Manuscript analysis suggests 13th century writer had essential tremor See slideshow Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That's not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor.
Forty years old this year, the coconut sketch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail may be one of the most iconic opening scenes in film history. The pillar of chivalry, Arthur, King of the Britons, appears riding an imaginary horse like a child on a playground.
When I was a junior lecturer, the medievalists in my department were not allowed to teach any text written after 1550. We were welcome to Thomas Wyatt but under no circumstances could we touch Spenser or - heaven forbid - Shakespeare.
Seven Myths of the Crusade s examines the many misconceptions that are associated with one of the most fascinating episodes of the Middle Ages. Edited by Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt, this book offers seven articles that look at topics including Islamic-Christian relations before the First Crusade, how the crusades effected Europe's Jewish population, the so-called Children's Crusade, and the strange legends that emerged about the Templars.
The Utrecht Psalter was made around 830 in or near Reims (France). No single other medieval manuscript in a Dutch collection has been discussed so often or has seen so many reproductions both in print and digitally. It contains 150 psalms and sixteen Biblical songs which have been illustrated in a way that was revolutionary for the time.
Laura Michele Diener is an associate professor of history at Marshall. She works on medieval textile history, and I first met her when she gave a terrific presentation on using textile creation in the classroom. Recently, though, I've become aware of her public writing on contemporary issues.
Playboy is to abolish the nude. Many people will celebrate this, even if the magazine once seen as the bible of sexual liberation is getting out of the business of soft porn because it has been outdone by the internet, and not for any idealistic feminist reason.
The Sunken House at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village was built by a team of experimental archaeologists and has now has reached the end of its natural life. But the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots project now means a team of young people, aged 11 to 25, working with professional archaeologists, can dismantle the house and excavate the pit that remains.
Aarhus, October 14 2015 Archaeologists discover remarkable bog containing human and dog sacrifices During extensive archaeological excavations at Skødstrup, north of Aarhus, archaeologists have found unusually well-preserved remains of an entire Iron Age community dating from around the birth of Christ.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina may not be a liberal, but she certainly appears to be a fan of the liberal arts. The 2016 contender said Monday that her college degree in medieval history made her uniquely qualified to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Carly Fiorina received a BA from Stanford in medieval history and philosophy almost 40 years ago, but she's always ready to revisit her undergraduate glory days. Last Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate tried to burnish her national security credentials by claiming that her bachelor's degree prepared her to fight Isis.
When condemning the hideous acts of the Islamic State, many Western politicians have trotted out a familiar line: The Sunni fundamentalist terror group is "barbaric," wants to "live in the 7th century" and "take us back the Stone Age."
But arrangements changed abruptly when authorities blocked the exhibition from entering Renmin University in Beijing this week, raising questions over the motives behind the decision to relocate the document. A FCO spokesman said: "We made the decision to display the Magna Carta at the Residence based on administrative and logistical practicalities," adding.
Beach Mirror The Magna Carta has landed and it's in Toronto for the first time in its 800-year history. Nestled in a special glass case at the Fort York Visitors Centre, in a light and temperature controlled room, Torontonians will have their chance to come face-to-face with one of the world's most significant historical documents.
Anglo-Saxon England may seem like a solidly monochrome Christian society from a modern perspective. And in many respects it was. The only substantial religious minority in early medieval Western Europe, the Jews, was entirely absent from England before the Norman Conquest.
Slátur was a common and popular dish among Icelanders well into the 20th century but by the end of the century, slátur had lost the popularity contest to fast food and a more modern cuisine. There are, however, still families that meet religiously over a weekend in autumn to make slátur, not least because it is a nutritious, tasty and very cheap meal.