Monday, January 28, 2008

News of the Week

Anglo-Saxon treasures will stay in region - vow

Same story, different take: MP in plea over ancient treasure

Event passed, but only thing I found on it: MEDIAEVAL FIND TO BE TOPIC

Medieval splendour as Ruins welcomes visitors

'Too good to be true' Thomson ivory declared genuine

Jan 28:

1457 Henry VII (Tudor) of England

814 Charlemagne; Louis "the Pious" inherits Frankish Empire
1232 Pedro de Montaigu, 15th Master of the Templars
1256 St. Peter Nolesco

893 Coronation of Charles III, "the Simple" as King of France
1077 King Henry IV submits to the Pope at Canossa
1256 William, King of the Romans, was killed
1393 "Bal des Ardents;" Death of the Count de Joigny, Yvain de Foix,
Aimery Poitiers, and Huguet de Guisay

Jan 20:
591 St. Sulpicius

1118 Pope Paschal II

904 Sergius III crowned pope - beginning of the "Pornocracy"
1327 Coronation of Edward III of England

Jan 30:
680 St. Bathild, Queen to Clovis II of France
Holiday of Three Hierachs (Eastern Orthodox)

435 Rome made peace with the Vandals, ending the "Fall"
1118 Election of Gelasius I as Pope
1328 King Edward III of England re-marries Phillippa of Hainaut
1349 Election of Guanther of Schwarzberg as King of Germany
1380 St. Catherine of Siena suffers a stroke
1487 Bell chimes invented

Jan 31:
410 St. Marcella
626 St. Aidan (Madoc) of Ferns

314 St. Sylvester becomes Pope
1298 Peace of Tournai
1405 Jean de Bethencourt goes to France to obtain materials to
establish a colony on the Canary Islands

Monday, January 21, 2008

News and More

A Treasure Trove of Books

Lombard trove in world heritage bid

Ivories on show in London before they leave to live in Canada

Medieval artefact rescued by amateur historian

St Mildred's Priory - Tower restoration to begin

The Sarmas Collection of Medieval Greek Coinage

Tithebarn could yield medieval treasures

Tudor 'correspondent' text online

Jan 21:
259 St. Fructuosus
861 St. Meinrad

1338 King Charles V of France


917 Erchanger, Duke of Swabia
1118 Pope Paschal II

911 King Louis the Child, last Carolingian ruler of Germany, dies

1189 Phillip Augustus, King of France, Henry II, King of England, and
Fredrick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, begin assembling the troops for
the Third Crusade

1217 Matthew Paris enters St Albans as a monk

1287 The treaty of San Agayz is signed.
Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.

1472 Great daylight comet of 1472 passes within 10.5 million km of

Jan 22:
304 St. Vincent of Saragossa
628 St. Anastasius the Persian

1263 Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)
1440 Ivan III (the Great), Grand Prince of Russia

565 Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John
1498 Columbus discovers St Vincent Island

Jan 23:
616 St. John the Almoner
667 St. Ildefonsus
1275 St. Raymond of Penafort

1350 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (d. 1419)

1002 Otto III, Emperor of the West
1199 Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)

393 Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius
1264 Annullment of the Provisions of Oxford
1295 Coronation of Pope Boniface VIII
1368 In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of
China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over
China that would last for three centuries.

Jan 24:
97 St. Timothy
260 Babylas, Bishop, Memorial
Felician and Messalina, Memorial

1287 Richard de Bury
1287 Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
1444 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)

661 Murder of Ali by a Kharajite
772 Pope Stephen III (b. 720)
1002 Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
1125 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
1366 Alfonso IV of Aragon (b. 1299)
1376 Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
1438 The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of
Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
1458 Matthias Corvinus elected King of Hungary
1473 Conrad Paumann, German composer

1438 The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of
Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.

Jan 25:
363 Sts. Juventinus and Maximinus
Conversion of St. Paul, Feast Day
460 St. Dwynwen - Memorial, the saint of Welsh lovers

