“Past Perfect!” - Five Years of Interviews with CEU Medieval Radio
Edited by Christopher Mielke, Stephen Pow, and Tamás Kiss
DOI number: 10.22618/TP.HAA.20205
Volume 5 (April 2020)
Paperback, pp. 306
In 2012, CEU Medieval Radio was launched as an effort not only to bring medieval music to everyone but also to make complex, high-quality scholarship more approachable to the general public. Over seventy interviews were recorded for CEU Medieval Radio's program "Past Perfect!" with the intent of bridging the gap between "ivory tower" academia and the listeners at home. In this volume, sixteen first-rate scholars kindly sat down before the microphone and got the chance to explain their work in a friendly and accessible way. Scholars like Natalie Zemon-Davis and Patrick Geary represent some of the international guests, János Bak and József Laszlovszky discuss amazing new research from Central European University, while Richard Unger and Benedek Láng are part of the CEU Medieval Radio team's personal favorites, talking about topics such as beer, queens, and code-breaking. From Apocalypses to Zooarchaeology, CEU Medieval Radio's long time host, Christopher Mielke, asks the tough questions that have made this program so memorable!
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CHAPTER 1. How it all began. Harmonia with Angela Mariani Interviews CEU Medieval Radio
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS AND HONORED GUESTS
CHAPTER 2. The Return of Natalie Zemon Davis: From Microhistory to Intercontinental Connections
CHAPTER 3. Stealing the Limelight: Theft of Saintly Relics and Mythbreaking with Patrick Geary
CHAPTER 4. Take Me Back to Constantinople: Averil Cameron Talks Byzantine Complexities and Complexes
CHAPTER 5. Popular Culture and Cultural Hybridity: A Cultural Experience with Peter Burke
CHAPTER 6. The End is Near: Talking Medieval Mindsets and Eschatology with Felicitas Schmieder
HERE AT HOME: CEU MEDIEVAL STUDIES FACULTY MEMBERS
CHAPTER 7. Monks, Crusaders, and Fishponds: Digging up the Past with József Laszlovszky
CHAPTER 8. Royal Power, Insignia, and Authority: János Bak Lays Down the Law
CHAPTER 9. Life in a Medieval Urban Landscape: Taking a City Tour with Katalin Szende
CHAPTER 10. Royal Saints, Witch Hunting, and Divine Visions: Gábor Klaniczay Discusses All That’s Holy
CHAPTER 11. Pagans, Heretics, and Schismatics, Oh My! Volker Menze Talks Late Antique Society
THE EDITORS' PICKS: PERSONAL FAVORITES AND MEMORABLE INTERVIEWS
CHAPTER 12. Richard W. Unger Talks Ships, Beer, and Shop for Today’s Historians
CHAPTER 13. Hungarian Rhapsodies: Orsolya Réthelyi Discusses Queens and Music in the Middle Ages
CHAPTER 14. Trade and Migration Routes: Navigating the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean with Georg Christ
CHAPTER 15. Medieval Magic and Cryptology: Benedek Láng Shares Some Dark Secrets
CHRISTOPHER MIELKE he was awarded in 2017 a PhD in Medieval Studies from Central European University receiving a “magna cum laude” for his dissertation “Every hyacinth the garden wears: the archaeology of medieval queens of Hungary, 1000-1395.” This was an archaeological study of the material culture and space of Hungarian queens of the Árpádian and Angevin dynasties. From 2012 to 2017, he was the host, organizer, and lead correspondent for CEU Medieval Radio (www.medievalradio.org), having interviewed over 70 guests for the biweekly program “Past Perfect!”. Most recently, he has led the charge for updating exhibits at the Beverly Heritage Center, including a reconstructed floorplan of the original 1808 Randolph County Courthouse, and including information about the Underground Railroad in the Exhibit about the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. He is also part of negotiating the opening of Beverly’s first public library.
