Charlotte Cartwright

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Introduction from Dr. Cartwright

Hello to everyone at Christopher Newport! As the new medieval historian on campus I’m pleased to be joining the community here. I’m currently teaching our new history courses on the Early Middle Ages (Fall 2015) and the Later Middle Ages (Spring 2016), and working on courses on the Crusades, Medieval England, and the Black Death […]

Why History Matters: The 800-Year Anniversary of the Magna Carta

At 6:30 PM on November 18th in the Gaines Theater, the Christopher Newport University Public History Center, the Department of History and the History Club present “Why History Matters: The 800-Year Anniversary of the Magna Carta”.   The following panelists will discuss the historical background, legal implications and political economy of the Magna Carta and […]

Digitized Manuscripts from the British Library

Last week the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog (which is well worth subscribing to in its own right) published a resource that will be valuable for anyone studying any period of medieval history. They have created a list of all the medieval and early modern manuscripts held at the British Library which have been digitized […]

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2017 MRST Lecture Series

Hello CNU Medievalists and Early Modernists and welcome back to campus for the start of the new academic year. This semester the MRST Minor will be presenting three lectures by CNU faculty to be given at the Trible Library. We encourage all of you to attend and to bring anyone from the campus and the community […]

Summer Trip Report: Medieval Stone Carving

When we think about medieval buildings – castles, cathedrals, etc – we tend to think of sprawling stone structures, and that is completely understandable! Typically that is how medieval buildings are photographed: from the outside, hopefully with dramatic lighting. Cathedrals tend to be particularly photogenic from the outside, and I returned from a trip to […]

2017 Longwood Undergraduate Medieval Conference Report

Christopher Newport University sent our first ever undergraduates to the 11th Annual “Meeting in the Middle” at Longwood University on April 7th & 8th of 2017. Dyllan Cecil (History & Classics, Class of 2017) and Summer Thrasher (History, Class of 2017) presented their research to a diverse group of undergraduates and faculty from universities across […]

Manuscript Workshop on Wednesday March 15th

Join Dr. Cartwright and Dr. Moran on Wednesday March 15th at 1:30 for a hands-on workshop that will give you experience reading manuscripts from Europe and the New World. Dr. Moran will discuss the books of the Americas (both before and after the Conquest) and then will lead participants through a translation and reading of […]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online

For students, particularly in Art History, there is an increasing number of resources for images online. Last month the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced that their entire collection of online images would be freely available for everyone to download and use. You can search the collection by artist, by object type, by […]

Final MRST talk of the fall semester is TODAY!

The Medieval & Renaissance Studies fall 2016 lecture series concludes this Thursday, November 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Trible Library, room 170. Dr. Jessica Apolloni (English Department) will give a talk titled “Contesting Legal Power in the Age of Shakespeare.” Early modern English authors confronted aggressive censorship policies when writing for public audiences. This […]

Second MRST Talk on Thursday

This Thursday, October 20, Dr. Charlotte Cartwright will give the second of our MRST talks this semester. Come to the Trible Library Room 170 at 4:30 to learn how to read a medieval manuscript.   As regular readers of this blog will know, over the past summer I worked with Dyllan Cecil, a History & […]

The English Heritage 1066 March Has Begun!

It is the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest of England and to celebrate the date English Heritage have organized a march by Anglo-Saxon re-enactors. In 1066 the English king Harold Godwinson faced an invasion from Scandinavia, led by Harold Hardrada and supported by King Harold’s own brother, Tostig. King Harold fought off the Scandinavians […]

Fall 2016 MRST Talks at Christopher Newport

Hello CNU Medievalists and welcome back to campus for the start of the new academic year. This semester the MRST Minor will be presenting three talks by CNU faculty to be given at the Trible Library. We encourage all of you to attend and to bring anyone from the campus and the community that is […]

Summer Scholars 2016 Comes to an End

Hello CNU Medievalists! After working through June and July, Dyllan and I have finished our work on the Summer Scholars project. By the end we had translated 50 pages of the cartulary of the nuns of Saint-Amand. The final stages involved mapping the lands of the nunnery. We began with a map of the landholdings […]