Category Archives: Education

From Dog Bites to Amputations: 14th century Surgery

Henri de Mondeville (c. 1260 – 1316) was the surgeon to two kings of France – Philip IV and Louis X. In 1312 he wrote Cyrurgia (Surgery), one of the first works of its kind from the Middle Ages. Based … Continue reading

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Vegetables in the Middle Ages

Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, offer the stories of eleven different vegetables – artichokes, beans, chard, cabbage, cardoons, carrots, chili peppers, Jerusalem artichokes, peas, pumpkins, and tomatoes – offering tidbits from science and agriculture to history, culture, and, of course, … Continue reading

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Five Ways to get Noticed by Historians

Of the millions of people who’ve lived on Earth, we know barely a fraction of their names. Even in periods in which thorough records were kept, time, the elements, and human actions have eroded our stockpile of documents, leaving us … Continue reading

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Why do historians disagree? A comparison of biographies of Henry V

There can be little doubt that Henry V is one of England’s most celebrated monarchs. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the events surrounding the Battle of Agincourt has secured Henry’s place in history, with many believing him to be one of England’s … Continue reading

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A little touch of Branagh: Henry V

  Abstract: Taking as a starting point the illuminating similarity between the critical reception of Kenneth Branagh’s film of Henry V (1989) and the liberal humanist reading of the Shakespearean play-text, this article highlights a series of significant stress-points in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Snobs, Medievalists

Pui Yan Fong for The Chronicle Review We medievalists have had a pretty good run in academe. We were admitted in the final third of the 19th century after we proved that our subject was complex (read: science-like) enough to … Continue reading

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A Tudor Feast at Christmas

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold recreate a Tudor Christmas.

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