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!
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
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!
I don't know if you know this, but your DNA, Kyle, has been teaching a lot about history lately. It turns out DNA studies can confirm some of the details about mass migrations recorded in the history books. For instance, the so-called barbarian invasions and all the resulting admixture show up as a lot of… Continue reading Your DNA is teaching us about medieval history! Who knew your DNA was such a brainiac?
Another article that speaks well of the merry old Middle Ages, deploring our use of the term "medieval" to convey something barbaric like the time people fought in Walmart over Tickle-Me Elmos and it was caught on video and posted on Youtube! Not so, says the writer. Not so. The Middle Ages were actually a… Continue reading The Middle Ages Were Fun!