Radio: BBC Radio 4 In Our Time: Chivalry

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”

Resources: Images of English Cathedrals before 1850

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.

Radio: BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, Islamic Architecture: The Islamic Golden Age

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”

TV Programme: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve, BBC 2

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”

TV Programme: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

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”

Kings Launch “Sharing Ancient Wisdoms” Project

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”