The Book of Kells by Charles Gidley

As medievalists, we all want to get our hands on original manuscripts. Since many manuscripts exist only in one fragile copy, most of our manuscript dreams are destined to be thwarted. Thank goodness for the facsimile. The Book of Kells … Continue reading

Bible Translations You Should Be Using

If you’re a medievalist, that is. This post is about Bible translations for research purposes, not for personal devotion. When using Bibles for research, as one will definitely need to do when studying English-language literature, it’s important to have a … Continue reading

Medieval Callings, Edited by Jacques Le Goff

Medieval Callings, edited by Jacques Le Goff and translated by Lydia G. Cochrane, is a wonderful volume on professions during the Middle Ages which attempts to give a clear view of how various types of people viewed themselves. The book … Continue reading

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades was a disappointment. This surprises me because Jonathan Riley-Smith has an excellent reputation in Crusades scholarship. Erroneous information is not a problem; the few points that I would contest are the result of … Continue reading

Medieval Anachronisms, Part 2: Tournaments

Visit the “Post Series” page for the full series. Arthurian tales of elaborate tournaments originated largely in the High Middle Ages. During the actual High Middle Ages, tournaments as we think of them in Arthurian tales did not exist. However, … Continue reading

The Crusaders: The Struggle for the Holy Land by Régine Pernoud

Since Régine Pernoud is one of my favorite historians, I was bound to get to this book eventually. The Crusaders is, like every other book of hers, well-researched and a fabulous piece on its topic. The Crusaders is different from … Continue reading