Medieval World: Culture & Conflict
A new magazine about the Middle Ages – Medieval World: Culture & Conflict – launched in May 2022. Published by Karwansaray Publishers, this project features the rich history and material culture of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived geographically and temporally. The magazine is published every two months in full color, both in print and online. It is distributed worldwide.
The articles are written by leading scholars and early career researchers in various fields of study. Each issue centers on a theme that provides detailed coverage of a particular topic from historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary standpoints, among others, as well as special articles on issues of daily life, legends, key figures, events, and monuments from the Middle Ages.
In addition to the excellent written content, the articles are illustrated with images of sites and objects from collections around the world, as well as original maps, drawings, and paintings. Accessibly written and splendidly illustrated, this publication highlights the value of textual and visual records in reconstructing the multifaceted historical and cultural dimensions of the Middle Ages.
In response to current events, the second issue of the magazine focuses on the history, art, and culture of Kyivan Rus. It includes a historical overview of the region, and covers important figures and buildings, like Yaroslav the Wise and his famed cathedral of St. Sophia, the Kyivan Caves Monastery, the coins and writing of early Rus, military saints, and the interactions with the Mongols.
The theme-related articles are:
- Christian Raffensperger, “The Medieval Kingdom of Kyivan Rus: Expansive and Well-Connected,” 14-22.
- Mike Markowitz, “The Coinage of Kyivan Rus: Byzantine Models and Local Adaptations,” 23.
- Adrian Jusupović, “Bookmen, Scribes, and Literates: Writing in Rus between 1000-1400,” 24-27.
- Donald Ostrowski, “The Mongol Campaigns in Rus in 1252: Searching for the Kniaginia,” 28-35.
- Özlem Eren, “A Cathedral and Its Patron: Yaroslav the Wise and Saint Sophia in Kyiv,” 36-39.
- Charles J. Halperin, “Kyivan Rus and the Mongols: Hostility and Accommodation,” 40-43.
- Monica White, “Protective Warriors: Military Saints from Byzantium to Rus,” 44-47.
You can find more details about this new publication here. If you would like to contribute an article or a news piece, or suggest themes for future issues, please be in touch. Each author who contributes receives an honorarium for their time, effort, and expertise.
Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD
Editor, Medieval World: Culture & Conflict