Thursday, June 28, 2007

The two-day conference at University of Nottingham, 'Disease,
Disability and Medicine in Early Medieval Europe' brings together
leading experts in the field from the USA, Norway, Germany, Israel
and the UK on July 6-7, 2007.


Steve Shervais

Conference announcement: ENGLAND AND THE CONTINENT

This is to circulate details about the up-coming conference:


The conference will be held from 14 December 2007 to 17 December 2007 at the
University of Durham.

Up-to-date programme information is available via:

With many thanks,

Hannah Williams
Religions and Theology
University of Manchester
Oxfor Road
M13 9PL

Network Facilitator
Wilhelm Levison, England, and the Continent in the Early Middle Ages
Brussels, Vienna, Manchester, Durham


een recently published.

The contents of both issues follow below.

Best wishes,

L.F. Vagalinski
archaeologist & publisher


Anghelinu, M.: Failed Revolution: Marxism and the Romanian Prehistoric
Archaeology between 1945 and 1989

Nankov, E.: An Ivory Scabbard Chape from Seuthopolis Rediscovered:
Evidence for a xiphos from Early Hellenistic Thrace?

Ignatov, V.: The Chariot in the Burial Rite of Ancient Thrace

Migotti, B.: The Social/Gender Context of the Sarcophagus of a togata
clarissima femina from Siscia (Pannonia Superior)

Romanchuk, A.I./Filippov, V.A.: Results of Application of Prospecting
Air Photography of the Western Part of Tauric Chersonesos Settlement.

Kisyov, K.: Thrace and Greece in Ancient Times. Part 1. Classical Age
Tumuli in the Municipality of Kaloyanovo. Plovdiv 2005. (Tiverios, M.)

Stolba, V./Hannestad, L. (eds.): Chronologies of the Black Sea Area in
the Period C. 400-100 B.C. Aarhus University Press 2005. (Bozkova, A.)

Êàöàðîâà, Â.: Ïàóòàëèÿ è íåéíàòà òåðèòîðèÿ ïðåç ïåðèîäà ²-V² âåê.
Âåëèêî Òúðíîâî 2006. [Katsarova, V.: Pautalia and Its Territory during
the Period of the First to the Sixth Century. Veliko Tarnovo 2006].
(Gencheva, E.)

Musteata, S.: Populatia spatiului Pruto-nistrean in secolele VIII-IX.
[The Population of the Territory between the Rivers Prut and Nistru
during the Eighth to Ninth Centuries]. Chisinau 2005. (Curta, F.)


Ruscu, L.: On the Elites of Nicopolis ad Istrum

Meshekov,J.: Wagentypen des II-III Jh.n.Chr. aus dem Territorium Bulgariens
(nach archaologischen Angaben)

Dimitrov,Th.: Le traite imaginaire (some observations on the origin of
Byzantine-Persian political symbiosis)

Markov, N./Velichkov, Zh.: Late Antique Bone Amulet from Serdica

Madgearu, A..: The Dridu Culture and the Changing Position of Romania among
the Communist States

Doncheva, S./Nikolov, N.: An Early Medieval Amulet-Seal from
North-eastern Bulgaria

Borisov, B.: Demographic and Ethnic Changes during XI-XII Century in Bulgaria

Manolakakis, L.: Les industries lithiques eneolithiques de Bulgarie.
Rahden 2005. (Gurova, M.)

Anghelinu, M.: Evolutia gandirii teoretice in arheologia din Romania.
Concepte si modele aplicate in preistorie [The Evolution of
Theoretical Thought in Romanian Archaeology. Concepts and Models
Applied to Prehistory]. Targoviste 2004. (Curta, F.)

Bilde, G.P./Stolba, V.F. (eds.): Surveying the Greek Chora. The Black
Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective. Aarhus 2006. (Damyanov, M.)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Mysterious medieval maze restored:

Ethiopia's 'lost' Muslim towns belie Christian past:

Othello's Cypriot citadel on the brink of ruin:

Medieval fun to see in 800 years of city:

Marking market's start, Charter Market in Cricklade:

Up and coming star' librarian to catalog Westminster Abbey books:

Claim that £1m El Cid sword is a forgery provokes a duel of words:

Romanian government criticized by lawmakers for returning 'Dracula

Monday, June 18, 2007

Medieval News June 8-14

Bodies from Viking ships to be exhumed

Ancient Hill of Tara is put on 'crisis list' backed

Israel Museum unveils rare Biblical manuscript from 'silent era'

Is this Chaucer's astrolabe?