STEPHEN POW has recently completed his Ph.D. at Central European University with the dissertation, "Conquest and Withdrawal: The Mongol Invasions of Europe in the Thirteenth Century." This study involved an interdisciplinary revisiting of the historical problem of the Mongol evacuation of Hungary in 1242 after a swift occupation. He has volunteered as a member of the team at CEU Medieval Radio for over half a decade - activities which culminated in the publication of the present volume. His publications include research on environmental history, ethnogenesis, military history, and the literary-historical origins of Arthurian knights like Sir Lancelot. In addition, he has taken part in several co-authored translation projects.
TAMÁS KISS is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire, software and web developer, as well as a digital humanist with a research focus on natural language processing models optimized to Ottoman Turkish. He founded CEU Medieval Radio in 2012, and completed his doctoral dissertation on the Cyprus War of 1570-71 and its Venetian and Ottoman political and cultural historical contexts at Central European University in 2016. He taught Digital Humanities (DH), early modern historical and literary courses at Queen Mary University of London (2004-2008) and Central European University (2011-18). Currently, he works as an IT project manager in charge of DH, language technological and repository projects. At the same time, he continues academic research as a member of Eötvös Loránd University's Centre for Digital Humanities (ELTE_DH).
The figure of a knight on horseback is the emblem of medieval chivalry. Much has been written on the ideology and practicalities of knighthood as portrayed in medieval romance, especially Arthurian romance, and it is surprising that so little attention was hitherto granted to the knight’s closest companion, the horse. This study examines the horse as a social indicator, as the knight’s animal alter ego in his spiritual peregrinations and earthly adventures, the ups and downs of chivalric adventure, as well as the relations between the lady and her palfrey in romance. Both medieval authors and their audiences knew more about the symbolism and practice of horsemanship than most readers do today. By providing the background to the descriptions of horses and horsemanship in Arthurian romance, this study deepens the readers’ appreciation of these texts. At the same time, critical reading of romance supplies information about the ideology and daily practice of horsemanship in the Middle Ages that is otherwise impossible to obtain from other sources, be it archaeology, chronicles or administrative documentation.
Edited by Christopher Mielke and Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky
ISBN 978-615-81222-2-1 (print)
ISBN 978-615-81222-3-8 (online)
Vol. 2, pp. 223
Published: March, 2019
You can read this book in open access
This volume is a collection of essays focusing on marginalized women mostly in Central and Eastern Europe from around 1350 to 1650. “Other” women are discussed in three different categories: women whose religious practices put them on the social margins, “common women” who are in society but not of society because they are in the sex trade, and women whose occupations were reason enough to shunt them. In order to fill a gap in gender history for countries east of the Rhine River, the studies included present how official city-funded brothels in medieval Austria worked, how a princess’ disability affected her life as Byzantine empress, how one unmarried Transylvanian woman who got pregnant dealt with being the center of a court case, and how enslaved women in medieval Hungary were treated as sexual property. The hope with this volume is that it will show the many interdisciplinary ways that women on the margins can be studied in this region, and to diminish the taboo of discussing this topic to begin with.
Edited by Judit Majorossy, Katalin Szende, Suzana Miljan, Teodora C. Artimon
Volume 4 (November 2019)
Paperback, pp. 343
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This volume offers a cross-section of English-language articles published by the Austrian medievalist Gerhard Jaritz in the last 35 years. The eighteen articles comprise a refreshing variety of topics and approaches to medieval humans, animals, and things, organized in five thematic units: Mentality, Human Behaviour, Emotions; Social Order; Minorities and Marginal Groups; Animals and Other Creatures; and Objects. All these reflect his engagement with the issues of everyday life at its broadest and best. The reader of these articles, irrespective of knowing Prof. Jaritz from before or not, feels personally invited into the workshop of a meticulously creative mind, a profoundly professional historian who at the same time is also always ready to transgress traditional boundaries and conventions.