You are probably familiar with Marco Polo's famous book about his time in the Mongol Empire. But have you ever heard of Polo's contemporary, Simon of Saint-Quentin, or his book - History of the Tartars (Historia Tartarorum)? It's available in English for the first time, right here: http://www.simonofsaintquentin.org Simon was one of the very first… Continue reading A primary source on the Mongols translated into English for the first time and available online: Simon of Saint-Quentin’s History of the Tartars!
This article is a written version of our Christmas podcast, broadcast on CEU Medieval Radio on December 24th and 25th of 2019. The article provides background information on the study of medieval music in Hungary, medieval Christmas liturgy and introduces an album, produced in Hungary in 1978 featuring Late Medieval plainchant, and a short description of each song and their role in the religious celebrations.
Happy new academic year, everyone! We are very happy to start with an exciting announcement: from now on we will be cooperating with the CEU Podcast Library, and we'll be publishing a selection of older episodes as well as new ones we are working on. You can find more info here: https://podcasts.ceu.edu/article/2019-09-06/past-perfects-past-and-future
Many thanks to all our listeners who have stuck with us and let us know that they have had trouble accessing the CEU Medieval Radio stream the past few months. We have resolved the issue so the stream should be working. If you have any trouble let us know what application you are using to… Continue reading Radio up and running!
Many of our listeners may have heard about the troubles Central European University has been going through for almost two years. CEU Medieval Radio feels we should share what is happening to our home, as well as assure listeners that both CEU and the Medieval Radio are going strong and will continue to do so.… Continue reading Trouble in Hungary: CEU, Academic Freedom, and the Future
We are proud to announce that there are many more podcasts you can enjoy from Central European University, at the CEU Podcast Library. The CEU Podcast Library is the home of original research produced by CEU faculty, students, and staff. You can find anything from what sports can teach us about philosophy to what on… Continue reading More Podcasts from CEU!
In brief: Yes, he was. But if you are also interested in how and why certain mythical episodes of the eleventh-century Hungarian King's life seeped into the Arthurian legends, read Stephen Pow's latest article about Lancelot and Ladislaus (László) in the latest issue of CEU's Annual of Medieval Studies (2018).
In this episode Chris Mielke speaks with Dr. Ruth Mazo Karras, professor of history and expert on medieval social and cultural history, gender, and sexuality. To listen to the podcast please click here. Dr. Karras is a professor of history at the University of Minnesota, as well as the General Editor of the University of Pennsylvania… Continue reading Past Perfect! with Ruth Mazo Karras now available!
In this episode Karen Stark speaks with Dr. Leslie Peirce, professor of history at New York University, about topics ranging from early modern Ottoman history, slavery, and the harem, to Turkish historical TV dramas. You can listen to the podcast here. Dr. Peirce is a professor of history at New York University. Her writing and teaching… Continue reading Past Perfect! with Leslie Peirce now available!
Stephen Pow talks with Dr. Robert Ousterhout, professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. To listen to the podcast please click here. Robert Ousterhout (Ph.D. University of Illinois) has taught in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania since 2007. Previously he was Professor of Architectural… Continue reading Past Perfect! with Robert Ousterhout now available!
A brand new episode of Past Perfect! is now available to stream and download! In this episode our own Chris Mielke interviews Dr. Verena Krebs. They discuss topics ranging from cross-cultural exchange in the Middle Ages to the history and culture of Ethiopia, and investigate the question: how did European art from the 15th century… Continue reading Past Perfect! with Verena Krebs now available!
We are pleased to announce that new episodes of our podcast "Past Perfect!" are coming soon! The broadcasting dates and guest stars are as follows: July 17 - Dr. Verena Krebs July 31 - Dr. Robert Ousterhout August 14 - Dr. Leslie Peirce August 28 - Dr. Ruth Mazo Karras . Many thanks to our wonderful guest scholars and… Continue reading New “Past Perfect!” episodes coming soon!
Here's a recent interview with Tamás, the founder and the now not-so-active head editor of CEU Medieval Radio: https://medium.com/@labovj/the-demise-of-history-8ab884d4a4a9
The Department of History and the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest invite undergraduate students to rethink the causes and manifestations of social, political, and cultural crises in history and the various ways communities and individuals coped with them. The departments invite proposals for papers from undergraduates around the world who analyze through particular case… Continue reading Call for Papers: COPING WITH CRISIS: Undergraduate Conference in History
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 8:00pm Building: Nador u. 13 Room: Atrium To celebrate 25th anniversary of the CEU Medieval Studies Department, a “medieval fair” will be held in the N13 Atrium, where scholars and students will host demo tables centered on medieval-related research fields of study, such as medieval painting techniques, medieval paleography and… Continue reading Upcoming Event at CEU: 25 years of Medieval Studies – Medieval Fair and Anniversary Concert
Open to the Public Speaker: Ute Falasch Building: Nador u. 9, Monument Building Room: Gellner Date: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm Since it was found by the Syrian Sufi Badīʿ al-Dīn Shāh Madār in the beginning of 15th century India, the Madāriyya Sufi brotherhood quickly became and remained one of the biggest brotherhoods on the subcontinent.… Continue reading Upcoming Lecture: The Madāriyya Sufi brotherhood in India: Good Muslims or heretics?
