The Friar and the Sultan: Francis of Assisi’s Mission to EgyptBy John TolanEuropean Review, Vol. 16 (2008)Abstract: In September, 1219, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik al-Kâmil. Although we in fact know very little about this event, writers from the 13th century to the 20th have portrayed Francis alternatively as a new apostle preaching to the infidels, a scholastic theologian proving the truth of Christianity, a champion of the crusading ideal, a naive and quixotic wanderer, a crazed religious fanatic, or a medieval Gandhi preaching peace, love and understanding.
The Cult of ‘Maria Regina’ in Early Medieval RomeBy John OsbornePaper given at the Norwegian Institute in Rome (2004)Introduction: Few cities in the Christian world can boast such a deep connection to the cult of Mary as can the city of Rome, and none can claim a longer history of depicting her in art, stretching back in time at least to the early years of the third century in the catacomb of Priscilla on the via Salaria.
Conception Through Infancy in Medieval English Historical and Folklore SourcesBy Barbara HanawaltFolklore Forum, Vol. 13:2 (1980)Synopsis: Uses coroners rolls, a remarkably rich source on childrearing and children because they record the childhood accidents, the location of the parents and their activities at the time, and the presence of witnesses, and popular literary sources, including saints’ lives, for information on medieval childhood.
The University of Leicester has acquired a 19th century painting of King Richard III on horseback outside the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester. It will go on public display later this month.The painting by John Fulleylove depicts King Richard astride a white horse resplendent with his coat of arms, arm held aloft wielding his sword.
Kames CastleIsle of Bute, ScotlandAsking Price: £995,000This 14th-century Scottish keep is surrounded by an 18th-century estate with homes and gardens. Located the on the Isle of Bute, the current owners are renting out five of its cottages for tourists.Kames Castle dates from the 14th Century at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland.
The Fatimid and Kalbite Governors in Sicily : 909-1044Takayama, HiroshiThe Mediterranean Studies Group Hitotsubashi University, Volume 13 March (1992)AbstractAghlabid rule of Sicily came to an end in 909 when the Aghlabid dynasty in Tunisia was replaced by the Fatimids (909-1171), and thus the history of Islamic Sicily entered the second phase.