Charlotte Cartwright

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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 […]

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 […]

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Second update from the Summer Scholars translation project

Hello and happy fourth of July! Our Summer Scholars program is halfway done, and Dyllan and I have completed four weeks of work. We have learned a lot more about this cartulary. Originally the text began with a set of folios that had a copy of the abbey’s foundation pancarte (more on that below). In […]

The Summer Scholars Program is Underway at CNU

Hello to the CNU Medievalists and Early Modernists from Dr Cartwright! This is the first of what will be several updates on the status of a medieval research project taking place at CNU as part of the Summer Scholars Program. For those who don’t know, this is the second year of the CNU Summer Scholars […]

Medievalist Perspective on Game of Thrones (plus bonus nerdy links)

Happy May the Fourth! Game of Thrones has returned, and as we know that many CNU students are fans, we’d like to draw your attention to some of the connections between the show, the books, and actual medieval history. At the University of Minnesota they have published a round table with some very prominent medieval […]

Military Through the Ages at Jamestown Settlement

Every year the Jamestown Settlement hosts an event called Military Through the Ages, and re-enactor groups come together to display military camps, technologies and battle formations from the Roman period to the modern day. Several members of the History Department attended the 2016 event in support of our colleague John Hyland, who was a judge […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]