Missed a lecture at the Society of Antiquaries? Many of the society’s events, including conferences, public lectures and ordinary meetings of fellows are available on their Youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/SocAntiquaries/videos Some talks include: The recent Church Treasures conference on the 2nd May, featuring John Goodall, Loyd Grossman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1gmV2I6Mgw) Sophie Oosterwijk on medieval child monuments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ZdKOhp8V8) SallyContinue reading “Resources: Society of Antiquaries London Youtube lectures”
The Vatican library began a project on Thursday to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the Church to the 20th century, and make them available online.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tt7kn Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss chivalry, the moral code observed by knights of the Middle Ages. Chivalry originated in the military practices of aristocratic French and German soldiers, but developed into an elaborate system governing many different aspects of knightly behaviour. It influenced the conduct of medieval military campaigns and also had importantContinue reading “Radio: BBC Radio 4 In Our Time: Chivalry”
I have been recently working on sedilia in cathedrals and as an art historian, I enjoy little more than a game of spot-the-difference. Here are some resources I have found very useful for a glimpse of that state of our greatest medieval buildings before the Gilbert Scott-led frenzy of restoration mania. They are available copyright-free on archive.org so I could not help sharing them.
This major essay series continues as leading thinkers and practitioners share their knowledge and passion for the Golden Age of Islam. Dr. Sussan Babaie from the Courtauld Institute is an expert in Islamic architecture. She turns the spotlight on two significant monuments of the early medieval period in the Islamic world: the 10th century royalContinue reading “Radio: BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, Islamic Architecture: The Islamic Golden Age”
For centuries pilgrimage was one of the greatest adventures on earth, involving epic journeys across the country and around the world. This series sees Simon Reeve retrace the exciting adventures of our ancestors. He learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including the vice, thrills and dangers that all awaited travellers. He explores the faith,Continue reading “TV Programme: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve, BBC 2”
Series in which historian Simon Sebag Montefiore traces the sacred history of Istanbul. Known as the ‘city of the world’s desire’, it’s a place that has been the focus of passion for believers of three different faiths – Paganism, Christianity and Islam – and for nearly 3,000 years its streets have been the battleground forContinue reading “TV Programme: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four”
Currently airing on BBC Two is Tudor Monastery Farm, a rather gentle, post-reality-era bit of television, continuing the popular franchise of Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm. Although a little guilty of choosing the National Curriculum-friendly “Tudor” label over “Medieval” (admittedly however, Late Middle Ages Farm or Circa Fifteen-Hundred Farm lack a certain marketability), it remainsContinue reading “Television review: Tudor Monastery Farm”
Kings College London have launched their Sharing Ancient Wisdoms project, which is publishing several texts of interest to Medievalists/Byzantinists. For more details see: http://www.ancientwisdoms.ac.uk Included in the collection: – Gnomological Material in Arabic and in Arabic-Spanish transmission Texts established by Ines Dallaji, Lorenz Nigst, Christoph Storz, Elvira Wakelnig – Arabic Philosophical Compendia and Excerpts ofContinue reading “Kings Launch “Sharing Ancient Wisdoms” Project”
The Gothic Ivories team is delighted to announce that 700 ‘new’ ivory carvings from over 60 different collections are now available online as part of the Gothic Ivories website! (www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk) Highlights include the Musei Vaticani in Rome, the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, important collections inContinue reading “Updates to the Courtauld Gothic Ivories Project”