749 Leo IV (the Khazar), Byzantine Emperor
1477 Anna, Duchess of Brittany, wife of Charles VIII of France

389 Gregory Nazianzus, theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople
477 Gaiseric, King of the Vandals
817 Pope Stephen V
844 Pope Gregory IV
1067 Emperor Yingzong of China
1138 Anacletus, anti-Pope
1366 Henry Suso, German mystic
1431 Charles II, Duke of Lorraine
1494 Ferrante I, King of Aragon

817 Consecration of Paschal I as Pope
1077 Emperor Henry IV submits to Pope Gregory VII at Canossa
1153 Baldwin III, King of Jerusalem, attacks Ascalon
1325 Lithuania opened to settlement
1327 Edward III becomes King of England.
1356 Edward III, King of England, having no further use for him,
pensions off Edward Balliol, "King" of Scots
1494 Alfonso II becomes King of Naples.
1498 Vasco da Gama reaches Quelimane, on the Sofala coast

Jan 26:
166 St. Polycarp
404 St. Paula
648 St. Conan
1100 St. Eystein of Norway 1
1108 St. Alberic (Aubrey)
1271 St. Margaret

1497 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan

724 Caliph Yazid II
946 Eadgyth, German Queen

1266 Charles of Anjou becomes King of Sicily
1316 Revolt in Wales by Llywelyn Bren
1316 Edward Bruce and Irish fight English
1340 King Edward III of England is declared King of France.
1347 University of Prague authorized by the Pope

Blog Entry of the Week:
Myths of Britain at In the Middle

Quote of the Week:

I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile. Gregory VII

Words of the Week: brings us callow, meaning immature or inexperienced, from Old English calu meaning bald or bare, "many a man becomes bald suddenly" we're told in a proverb from the period. also brings us quietus, from Medieval Latin quietus est, meaning in English to be discharged, a final stroke or word that ends something, released from life, and even a period of inactivity. It is the perfect passive participle of the Latin verb quiesco, meaning to rest, to be at peace, be silent.

Continuing a medieval word theme it would appear, they also brought us upbraid, from Old English upbregdan, to twist, and by extension, to reproach, a word used by Wulfstan to encourage penance.

Webster's brings us a word not used much except in special applications in British English: hustings, from Old English which borrowed it from Old Norse, hus thing, house assembly, a court, and used in the 19th century to refer to the "stump" on which a candidate would make a speech.

There's also scarify, from French, from late Latin, from Greek meaning originally to scratch an outline, but in English meant to lacerate, either literally such as a wound, or figuratively, one's feelings or thoughts

The Medieval Review recent reviews:

Anlezark, Daniel Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England

Harari, Yuval Noah
Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550

Garland, Lynda
Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience, AD 800-1200

Bullón-Fernández, María, ed.
England and Iberia in the Middle Ages, 12th-15th Century

Knuuttila, Simo
Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Rosenwein, Barbara H.

Arnold, Martin
The Vikings: Wolves of War

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Call for Papers

The Heroic Age accepts papers on any topic within the geographical
(Northwestern Europe) and temporal (300-1200) boundaries of the
journal at any time. Submissions should be sent to Larry J. Swain,

Below are plans for special, themed sections in upcoming issues.
The call for Issue 12 has been extended.

The Heroic Age Issue 12: Early Medieval Languages and Linguistics
(Spring 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions on any aspect of Late Antique or
Early Medieval languages and linguistics. Topics may include (but
are not limited to): place name studies; vocabulary borrowed from
different languages (such as William Sayers exploration of the
borrowing of nautical vocabulary from Norse in Issue 8 of The
Heroic Age); growth of vernacular languages; the influence of Latin
on vernacular; vernacular influence on Latin; runes; ogam; editions
or translations of little known texts or inscriptions; the use or
mis-use of Greek or Hebrew.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than February 10,
2007. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age Issue 13: Early Medieval Manuscripts: Use and Abuse
(July 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions exploring the use or abuse of
Late Antique and Early Medieval manuscripts. Studies of individual
manuscripts, or the influence of disparate manuscripts on a
particular text, the peculiar travels of a manuscript(s), and other
studies are encouraged and welcome.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than April 1,
2008. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age, Issue 14: Law and Legal Culture in the Early Middle