Konstantin der Große - Landesausstellung in Trier

English manuscript unveiled in LA

June 8

William, Archbishop of York, d. 1154

218 Macrinus, Roman Emperor
410 St. Melania the Elder
632 Muhammad
1042 Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England
1154 St. William of York
1376 Edward, the Black Prince
1383 Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader
1384 Kanami, Japanese actor
1476 George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
1492 Elizabeth, wife of King Edward IV of England

68 The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba.
536 St. Silverius consecrated as pope
793 Norsemen sack Lindesfarne
1042 Harthacnut, King of England & Denmark, dies, is succeeded in
England by Edward the Confessor, in Denmark by Magnus, King of
1147 King Louis VII and Queen Eleanor of France leave St. Denis on
1191 Richard I, King of England, lands at Acre
1287 Revolt of Rhys ap Meredudd
1333 Edward III orders seizure of the Isle of Man
1374 Chaucer given the office of Controller of Customs
1405 Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl
of Norfolk, executed in York on Henry IV's orders.
1495 First written record of Scotch Whisky

June 9

Ephrem the Syrian
Willibald of Eichstät

68 Nero, Roman Emperor
373 Ephrem the Syrian, Christian hymnodist
597 St. Columba (Colum Cille)
630 King Shahrbaraz of Persia
1171 St. Silverius consecrated as bishop
1290 Beatrice, Dante's inspiration
1361 Philippe de Vitry, French composer

1064 Coimbra is taken by Ferdinand, King of Castile
1075 HOMBURG (defeat of Saxons by Henry VI of France)
1156 Marriage of Friedrich "Barbarossa" King of Germany, to
Beatrix of Burgundy
1198 Otto IV chosen King of Germany
1247 Carpini, Papal Legate returning from the Mongols, reaches Kiev,
1310 Duccio's Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early
Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena
Cathedral in Siena, Italy.
1358 MEAUX (Jacquerie defeated by Captal de Buch and Gaston Phoebus)
1365 Pope Urban V excommunicates Don Pedro, King of Castile
1480 Turks attack Malta

June 10

John Dominic, Archbishop of Ragusa

1213 - Fakhruddin 'Iraqi, Persian philosopher

1075 Ernest of Austria
1190 Friedrich "Barbarossa," King of Germany, Burgundy, and the Holy
Roman Empire,drowns in the Saleph River while leading an army to
1424 Duke Ernest of Austria

1179 Baldwin IV defeated by Saladin
1194 Much of Chartres, France, destroyed by fire
1248 Destruction of Bergen, Norway, by fire
1258 Provisions of Oxford Issued
1376 Election of Wenceslaus as King of Germany
1429 Defeat of the Earl of Suffolk by Joan d'Arc

June 11

1403 John IV, Duke of Brabant
1456 Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England

1183 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England
1216 Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire
1216 Henry, Emperor of Rumania supposedly poisoned by his wife
1292 Roger Bacon
1488 King James III of Scotland

1144 Dedication of the Abbey Church of St. Denis, the first great Gothic church in France
1186 The Glastonbury Abbey "Lady Chapel" is consecrated
1258 Provisions of Oxford reforms proposed by Parliament
1381 "John Ball hath rungen his bell" Peasant revolt in England
1474 Louis XI, King of France, ratifies the "Perpetual Peace"
1488 SAUCHIEBURN; Murder of James III, King of Scotland
1496 Columbus returns to Spain

June 12

Barnabus the Apostle
Pedro Rodrigues and Companions, Military Martyrs

1107 Emperor Gaozong of China

816 St. Leo, Pope
918 Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred "the Great," King of England
1020 Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury
1418 Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, Constable of France
1435 John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
1479 St. John of Sahagun

1298 Wm. Wallace routs English
1349 Edward III, King of England, orders the practice of Archery
1365 King Edward III bans football in London, orders archery practice
1381 Peasants' Revolt: In England rebels arrive at Blackheath.
1402 John, Duke of Burgundy, massacres 3500 people in Paris
1418 An insurrection delivers Paris to the Burgundians.
1429 Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc leads the French army in their
capture of the city and the English commander, William de la
Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of
1442 Alfonso V, King of Aragon, crowned King of Naples
1446 Peace of Constance
1458 College of St. Mary Magdelen founded, Oxford, England

June 13

Anthony of Padua

823 Charles II (the Bald), King of France & Emperor

1103 Ali az-Zahir, caliph
1231 St. Anthony of Padua
1256 Tankei, Japanese sculptor

1290 Coup on the Slave Dynasty in India
1329 The Kingship of Robert I, "the Bruce," King of Scots, is
recognized by Pope John XXII
1373 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world's oldest) is signed
1374 Chaucer given an annual pension from John of Gaunt
1392 Pierre de Craon attempts the assassination of Clisson, Constable
of France
1483 Richard of Gloucester accuses Jane Shore of sorcery

