I have had the privilege to join the team behind The Medieval Magazine. This digital publication stems from the renowned medieval website Medievalists.net. Started just a few years ago, the magazine became a resource for both enthusiasts and academics alike. Recently we have revamped the design, restructured and refreshed the content with a diverse team of expert contributors from around the world. Below are some highlights from our recent issues. You can either purchase the single issue, a monthly subscription or yearly. All priced accordinly and we never include any ads - just pure content.
EARNING YOUR BADGE
By Danièle Cybulskie
One of the brilliant things about humankind is our desire to continuously strive to accomplish difficult things: epic journeys, great feats, tough challenges. We do this to learn more about ourselves, to test ourselves, or sometimes to set ourselves on a spiritual journey. One of our most enduring and common impulses is to share our triumphs with the world. While the majority of people who climb Everest today doubtless do it for personal reasons, rare indeed is the person who climbs the mountain and never tells anyone.
By Meghna N. Desai
The Indus Valley Civilisation laid the founding stone in establishing organised trade relations with Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeologist Prof. J.M. Kenoyer, who spent decades unearthing the trade and crafts technologies of the Indus Valley writes, ‘..no single individual or dynasty dominated the cities for very long, and that they may have been controlled by several competing groups of elites, i.e. landowners, merchants, or ritual specialists. Collectively, these communities appear to have established and maintained order and hierarchy among many diﬀerent social classes and economic groups that would have been present in larger cities.’
The Cult Of Saints: Sainte Foy
By Sydney K. Gobin
Divine rays of ethereal light stream through rich, multicolored glass; overwhelming scents are emitted from hanging lanterns, masking the indistinguishable mixture of odors brought into the sacred space; footsteps echo against the cavernous stone walls. Angels, demons, saints, and prophets peer downward imploring self-reflection and fear upon the visitors; recalling those they left behind and those who came before. Monopolizing the senses, the pilgrimage church served as an awe-inspiring symbol of the holy power which reigned supreme in France during the Middle Ages. These monumental stone institutions were part of a network of churches leading the penitent pilgrim along their treacherous journey of hope.