The ‘Tegernsee Debate’ and the Theological Reform Movement of the 15th Century

By Prof. Dr. Christian Schäfer, University of Bamberg. In the mid-15th century, the writings of Nicholas of Cusa elicited a controversy on the purpose and efficacy of intellectual powers for the knowledge of God, the so-called ‘Tegernsee debate’. But he and his followers not only participated in this dispute about the intellect and its role in the mystical ascent, they also drew conclusions from it to strengthen their reform movement.

Teaching (in) the Middle Ages: Arts – Rituals – Education: Recap of the first international NetMAR Summer School

By Michaela Pölzl from ZeMas, University of Bamberg (UNI BA). International NetMAR Summer School: NetMAR is excited to share with its blog readers a recap of its very successful summer school on “Teaching (in) the Middle Ages: Arts – Rituals – Education” that was held at the University of Bamberg in July 2022.

Research Communication and Communication Networks in Medieval Studies

By Viviane Diederich M.A., University of Bamberg. Research communication plays an increasingly important role in contemporary societies. Young researchers are expected to start from an early stage to present their research to different types of audiences. It is, therefore, very important to test their communication skills and build their confidence through different channels such as those offered by NetMAR. This blog post explores various levels of research communication and substantiates its findings with examples from the field of Medieval Studies.

Welcome Nibelungs! The Burgundians’ Arrival in Etzel’s Kingdom in the Codex Hundeshagen

By Dr. Nadine Hufnagel, University of Bamberg
Most of the illustrations in the only fully illustrated manuscript of the Nibelungenlied (Codex Hundeshagen) do not show action scenes. Instead, they depict primarily situations of courtly ritual, especially scenes of reception and farewell. Nadine Hufnagel of the University of Bamberg explores how text and image work together to foreshadow the further development of the story, when the Burgundians arrive at Etzel’s court.

Regrowing Maimed Spires as an Act of Rebuilding Collectivity

By Michalis Olympios, University of Cyprus.
When did French sensitivity to the significance of medieval architectural patrimony emerge? How does Gothic architecture becomes a timeless symbol of national unity? The historian of Western medieval art Michalis Olympios of the Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals at the University of Cyprus discusses how the restoration of maimed spires functions as an act of rebuilding collectivity. 

A ‘Byzantine’ Map in Context: ‘Since You can See the Earth as a Whole, you Should Believe you are in the Sky’

By Dr Chiara D’Agostini, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark.
NetMAR examines medieval arts together with rituals with the intention of addressing their intersections. Does this approach also apply to the investigation of scientific subjects? Would NetMAR’s holistic approach fit to the subject of geography? By taking as a case study the reception of Ptolemy’s Geography in 13th-century Byzantium, this blog post will try to answer this question.

Exploring Identity’s Third Space; or What Happens When a Medieval Hero Wears a Disguise in European Bridal-Quest Epics

By Janina Dillig, University of Bamberg
Storytelling often resorts to narrative patterns. This is especially true for narratives with an oral tradition, which we encounter frequently in medieval literature. Usually, the use of narrative patterns in medieval literature is understood as a byproduct of the process of memorization, but narrative patterns may also be understood as elements of ritualization in the art of storytelling.

Representing Kingship (and Queenship): On the Role of the Visual for the Understanding of Medieval Rituals

Βy Dr Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.
What lies behind coronation rituals? Why are they important? What do they hide and what do they reveal? Dr Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto of Universidade de Santiago de Compostela goes behind the scenes to investigate the role of the visual in understanding medieval (and modern) coronation rituals.