Guest Editor: Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville

The Heroic Age invites submissions for a special issue on law and
legal culture in the early middle ages. We construe the subject of
this issue broadly, and we are eager to receive submissions
representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, national or
ethnic cultures, and disciplines. Possible topics include (but are
not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and
literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and
wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, canon law,
editing medieval law, law and philosophy, perceptions of medieval law
in later periods, law in/and art, international law, and intersections
between medieval Asian and European legal traditions. We welcome
traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those
informed by modern critical theory.

Prospective contributors should feel free to contact Andrew Rabin
( if they have any questions.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and
conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style. Instructions may be found
at All submissions will be
reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All
submissions should be sent to The deadline for
submission is August 1st, 2008.

This issue will also include a second special section on Early
Medieval Studies and Modern Theory, title to yet be determined.
The section is being edited and compiled currently by Eileen Joy
and will include papers from members of the BABEL project.

Future Plans: Issue 15: Ten Year Anniversary Issue: The World of
Late Antique Britain

For our ten year anniversary The Heroic Age is revisiting
its first issue in a way. Our first issue dealt with the Matter of
Arthur. Issue 15 will have three sections: One section is
historical and would examine the world of Late Antique Britain,
connections with the rest of the continent in Late Antiquity, and
new views of the Adventus Saxonum. The second section will examine
Arthur and Arthurian literature. The third section will include
studies of "under studied" early medieval authors stressing the
early period and stressing Irish and British authors.

The Heroic Age is an on-line, peer-reviewed academic journal hosted by
the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It focuses on Northwestern
Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through
12th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of
this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including-but
not limited to-history, archeology, and literature pertaining to the

The Week's News

'Nativity and Last Judgment' diptych confirmed as 12th or 13th century masterpiece:

Cathedral prepares for 750th anniversary

Giovanni Boccaccio’s house reopens to the public in Certaldo

Unearthing city's vibrant past one tiny piece at a time

Restorers uncover 600 years of history in building project

More on Salisbury Cathedral

Grisly discovery of headless bodies gives insight into justice Saxon

Gospel truth is treasures CAN be loaned out

Our chessmen were taken, but Scotland is heaving with stolen art


Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Michelle at Heavenfield has tagged me with a History Meme. After sitting on it for awhile, I decided I'd best get busy and respond to her.

1. Link to the person who tagged you.

See above. Michelle has been making some interesting posts, so check it out.

2. List 7 random/weird things about your favorite historical figure.

Well, wow, whom to pick; there are so many interesting figures to choose from. And some of the figures I would choose, there aren't 7 things known about them personally! Aelfric of Eynsham is one example: the most prolific writer of Anglo-Saxon England and yet we know practically NOTHING about him personally: not his birth, not his death, not when he became a priest, nor even exactly when he became an abbot. We know he wrote Old English and Latin texts, that he was very concerned with teaching the basics of Christianity; we know he was at Westminster in 987 and was sent to Cerne Abbas where he taught Latin and wrote the first grammar in English, and that he was a student of both Dunstan and Aethelwold. Sometime between 1002 and 1005 he was abbot of the refounded house at Eynsham where he continued to write, translate etc. Oddly, he lives in the midst of Viking depradations, but never once mentions anything specific about them. I think that's 7 things.

3. Tag seven more people at the end of your blog and link to theirs.

Are there 7 medieval bloggers left to tag? I'll have to catch up on that one later.

4. Let the person know they have been tagged by leaving a note on their blog.

Friday, January 04, 2008