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Talk: A Medieval Christmas

A Medieval Christmas: The Christmas Season in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight What was Christmas like in medieval times? The finest Middle English romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight provides fresh insights into the Christmas traditions and customs of former times. Ad Putter, co-editor of the Penguin edition, will introduce the poem and explore the Yuletide setting, with readings from the original poem. Ad Putter is Professor of Medieval English, Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bristol, and Fellow of the British Academy. With Myra Stokes, he is the editor of The Works of the Gawain Poet (Penguin 2014). ​This talk will be in person. There is the option to join online, please see here for an online ticket: www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-dnvelz…...

Ideas on Tap: Gender, Power, and Magic in Medieval Europe

While the popular imagination connects witchcraft with women, learned magic was considered unsuitable for women in medieval Europe. Join UCLA scholar Kersti Francis for a look at magical women in medieval literature—and at magic's power to delineate and disrupt gender roles.

Medieval Monsters, and the Problem of Evil – Dr Stephen Asma /Zoom

In this illustrated lecture Dr. Asma will examine the major kinds of medieval monsters that were feared but also “cavorted with” during the Middle Ages. Some natural monsters of the ancient period continued in the medieval, but also many demons and theological monsters emerged with unprecedented terror.

Basilisks & Beowulf: Monsters in the Anglo-Saxon World (2021)

Drawing on literature and art, theology, and a wealth of firsthand evidence, Basilisks and Beowulf reveals a people huddled at the edge of the known map, using the fantastic and the grotesque as a way of understanding the world around them and their place within it.

Two Sagas of Mythical Heroes: Hervor & Heidrek & Hrólf Kraki & His Champions (2021)

Passed down orally in pre-Christian Norse times, transmitted in writing in medieval Iceland, and here wielded by the hand of Jackson Crawford, the tales told in this volume retain their sharp edges and flashes of glory that never fail to slay.  

Ideas on Tap: Medieval Magic—Then and Now

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served virtually on Zoom and Facebook. What comes out of witch bottles? Where does Hallowe’en candy come from? Is that unicorn horn real? Join University of Oregon folklorist Martha Bayless and explore the surprising history of medieval magic, along with some examples that are still with us today.

Vlad III Dracula: The Life & Times of the Historical Dracula (2021)

This book studies the life and times of Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, providing the reader with a better understanding of the personality of this enigmatic figure of medieval history, as well as the times in which he lived.

The Mabinogi & Other Medieval Welsh Tales (2019)

The four stories that make up the Mabinogi, along with three additional tales from the same tradition, form this collection and compose the core of the ancient Welsh mythological cycle.

Tales of Norse Mythology (2017)

Scandinavians of the Viking Age explored the mysteries of life through their sagas. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, these legends tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, strength, loyalty, and betrayal.

The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition (2016)

Not relegating the werewolf just to a secular and skeptical study, nor simply to spiritual banter, this work compresses an enormous span of historical material; a work which is no doubt of value to the academic and those involved with the occult at the same time.

Vampires, Burial, & Death: Folklore & Reality (2010)

In this engrossing book, Paul Barber surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers the first scientific explanation for the origins of the vampire legends. 

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