Science & Medicine at the Medieval Academy of America 2019

Medieval histories of science and medicine were well represented at the Medieval Academy of America this year. And with a few big (or biggish) projects getting funding in the field recently, it was a good opportunity to take stock of some of the things that are going on. ‘Networks and Exchanges of Science and Medicine’… Continue reading Science & Medicine at the Medieval Academy of America 2019

The Global Turn at the Medieval Academy of America 2019

The Medieval Academy of America this year was subtitled ‘The Global Turn in the Middle Ages’. It surprised more than a few people, then, when the plenary speaker, Prof Nora Berend, began proceedings by explaining at length why she thought that using the word ‘global’ was a mistake in analyses of the pre-modern world. The… Continue reading The Global Turn at the Medieval Academy of America 2019

Merovingian Things 2: The Throne of Dagobert

The bronze throne of Dagobert is one of the most famous images of the Merovingian period. As a folding chair, it speaks of continuity with Roman administrative authority, as it is modelled on the sella curulis often used by magistrates.[1] The use of bronze and the ?leopard decorations gives it more visual power than that.… Continue reading Merovingian Things 2: The Throne of Dagobert