I’m very pleased to announce that the short documentary which I made as part of the PIMIC training network can now be seen online! It’s a short biography of Abbess Mathilda of Quedlinburg, a remarkable woman who successfully managed both a political and religious career in the tenth century. Check out the video at the link … More Born to Rule documentary now available online!
On July 2nd, 1936, an impressive ceremony was held in a small city in Saxony. Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the SS, led a procession of Nazi officials through the streets, past ranks of SS troopers and Hitler Youth, winding their way up to the tenth-century monastery that sat on a hill in the middle of … More Nazis in the nunnery*
Who is she? Mathilda was the wife of King Henry I, the first Ottonian king of the East Frankish empire. Renowned for her piety (helped by the fact that the two most detailed sources for her life are her Lives, hagiographical works designed to prove her sanctity), Mathilda was the mother of Otto I and Henry … More Spotlight on: Queen Mathilda of Saxony
I know it’s been quiet on the blog front lately, and part of the reason for that is the subject of today’s post. I’m very fortunate to be part of a research group on Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (or PIMIC for short). A number of other researchers like me are spread … More Making a historical documentary or: how I learned to stop worrying about footnotes