June 14

Methodius I of Constantinople
Joseph the Hymnographer

1444 Nilakantha Somayaji, Indian mathematician
1479 Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet

775 Saint Ciarán of Disert-Kieran, Irish saint and writer
847 St. Methodius of Constantinople
1161 Emperor Qinzong of China (b. 1100)
1381 Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury

1144 Consecration of Notre Dame, Paris
1170 Coronation of Henry III as King of England
1191 Phillip II of France orders a general assault on Acre. It fails
1272 Founding of Gouda, Holland
1325 Ibn Batuta leaves Tangier to make Pilgrimage to Mecca. He does not return for twenty-nine years.
1334 The Mongol Khatun (Princess) Bayalun journeys to Constantinople
1381 Richard II makes promises to rebels
1497 Murder of Duke of Gandia, Juan Borgia

Quote of the week:
Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.--John of Salisbury

Monday, June 11, 2007

Medieval News of Last Week


14th-century observatory wows scientists

Medieval Graves found at Czech building site

Anglo-Saxon Church reopens

Medieval wall investigation

English manuscript unveiled in LA

Everyone's Joan Of Arc

Lost documents shed light on Black Death


Abbey to undergo £3m revamp

Medieval window at Minster restored

Cho's violent crusade ripped from the Middle Ages


1436 Regiomontanus [Johannes Mller], preparer of astronomical tables

1134 St. Norbert

1178 Some monks at Canterbury report an explosion on the moon
1249 The 7th Crusade enters Damietta, Egypt
1288 Sa'd ad-Daula becomes Supreme Inspector of Taxes in Persia
1484 The Inquisition of Toledo writes for instructions in dealing with
cases of sorcery


555 Pope Vigilius
604 St. Augustine
1159 St. Robert of Newminister
1329 Robert I "the Bruce," King of Scotland, of leprosy
1394 Anne of Bohemia, Queen to Richard II of England

1002 Henry II elected King of Germany
1099 First Crusade reaches the walls of Jerusalem
1304 Pope Benedict XI excommunicates William de Nogaret for his part in
leading the attack on Pope Boniface
1424 MALESOV (Jan Ziska defeats Ultraquists)
1494 Treaty of Tordesillas: the Pope divides the New World between
Spain and Portugal

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Gender Conference

Call for papers: The Annual UK Gender and Medieval Studies Conference

Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages

Edinburgh, 11-13 January 2008

The concept of difference enables us to explore medieval gender in a
number of ways. It allows us to think about the construction of
gender, through its relationship to various other categories of
difference such as social status, sexualities, and ethnicity, and
age. It also allows us to think about how gender is used to
construct, articulate, and represent various forms of difference.
Explorations of the gendering of objects and the monstrous, for
example, can illuminate, blur, or challenge binary distinctions.
This conference seeks to provide a forum in which such approaches
can be discussed and developed. Papers are encouraged from a wide
range of disciplines, such as art history, literature, archaeology,
and history. In particular, the conference hopes to encourage
interdisciplinary discussion about the theoretical and practical
implications that ideas of difference have on gender studies. Themes
to consider could include:

? Religion, Ethnicity and Race
? Regional Difference and National Identity
? The Monstrous, Outsiders and the Other
? Marital Status, Age and Social Status as Categories of Difference
? Sexualities
? The Blurring of Difference

Further enquiries and abstracts of approximately 250 words for 20
minute papers should be sent to:
Deadline for proposals: 3 September 2007
Details: [Web-site currently under construction.]

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


The registration to the conference is open until June 16!


Tampere, Finland August 17-19 2007

Organized by TRIVIUM -Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and
Renaissance Studies with
the Finnish Historical Society and the Classical Association of Finland.
Organizing team: Professor Christian Krötzl, Dr. Katariina
Mustakallio, Dr.Jussi Hanska.

Department of History
33014 University of Tampere

In different cultures people experience the bond between them and the
other people differently. They re-create their self image and their
identities according to the family background, social group, gender
and religion. The experience of the unity and the bond between the
people is a strong cultural and social factor.

As a continuation to the tradition of Passages from Antiquity to the
Middle Ages -conferences the third conference focuses on the networks
and relationships in society, relations between individuals, families
and different social and ethnic groups. The aim is to bring together
scholars from various fields of study to discuss the continuities and
changes in experiencing and constructing networks and relationships.
and/or interdisciplinary perspective is emphasized in the contributions.

The Registration fee for all those attending or participating is 50
euros, with a post-graduate student rate of 30 euros (includes
conference material).

