Archive Results For: High Middle Ages

Book Review-‘Schifffahrt, Hanse und Europa im Mittelalterby’ R. Paulsen

By Lars U. Schill

he Roman historian Tacitus wrote in the preface to his Annales that historians should write sine ira et studio (without anger or zeal). This maxim should be taken seriously even in the twenty-first century. This is what we teach our students in the first term at university. The author of the book under review obviously […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Maritime Wales in the Middle Ages: 1039–1542’ by K. Lloyd Gruffydd, ed. M. D. Matthews

By J.D.Davies

The circumstances surrounding the publication of this book are remarkably poignant. The life’s work of Ken Lloyd Gruffydd was centred on the maritime history of medieval Wales; he contributed many articles on the subject to Cymru a’r Môr / Maritime Wales, a journal which deserves to be much better known outside the principality, and these […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Political Economies of Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The decline of Venice and the rise of England 1450–1700’ by Benjamin W. D. Redding

By Benjamin W. D. Redding

England’s emergence as a global maritime power, and the decline of the Venetian Republic, has long been discussed as a single concurrent process. In her latest book Maria Fusaro provides the reader with an innovative and detailed understanding of English activities and general livelihood in the Venetian empire while this transfer of power was taking […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Medieval | High Middle Ages | Early Modern | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Strategy & Diplomacy

Figureheads and Symbolism Between the Medieval and the Modern: The ship Griffin or Gribshunden, one of the last Sea Serpents?

By Niklas Eriksson

The Griffin or, as it was sometimes called, Gribshunden (griffin hound) was a ship that belonged to the Danish–Norwegian King Hans. The ship sank in 1495 and was one of the largest and most modern warships of its day. In 2015 a peculiar figurehead carving was raised from the wreck. It is shaped like a beast swallowing a man […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | High Middle Ages | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

The Law and Language of Private Naval Warfare

By N. A. M. Rodger

Piracy and privateering figure very extensively in history, and in current affairs, but much of the discussion is undermined by the common failure to define the terms and understand the legal distinctions between them. Moreover it is essential to consider with care the translation of languages and legal systems. The paper attempts to clarify the […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Tactics of Sixteenth Century Galley Artillery

By Joseph Eliav

The use of artillery in Mediterranean galley warfare was often perceived as being restricted to the firing of single salvos at very short range before ramming and boarding the enemy ship enabled the main fight in close combat. The article contests the reasons contemporary literature gives for this tactic and argues that it was both […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

The Jade Dragon Wreck: Sabah, East Malaysia

By Michael Flecker

A shipwreck was recently discovered by fishermen divers just off the northernmost tip of Borneo. While it was heavily looted in the space of a couple of months, an official excavation has resulted in some important discoveries. The ship, dated to about 1300 AD, was of the South East Asian lashed-lug tradition and the ceramics […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

The Whipstaff

By John Harland

John Harland described the way in which our understanding of the working of the whipstaff has changed over the period of the publication of the Mirror, and outlined the ways in which the whipstaff was used in vessels of steadily increasing size until the value of the lever was outweighed by the method becoming impractical. […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

‘Ignorant of Nautical Matters?” The Mariner’s Mirror and the Iconography of Medieval and Sixteenth Century Ships

By Ian Friel

This article focuses on the period Ad400-1600 to indicate how ship representations from this period have always been important sources for research, alongside documentary and archeological evidence. The Mariner’s Mirror has reproduced a number over the years, and they remain an important source for research. Ship graffiti is also mentioned as a research tool, highlighted […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Digs and Documents: Gaps in our Knowledge of Medieval Shipping

By Susan Rose

The article traces the contributions in The Mariner’s Mirror to our understanding of medieval ship building, using visual and documentary evidence. The Grace Dieu is cited as an example of how the study of such ships has developed since 1911. The Newport Ship was an example of a contrasting method, where the ship was dismantled, scanned […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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