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medieval history



  • Queen of Heaven, Empress of Hell

    by Vanessa R. Corcoran

    Contemporary depictions of Mary tend to be gentle in their holiness, but Christians centuries ago envisioned her as a powerful agent who fought for their salvation.



  • How two women pulled off a medieval manuscript heist in post-war Germany

    by Jennifer Bain

    After the Dresden bombings, the Soviet Army seized and inspected the surviving vault. The first bank official to enter the vault afterwards found it pillaged, with only one manuscript remaining. The bank could never confirm if the vault was emptied in an official capacity or if it was plundered.

  • Sacred Objects: Medieval History and Star Wars

    by Stephenie McGucken

    For European believers, relics allowed worshipers to encounter some aspect of an object of devotion—a holy person or place—when the object itself was physically unavailable or geographically inaccessible.



  • Historian and medievalist Brian Tierney dies at 97

    Tierney was a past president of the American Catholic Historical Association, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Medieval Academy of America.


  • In Dalmatia, Distant Pasts Influence the Present

    by Erik Moshe

    The ancient past is usually well-hidden underground. The medieval past rarely makes an appearance. However, in Dalmatia, ancient, medieval and the early modern past are inextricably intertwined, and visible on every corner. 



  • Is medieval history really bunk?

    Historians hit back as former skills minister Robert Halfon seeks to axe government subsidies for people who study the subject.