Medieval Blogs

[Current as of December 21, 2010]

The Battle of Crécy, August 26, 1346, from Froissart, BNF, FR2643, fol. 165v.

The History News Network has a large catalog of history blogs on its pages, among them a link to an external listing of medieval blogs.  I’ve been meaning to go through these for a while, as one can never have too many sources these days.  As it stands, many of the blogs on the external list have been inactive for some time, so the list I’ve composed below is a great “winnowing” of inactive cyber chaff (a pity, as some of these inactive blogs looked very good).  I’m just sticking to English-language blogs, not out of any misplaced xenophobia, but simply in the interests of time; the one exception to this is The Medieval Manuscript, which is has a great sidebar of medieval centers and institutes throughout Europe.   Incidentally, back in September the BBC had an interesting article on the challenges of data gathering and preservation in the age of blogs, email, and Twitter: “Why everyone has to be a historian in the digital age” (my apologies, but I can’t remember who first pointed me the story).

I don’t pretend that this list is inclusive or comprehensive–that would be a task far greater than my time or energy would permit; I apologize in advance for any blogs I’ve overlooked.  Just shoot me a message if you think the oversight is too glaring to pass unchecked…  Of the quantity that I have surveyed, these seem to be most “on point” and/or to be updated fairly regularly.

1.  Naturally, there are some well-established heavy-weights who deserve top billing:

Blogenspiel: an entertaining, informative, and breezily opinionated blog on all manner of medieval topics.

Muhlberger’s World History: Steve Muhlberger’s great blog, regularly updated and endlessly fascinating.

Unlocked Wordhoard: Richard Nokes’ blog, ditto the comments for Steve Muhlberger’s.

The Ruminate: Larry Swain’s blog.  Of late, he’s had a lot of great Tolkien entries.

Modern Medieval: Larry Swain’s and my friend Matthew Gabriele’s blog dealing with medievalism.  Periodically updated, but always relevant!

In the Middle: most of the recent posting is by Jeffrey J. Cohen, thus lending it an immediate value.  I would recommend reading his recent review of Suzanne Conklin Akbari’s Idols in the East.

Studies in Medievalism: Very much like the title says, run by Richard Utz and others.  A bit tricky to navigate, but worth the time.

The Chaucer Blog, of course, needs no introduction…

Nor does Medieval News, run by my friends over at

And, I would have to definitely add Jonathan Jarrett‘s blog, A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe, which,  addition to its superb entries, has an outstanding listing of medieval blogs and medieval studies resources (Dr. Jarrett used to work at the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge).   Parallel to this is his former colleague Rachel Stone‘s blog, Magistra et Mater; the most recent entry (December 16, that is) is a very thoughtful discussion of “The so-what problem.”

2.  And here’s a list of other blogs well worth checking out…One, which is not featured below, apparently went private, and has an interesting entry on why LiveJournal is no longer an optimal place to blog.  I would recommend reading it…

Anglo-Saxon Archaeology Blog: exactly what it sounds like!

The Cranky Professor:  a nice, informal blog with some Dante content.

Cronaca: David Nishimura’s blog on a variety of art, historical, and academic subjects.

Early Medieval Art: this hasn’t been updated for a while, but it has the same basic layout as my blog, as well as a goodly number of art history resources.

Edward II: I never would have thought that it would be possible to maintain a blog just on Edward II, but Kathryn Warner demonstrates that it certainly is!!  I’ll have to check this out in greater depth…

Got Medieval?: by Carl S. Pyrdum III; an engaging and humorous blog–you’ll never know what you’re going to find!

Haligweorc: interesting blog on a variety of Old English and Late Antique subjects.

Hefenfelth: has some great links and discussion of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Welsh literature, as well as plagues in Late Antique and early British history.  A newer blog can be found at Selah.

The Heroic Age: the blog of the online journal.  Excellent resource for conferences, CFPs, and so on.

Hwaet?:  a community forum on a variety of medieval subjects.

Medieval Material Culture Blog: Karen Larsdatter’s excellent reports on medieval and academic happenings. lots of posts about lots of topics, updated frequently and with some verve.

Mony wylsum way:  Hannah Kilpatrick’s blog, on medieval history and literature.  Great stuff here, including her analysis of Brandt’s The Shape of Medieval History.

The Naked Philologist: entertaining blog with posts on a random variety of medieval literary and cultural topics.

Old English in New York: Mary Kate Hurley’s blog.  I’ve come across her name recently…but, apologies, I’ve been through so much web material today that I’ve lost that reference.  Intermittent posting, but always interesting, I think.

Quid plura?: Jeff Spyeck teaches at College Park, and has written a couple books on Charlemagne (which naturally piques my curiosity–long story, but this fascination with things Carolingian derives from my exam prep a couple years ago).

In Romaunce as We Rede: my English Department colleague Leila K. Norako has very recently started this blog, and as yet it only has a few entries.  But, being a careful and vivacious scholar, she is already blogging great stuff.  Her post on the Wessex Parallel Web Text project is a case in point.

Scela: Lisa L. Spangenberg’s Celtic studies blog, which as received wide acclaim.

The View from Kalamazoo: Elizabeth Carnell’s blog, updated at intervals of roughly three-four weeks; good, among other things, for picking up conference CFPs.

Yalebot: a developing blog by Yale grad student Eric Weiskott.  The content looks similar to mine–a collection of interesting news stories and posts by a developing medievalist.

  1. […] this up for a while.  Eventually, I’ll delete most of this, and direct folks to the new Medieval Blogs page I just made.  Happy […]

  2. Hunt Janin says:

    I’m working on a book on medieval mercenaries — a subject which, at this moment, I don’t know a lot about. Any suggestions for websites that might be able to enlighten me?

  3. You might try scrolling through the articles on De Re Militari’s site. I believe they have links to some material on mercenaries. Also look at their Book Reviews pages, that might produce some other leads.

  4. hunt janin says:

    Thanks very much for your reply. If you personaly have any thoughts on medieval mercenaries, please share them with me.

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