Central European University Audience: Open to the Public Speaker: Ines Zupanov Building: Nador u. 9, Monument Building Room: Gellner Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 9 Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm The mission among the Parava pearlfishing community in South India - the first Jesuit mission established by the first Jesuit missionary and saint Francis… Continue reading Upcoming Lecture: Fishing for Souls: Jesuits and Paravas on the Pearlfishing Coast (16th century)
We are proud to announce that CEU Alumna and one of the most active members of the CEU Medieval Radio team, Kyra Lyublyanovics, has had her book, based on her doctoral dissertation defended in 2015, published by Archaeopress! The volume is entitled: New Home, New Herds: Cuman Integration and Animal Husbandry in Medieval Hungary from an Archaeozoological… Continue reading Herds, Husbandry, and Hungary: New Publication by CEU Alumna and CEU Medieval Radio Team Member
CEU Medieval Studies Department CEU - Monument Building, Gellner Room Budapest, Nádor u. 9 Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm The Christianization Age in Central Europe is a milieu of continuous encounter among peoples from different cultural and ethnical environments and of efforts from the Christian side to evangelize and extend the… Continue reading Upcoming lecture: Animal metaphors in sources from the Age of Christianization in Central Europe
Upcoming lecture at the Medieval Studies Department: The poet-patriarch Abdisho of Gazarta (d.1570) and the Church of the East in schism, by Lucy Parker (University of Oxford) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm CEU - Nador u. 9, Monument Building, Gellner Room The year 1552 witnessed a schism within one of… Continue reading Upcoming lecture: The poet-patriarch Abdisho of Gazarta (d.1570) and the Church of the East in schism, by Lucy Parker (University of Oxford)
A possible portrait of Anne Boleyn was identified using facial recognition software of all things. Up until now there is no portrait of her except that on a battered bronze disk. After her execution, Big Brother Henry made her an unperson so her portraits disappeared pretty quickly. The medal survived by chance, perhaps because it… Continue reading Anne Boleyn, we long for to see you!
Very exciting article published recently: http://www.medievalists.net/2016/01/19/dna-study-reveals-the-english-are-one-third-anglo-saxon/ The topic of just how much the Anglo-Saxon immigration affected modern British genetics has been a hotly contested one, ever since Merlin pegged the Anglo-Saxon ancestry of England at about 90%. Recent genetic studies looked at the modern population of Britain's DNA and suggested all kinds of things. Some… Continue reading Just how Anglo-Saxon are the English? 38%!
In the words of Percy Bysshe Shelly: "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair." Abergeldie Castle in Scotland, dating from the 16th century and situated close to the royal residence of Balmoral, is facing destruction after the bank of the Dee river gave way. Now frantic work is underway to stop the erosion and… Continue reading A Scottish Castle Teeters on the Brink of Oblivion
People used to laugh at medieval medical practices, and they still do from time to time. Especially we tend to laugh when we read of medieval doctors bleeding people, or talking about the 4 humours and vital spirits. We also laugh at the popular idea that witches caused illness, when in fact we know now… Continue reading Medieval potions help fight dangerous bacteria
Dearest listeners and voyeurs, CEU Medieval Radio wishes all of you a most salubrious 2016, full of good happenings! The year ended on a happy note for a former physics teacher, cum medieval pilgrim, Steven Payne who walked the medieval pilgrim's route from Southampton to Canterbury this month. He completed the journey, arriving in Canterbury… Continue reading Travelling – the Medieval Way
Good news to all of our listeners who deplore the loss of the medieval crown of Bulgaria's kings! Recently the crown of Bulgaria's medieval kings was reconstructed and is now being exhibited in Sofia's National History Museum http://www.novinite.com/articles/172367/Museum+Exhibits+Replica+of+Crown+Worn+by+Medieval+Bulgarian+Rulers Check the link! The crown was created for kings of the second Bulgarian dynasty around 1200. Bulgaria's… Continue reading Reconstruction of the Medieval Crown of Bulgarian Monarchs
Nowadays everyone has a positive association with elves... That sounds weird, but what I mean to say is that people like elves. They think of them as handsome Orlando Bloom types with pointy ears, long flowing hair, and of course they are pretty good with a bow and arrow. Or, more significantly at this time… Continue reading Elves – can we really trust them?
Recently a medieval treasure was unearthed in England. It's a figurine of a wild man, brandishing a club and a set of powerful beard hairs. Check the link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-35050026 What is strange is that such figurines were common in the Middle Ages if the art historians and archaeologists can be believed. A very common… Continue reading Statues of wild men: the medieval equivalent of some popular figurine of modern times?
My dear fellow defrocked priests and banished nuns, Know this! 2015 is almost over and the winner for the "Bad Sex in Fiction" award took place on December 1st. Apparently 2015, had no shortage of fiction which depicted some of this "funny business" as we at CEU Medieval Radio call it. So it was very… Continue reading Medieval Writers “Bad sex in fiction” awards
This is a special message to just say thanks for all the support from all the medieval music lovers out there.