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

A Medievalist’s Review of Brave

Disney’s newest movie, Brave, features a theme common to (almost required for) a story about a girl in the Middle Ages—Princess Merida is forced to marry against her will, pawned because she is female by a well-meaning family who fail … Continue reading

Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Societal Ignorance

Moneyball: “Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. And if I say it to anybody, I’m-I’m ostracized. I’m-I’m-I’m a leper.” My Cousin Vinny: “The laws are medieval down here. Do you know what the minimum age … Continue reading

Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Medicine

Bloodletting The most common concept of medieval medicine that I hear is “bloodletting to release the evil spirits.” Though I have found recommendations that people with certain dispositions undergo bloodletting at certain times of year, I have never found a … Continue reading