Meet our Volume 9 Authors: Solveig Marie Wang

Welcome to the first post in a new blog series that introduces the readers of Ceræ to the authors of each issue. First up in this series of posts is Solveig Marie Wang. Wang is an Early Career Researcher of medieval Fennoscandia, and is currently working on the DFG-funded project "Mission Before Colonisation: A Reassessment … Continue reading Meet our Volume 9 Authors: Solveig Marie Wang

We’re a Booktopia Affiliate!

Ceræ is excited to announce that we have recently joined Booktopia's affiliate program as part of our ongoing efforts to help mitigate the (ever-rising) administrative costs of digital publishing. By partnering with Booktopia, we hope to help ensure the continued success of our publication while also offering our readers an easy and convenient way to access … Continue reading We’re a Booktopia Affiliate!

Mosaic of Mary and the Angels. Church of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

Theoderic: The ‘Barbarian’ who Preserved Classical Ideology

Guest post by David White In 476, Romulus Augustulus, the last Western Roman emperor, was removed from the imperial throne.[1] Seventeen years later, with the permission of the eastern emperor Zeno, the Ostrogothic king Theoderic with his ‘barbarian’ army took control of Italy and ostensibly ruled it as if he were an emperor himself. During … Continue reading Theoderic: The ‘Barbarian’ who Preserved Classical Ideology

What about the Finns? Investigating Finland’s absence from Swedish royal titulature

'King of Sweden, the Götar, and the Wends'.... What about the Finns? Swedish royal titulature changed over the centuries as the regions under Swedish rule shifted, yet despite centuries of rule over Finland, the Swedish royals did not include it in their titulature. Caroline Wilhelmsson of the University of Aberdeen explores this question in her … Continue reading What about the Finns? Investigating Finland’s absence from Swedish royal titulature

Conference Review: ISSEME 2021

Recently Cassandra Schilling of the Cerae General Committee attended this year's biennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England (ISSEME), 17-18; 21-22, June 2021. In this post she shares her thoughts and impressions. Recently I had the pleasure of attending and participating in the twentieth biennial conference of the International … Continue reading Conference Review: ISSEME 2021

Hanging is Travelling: Two Sides of Óðinn’s Initiatory Process

Odin (Óðinn in Old Icelandic) is a complex figure in Norse mythology. As the all-father, a god of war, magic, and wisdom, with multiple names, as well as a habit of disguising himself before both mortals and the gods, Odin's identity and aspects frequently shift. Jan A. Kozák discusses his research and observations on two … Continue reading Hanging is Travelling: Two Sides of Óðinn’s Initiatory Process

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Conference Review – Thoughts on the 2020 digital Leeds IMC and the future of meetings and conferences in the age of COVID-19

In this blog post, Victoria Shirley of the Ceræ editorial board shares her impressions of the 2020 virtual Leeds IMC The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic has upended the models of teaching students and exchanging research that we have used for decades. Large, in-person classes for most of 2020 have been changed to online classes. Mass gatherings … Continue reading Conference Review – Thoughts on the 2020 digital Leeds IMC and the future of meetings and conferences in the age of COVID-19

The Soldier of Christ in Medieval Hagiography

How did the figure of the milites - the sanctified warrior laymen of the church - grow out of medieval saints' lives? In her new article (now live on the Cerae website), Sofia Fagiolo tackles this question through the lens of two vitae – she introduces her article, and the inspiration for it, for us here… My … Continue reading The Soldier of Christ in Medieval Hagiography

Walking into mythology

How fluid is Icelandic place-lore; how do medieval narratives relate to modern folklore and local landscapes? These are just some of the questions Matthias Egeler explores in his new article (now live on the Cerae website). In this accompanying blog-post, Matthias introduces us to his interest in toponymy, in the intersections of landscapes and the … Continue reading Walking into mythology

Catastrophe, cultural memory, and the ‘dust veil’ of 536

What can Old Norse accounts of Fimbulvetr (‘Great Winter’) tell us about cultural memory of the 'dust veil' of  536 throughout Europe? In his new article (now live on the Cerae website), Andrea Maraschi explores just that; he introduces his research for us here. But more than that, writing from Italy in the midst of the … Continue reading Catastrophe, cultural memory, and the ‘dust veil’ of 536