Registration form

Preliminary programme


Christian Krötzl, Professor
Katariina Mustakallio, Assistant Professor
Jussi Hanska, Dr.Phil., Senior Researcher

Conferences secretaries: Jussi Rantanen and Miikka Tamminen

Department of History, 33014 University of Tampere, Finland

-- Katariina Mustakallio, Yliassistentti, Associate Professor
Historiatieteen laitos - Department of History
Tampereen yliopisto - 33014 University of Tampere, Finland

LA Cosortium

Louisiana Consortium for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

2007 annual meeting
Loyola University New Orleans
26-28 October 2007


The 2007 meeting of the Louisiana Consortium for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place
at Loyola University New Orleans 26-28 October
2007. The conference will begin with a reception
and a concert of medieval and early modern music
by New Orleans Musica da Camera on Friday
evening, with scholarly papers on Saturday, and Sunday morning if needed.

A keynote address, tentatively titled “How did
Adam Learn to Speak in Eden? Medieval Islamic and
Christian Thinkers on the Origin and Multiplicity
of Human Languages,” will be given by
Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor of philosophy at
the Catholic University of America and author of
many studies in the areas of Islamic philosophy and theology.

We invite proposals on any topic relating to the
study of the middle ages and the early modern
period. Please send abstracts, along with
contact information and audio/visual requirements, by 1 September 2007 to:

John T. Sebastian
Department of English
Loyola University New Orleans
329 Bobet Hall
Campus Box 50
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Proposals may also be sent by e-mail to
Alice V. Clark
Associate Professor and
Coordinator of Music History and Literature

College of Music and Fine Arts
Loyola University New Orleans
telephone 504/865-3065
fax 504/865-2852
"The Thirty-Fifth Bampton Lectures in America"

October 9, 10, 16 and 17, at Five P.M.

Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor emeritus of Ecclesiastical
History, Cambridge University

"The Crusades, Christianity and Islam"

Oct. 9: "Crusades as Christian Holy Wars"
Oct. 10: "Crusades as Christian Penitential Wars"
Oct. 16: "Crusades and Imperialism"
Oct. 17: "Crusades and Islam"

The Kellogg Conference Center, Columbia University
15th Floor, School of International Affairs, 420 W.118th St.

After education at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where
he completed his PhD, Jonathan Riley-Smith's first university post
was in the Department of Medieval History at the University of St
Andrews in Scotland. In 1972 he returned to the Faculty of History in
the University of Cambridge before being appointed Professor of
History at Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1978. In
1994 he was elected Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History in
Cambridge. He retired at the beginning of 2005.

He is the sole author of eight books, including /The Knights of St
John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c.1050-1310 /(1967), /The Feudal
Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174-1277/ (1973), /What were
the crusades?/ (1977, 3rd edition 2002), /The First Crusade and the
Idea of Crusading /(1986), /The Crusades: A History/ (1987, 2nd
edition 2005) and /The First Crusaders, 1095-1131/ (1997). He is also
the co-author of one book and the editor or co-editor of another
seven. He began his research career as a historian of the military
orders and then moved in the late 1960s and early 1970s on to the
political and constitutional history of the kingdom of Jerusalem. In
the mid 1970s his interests turned to the theory of crusading and the
roles of churchmen as authorizers and preachers. This led to a
concern with the responses of lay men and women to crusade ideas. He
has now returned to the history of the military orders, but he is
also interested in the long shadow of crusading, or rather of
perceptions of it, that lay across the nineteenth and twentieth

Professor Riley-Smith, who is a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval
Academy of America, has been privileged to train a group of
outstanding young historians. They include three full professors and
three others lecturing at British universities, six teaching at
American universities, others with university posts in Canada,
Switzerland, Denmark and Israel, and one who has a permanent research
post in Cyprus.

Professor Riley-Smith is a Knight of Grace and Devotion of the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta and a Knight of Justice of The Most
Venerable Order of St John.

Haskins Society


Annual Meeting

2-4 November 2007

Georgetown University

Featured Speakers: Robin Chapman Stacey (University of Washington)
C. Stephen Jaeger (University of Illinois)
Dominique Barthélemy (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)

The Society welcomes all paper proposals in fields and periods of
medieval history to which Charles Homer Haskins contributed. The
Society is particularly interested in papers on Anglo-Saxon, Viking,
Norman, and Angevin history as well as early and high medieval
cultural history. Papers by graduate students, untenured faculty and
independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell Prize. For
details, please see http:/

Please send one-page abstracts and c.v. to the Program Director, John
Cotts, by email ( or snail mail (Whitman College,
Department of History, Maxey Hall, Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083). The
deadline for receipt of proposals is June 1, 2007. For general
questions about the conference, please contact the Conference
Director, Jennifer Paxton, at