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Medieval Food and Feasting, and the emperor Charlemagne

Tehmina has now written two books, aimed at young adults (but very readable by any age really!). Her first is entitled “Medieval Feasts and Banquets: Food, Drink, and Celebration in the Middle Ages” which gives a great introduction to the subject, and blows away quite a few myths (bones being chucked over shoulders onto sawdust for the dogs for one!).

Her second is entitled “Charlemagne: The Life and Times of an Early Medieval Emperor” which gives a concise and enjoyable introduction to the infamous Holy Roman Emperor known as ‘Charles the Great’. He is an important historical character who led a complex life, and many books written about him are heavy-going – Tehm’s book is the most lucid introduction to his life that I have come across (and superbly written). Read more about Charlemagne at Wikipedia.

Both books are published by the Rosen Publishing Group and are available to buy at Amazon.

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History Medieval

What’s on the banner?

Many people have been asking about the various things represented on our website banner above. Here is a brief description. On the far left, a disc brooch called the ‘Castellani Brooch’ from the Department of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum.

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History Medieval

Medieval Italy II

Medieval Italy II is the second conference devoted to all aspects of the study of Medieval Italy, by historians, art historians and archaeologists alike.  This year we will be travelling to the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland for the conference which takes place on 10 – 11 June 2005.  The theme is ‘travel and movement’ and Patricia Skinner will be delivering a paper entitled ‘Byzantine bronze doors, international diplomacy and local politics in medieval Amalfi’.

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History Medieval

Research trip to Amalfi

Biblioteca Comunale, AmalfiIn March 2005, we made our first joint research trip to Italy. Tehmina was already in Italy as the Tim Potter Memorial Awardee at the British School at Rome. Patricia Skinner also spent 3 weeks at the BSR to continue library-based documentary research on the Amalfitan mercantile diaspora.

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Curators History Material Culture Medieval

The medieval ‘southern Italian’ collections of the British Museum

Where did they come from? The medieval ‘southern Italian’ collections of the British Museum

Disk brooch, Canosa di PugliaOn 15 February 2005, I delivered a short paper to the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC) at the Swedish Institute of Rome. The paper was largely based on my research at the British Museum where I was examining artefacts with a southern Italian provenance. My aim is to test and demonstrate methods with which museum objects can be interrogated as historical evidence.

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History Medieval

Tim Potter Memorial Award

In March 2004, the British School at Rome (BSR) awarded me the Tim Potter Memorial Award. The award is aimed at scholars who have not previously had much opportunity to visit Italy to stay at the school and undertake research on Italian material culture and archaeology. The award includes full board and accomodation at the BSR, plus £500 travel allowance and £150 per month stipend. I will take up the award between February and March 2005.

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History Medieval

Leverhulme awards £65,000

Gold belt end, 6th-7th c., the British MuseumIn July 2005, the Leverhulme Trust awarded Dr Patricia Skinner and Tehmina Bhote a Research Project Grant of just over £65,000.  This is for their three-year project entitled ‘Medieval Cultures in Contact: Merchants, Objects and Cultural Exchange in Southern Italy’.