Medieval Resources

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Call for Chapter Contributors: Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean

Contributors are sought for an edited collection, under contract with publishers Taylor and Francis, that illuminates the many worlds of the Medieval Mediterranean, from 470 to 1350, as a space both geographically unified between East and West around a single body of water, and simultaneously a region of great cultural, political, economic, religious, and linguistic diversity.

Discussion about borderlands in the Mediterranean.

Fellow H-Borderlands members,

Those of you interested in borderlands of the Mediterranean may enjoy reading a couple of new papers. 

Recently the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the ancestor to the modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about Mediterranean Medieval material culture.

Dear H-Material-Culture members,

Those of you interested in Medieval material culture in the Mediterranean may wish to read a couple of new papers. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about the demography of the Mediterranean islands during the Medieval.

Fellow H-Demog members,

Those of you interested in the demographics of the Mediterranean during the Medieval may wish to start a discussion.

Recently the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the ancestor to the modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about Medieval slavery.

Dear H-Slavery members,

Those of you interested in Medieval slavery may be intrigued by two new papers concerning the Mediterranean in the 15th century. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to Portuguese and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about death in the Medieval.

Dear H-Death members,

Those of you interested in illness, death and grieving in the Mediterranean during the Medieval may be interested in two new papers.

Recently the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about the Medieval Mediterranean diet.

Dear H-Food-Studies members,

Those of you interested in Medieval foods and diet may be intrigued by two new papers concerning the Mediterranean in the 15th century. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to the modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about Mediterranean anthropology.

Dear H-SAE members,

Those of you interested in anthropology of the Mediterranean during the Medieval may wish to start a discussion.

Recently the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the ancestor to the modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussion about the geographical history of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Dear H-HistGeog members,

Those of you interested in the geographical history of the Mediterranean may be enjoy reading a couple of new papers. 

Recently the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Re: Medieval Nutrition and Diet

+1 to what Andrew wrote--and definitely thanks for highlighting these texts! An important aspect of the cultural context here is textual tradition. If an well-known authority (medical or religious) had written that a particular food or drug was a useful cure, that becomes "truth." Even such substances were/are not particularly efficacious from a physiological standpoint, it was easier to come up with a reason why it didn't work in a particular instance rather than to decide the long-standing belief was false or the authority was wrong.

Discussion about Medieval medical anthropology.

Dear H-MedAnthro members,

Those of you interested in Medieval medical anthropology may be intrigued by two new papers concerning the Mediterranean in the 15th century. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Re: Medieval Nutrition and Diet

Thanks for sharing, Gerard! To your question, I would hesitate to define efficacy in terms of modern ideas about healthful diets. While it is surely true that correcting some dietary deficiency would likely have been perceived as efficacious, understanding of what "works" is heavily influenced by social and cultural context and, perhaps not surprisingly, is also deeply personal or individualized (i.e., what works for *me* may not be what works for someone else).

Medieval Nutrition and Diet

Dear H-Nutrition members,

Those of you interested in Medieval nutrition and diet may be intrigued by two new papers concerning the Mediterranean in the 15th century. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Discussão sobre o proto-Romance.

Caros membros da H-Portugal,
Aqueles de vocês interessados ​​na história do Mediterrâneo Medieval gostariam de iniciar uma discussão sobre os aspectos lingüísticos do comércio e da comunicação na região.

Foi recentemente revelado que o sistema de escrita de um manuscrito Medieval era proto-Românico: isto é, o ancestral do Português e de outras línguas Românicas modernas. Além disso, é escrito com um alfabeto proto-Itálico. É o único documento conhecido deste tipo e, portanto, tem significância lingüística e histórica considerável.

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