different Women: ‘Other’ Women in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, eds. Christopher Mielke and Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky (Trivent, 2019)Abstract: Usually considered to be “women’s work”, this paper takes a close look at how laundry was done in medieval Poland, calling into question common historical stereotypes.