Category: Essays

The court chapel’s position in Early Modern Europe: a methodological approach

By Manos Vakondios The “court chapel across religious boundaries” is my PhD project, part of the wider MSCA project PALAMUSTO (Palace Museum of Tomorrow)[1]. Together with nine other PhD theses, palatial spaces, concepts, and infrastructures are addressed and explored by colleagues in universities and… Continue Reading “The court chapel’s position in Early Modern Europe: a methodological approach”

Desire between Men in the Byzantine Imperial Court: Some Evidence from Symeon the Logothete, Letter-Writer and Historiographer

By Mark Masterson All translations are the author’s own. The Byzantine Empire’s glorious Macedonian dynasty, beginning in 867 and ending in 1056 saw the empire experience both territorial expansion and an efflorescence in learning. The culture of men in the upper reaches of this… Continue Reading “Desire between Men in the Byzantine Imperial Court: Some Evidence from Symeon the Logothete, Letter-Writer and Historiographer”

An ‘alt-ac’ career within the academy: working on Oxford’s National Trust Partnership

By Hanna Smyth Since finishing my PhD in Global & Imperial History in 2019, I’ve spent most of the last three years working on the Heritage Partnerships Team at the University of Oxford, specifically as the Support Officer for its National Trust Partnership. This… Continue Reading “An ‘alt-ac’ career within the academy: working on Oxford’s National Trust Partnership”

The Cat in the Cradle: Conspiracy Theories and Credible News, 1688 – and Now

By Laura Doak On 10 June 1688 a new Prince of Wales was born at St. James’s Palace, London, and whispers swept across Europe. Some claimed that the baby, born to King James VII & II and his queen, Mary of Modena, was a… Continue Reading “The Cat in the Cradle: Conspiracy Theories and Credible News, 1688 – and Now”

Researching (from) a Ducal Residence: the Tower Apartment of Mary of Hamal at the Castle of Heverlee

By Miara Fraikin In March 2020 – not the best timing to be honest – I started my PhD research within the Horizon 2020 funded European Training Network PALAMUSTO (Palace Museum of Tomorrow). Uniting ten researchers from nine hosting institutions in five European countries,… Continue Reading “Researching (from) a Ducal Residence: the Tower Apartment of Mary of Hamal at the Castle of Heverlee”

Portraits of Female Power in Argentina: Encarnación Ezcurra and Eva Perón

By Rachel Morgan The last three decades of the twentieth century have witnessed a boom in writings on Latin American women to the left of the political spectrum. When considering the topic of leftist Argentine women in power, the image of Eva Perón is… Continue Reading “Portraits of Female Power in Argentina: Encarnación Ezcurra and Eva Perón”

Replacing Ireland’s Lost Records: Doing Public History with the Beyond 2022 Project

By Elizabeth Biggs One hundred years ago, in the spring and early summer of 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland in the Four Courts complex in Dublin was occupied by anti-Treaty forces, with Rory O’Connor as one of their leaders. They were opposed… Continue Reading “Replacing Ireland’s Lost Records: Doing Public History with the Beyond 2022 Project”

Narratology for Historical Research: Medieval Texts and Crusader Cannibals

By Katy Mortimer Historians use various methodologies to investigate the past. A particularly prominent feature of recent historiography, for example, is the exploration of social and cultural history, such as questions of gender, religion, power, and material culture. From the mid-twentieth century, moreover, the… Continue Reading “Narratology for Historical Research: Medieval Texts and Crusader Cannibals”

Reaching out to Re-enactors and Vice-Versa

By Jeff Berry In 2010, I was at conference organised by the Columbia University Medieval Guild (now the Medieval Colloquium) when one of the invited speakers threw up a slide of the Ft. Tryon Medieval Festival, held annually in pre-covid times at the top end of… Continue Reading “Reaching out to Re-enactors and Vice-Versa”

Blurring the lines of the two kingdoms: kirk and council in Scotland, 1689-1708

By Robbie Tree As the British Cabinet continues to run rough shod over its responsibilities, we hear grumblings over the effectiveness of our leaders and the legitimacy of central government intervention into the daily lives of the populace. These issues were relevant to early… Continue Reading “Blurring the lines of the two kingdoms: kirk and council in Scotland, 1689-1708”