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The Medieval Magazine— Medieval Communities:

This issue takes a look at the good and bad in medieval communities: students, religious groups, ethnic minorities, confraternities, and guilds. Who was excluded, and why? What did these organizations offer, and how did people benefit from membership in religious and lay groups? We examine “the other” in the Armenian minority living in medieval Byzantium. We look at desirable and undesirable religious and secular communities, from the respectable lay confraternities, to the much-maligned monastic order of Sarabites, to the strange development of fringe groups such as flagellants. We look at economic organizations in the Middle Ages as we explore the world of masons and guilds, discovering what membership entails and the various strategies employed to fight off competition. Lastly, we look at community shared through cuisine as we explore the world of Parsi cooking.

Good morning art history lovers!

Working on the next issue of The Medieval Magazine this morning. InDesign, tea, marginalia and my little one hugging my leg đŸ„°

The “D” everyone really wants


Drogo Sacramentary

c. 850

Manuscript (Ms. lat. 9428), 265 x 215 mm

BibliothĂšque Nationale, Paris

Beaulieu, The New Forest 

Photos by me 

This issue focuses on the Black Death, its causes, and its aftermath. We look at the beginnings of the Plague outbreak, its spread into Europe, and how it impacted large cities such as Constantinople. We then travel far north to the Orkney, Shetland, and Faroe Islands to see its impact in these regions where documentation is scarce. We examine how music helped with plague outbreaks in an article discussing how the ancients combined music and medicine. Where did the term Black Death come from? What did writers who lived through the Plague (such as Boccaccio) think about it? Lastly, how did events such as plague and war give rise to shifts in medieval thought, to concepts around momento mori and Danse Macabre? These questions (and many more!) are all answered within these pages!

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This issue focuses on the influence, impact, and legacy of the military orders. We look at the Hospitallers and the beginnings of public access to medical care. Further north, we explore Transylvania and see how the Teutonic Knights expanded into Romania and what part they played in the Baltic Crusades. We examine the Templar banking juggernaut and see how they became one of Europe’s first “international banks.” We also see how the extraordinarily powerful Templars, who once had kings in their debt, were swiftly and completely wiped out by the early fourteenth century. Who benefited from their demise? How true are the bizarre rumors about them today? It’s all in this issue!

Single issue


We finally got the latest issue out. This summer we’re looking at The Crusades. 98 pages of Crusade history from the quirky feathered friends on Crusade to the impact on Byzantium. 

We also look at the Mongol threat, and examine relations between Crusaders and Muslims in the Crusader States over the course of several centuries. On the weird and wacky side, we follow a goose on Crusade, and try to understand what that meant to people caught up in the fervour of the movement. Lastly, we examine a knightly legend more about an inner Crusade of faith, than a physical journey to battle.

There is a lot of great content but this goose is my favorite. LOOK AT HIM.


Get the full issue here: The Medieval Magazine – SUMMER SPECIAL: THE CRUSADES

I have an endless list but this week I am definitely on the peacock kick. LOOK AT THEM!

Shout out to the artist who spent precious time on creating these lovely mussels and crab with such detail!!!   

St. Ambrose & St. Augustine from the Book of Hours of Anne Cleves

The Netherlands, Utrecht

ca. 1440