Agnès Sorel: The continued relevance of a pre-modern icon

Dr Tracy Adams Few women of the middle ages can equal Agnès Sorel (ca. 1426-50), the beautiful mistress of King Charles VII of France (1403-61), when it comes to star power. She is a fixture in popular histories, novels, documentaries, and, most recently, internet fan sites, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook posts. But her celebrityContinue reading “Agnès Sorel: The continued relevance of a pre-modern icon”

Writing and collecting letters in late-antique Gaul: interpreting the absences and presences in the manuscript tradition of Avitus of Vienne

Dr. Becca Grose Letters served a variety of functions in late-antique Gaul, from allowing friends to keep in contact, to serving legal notices, forging political and religious alliances, and negotiating the exchange of captives and relics. Even Gallic demons received messages on papyrus, although they didn’t always appreciate them: in the Life of the JuranContinue reading “Writing and collecting letters in late-antique Gaul: interpreting the absences and presences in the manuscript tradition of Avitus of Vienne”

Confession and Criminal Justice in Late Medieval Italy. Siena, ca. 1260-1330

By Lidia L. Z. Domingues Today’s post comes from previous LSMS chair Dr Lidia L. Zanetti Domingues, who discusses her monograph below. In our society, crime and criminal justice exert a particular fascination on people of all ages and classes, as is demonstrated not only by the success of detective novels, TV shows, podcasts, butContinue reading “Confession and Criminal Justice in Late Medieval Italy. Siena, ca. 1260-1330”

The Bianchi of 1399 in Central Italy: Making Devotion Local by Alexandra R. A. Lee

Today’s post comes from previous LSMS seminar speaker Dr Alexandra R. A. Lee, who discusses her monograph below. The Bianchi of 1399 was a popular religious revival that responded to a threat of plague at the end of the fourteenth century. The Bianchi are traditionally studied as a homogeneous whole, such as in Bornstein’s excellentContinue reading “The Bianchi of 1399 in Central Italy: Making Devotion Local by Alexandra R. A. Lee”

Welcome to the London Society for Medieval Studies!

Welcome to our site! Founded in 1970, the London Society for Medieval Studies, based at the Institute for Historical Research, London, has a rich history of being a supportive and inclusive environment for postgraduate and early career scholars, particularly those based in London and its immediate environs. For our seminars and events featuring our members,Continue reading “Welcome to the London Society for Medieval Studies!”