From Academic Article to Fantasy Novel: Medieval Alchemy and The Alchemists’ CouncilPaper given by Cynthea MassonDelivered at Vancouver Island University on 30 September 2016Alchemy is about transformation. This medieval science sought to find a universal cure for disease, the means to prolong life with an elixir of immortality, and most famously, a method to transform base metals into gold.
Ritual feasting in Iron Age IrelandBy Finbar McCormickRelics of old decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory, eds. G. Cooney, Katarina Becker, J. Coles, M. Ryan and S. Sievers (Bray, 2009)Introduction: When Sir William Petty wrote his economic appraisal of Ireland in 1672 it was at a time when the old Gaelic political and social structures, in which cattle were measured as the primary form of wealth, had all but disappeared.
A Quest for the Black Knight: Casting People of Color in Arthurian Film and Television By Kathryn WymerThis Year’s Work in Medievalism, Volume 27 (2012)Introduction: The first thing everybody notices (or perhaps does not even need to notice) about films set in the Middle Ages is that all the characters are usually white.
You might know already that Peter Konieczny – editor of Our Site – also serves as editor of Medieval Warfare magazine, while Sandra Alvarez, who helped co-found Our Site, is the editor of Ancient History magazine. Over the years, we’ve sometimes offered special deals on the two magazines, but now we’ve managed to convince our boss to make an even better offer!
One of the founders of Plymouth Colony, William Bradford was born in Austerfield, Yorkshire, in 1590. The group later moved to Leyden.From Leyden, they voyaged on the Mayflower to America in 1620. After establishing the rules for their colony in the famous Mayflower Compact, the group established Plymouth Colony.
Hercules in Italian Renaissance art: masculine labour and homoerotic libidoBy Patricia SimonsArt History, Vol. 31 (2008)Introduction: Christian fortitude and civic heroism blend in the Renaissance ﬁgure of a muscular, idealized, nude Hercules overcoming his foes and performing mythic labours or resting in glorious victory.