Medieval Warfare, Wounds, and Disease, for the General Audience

Medieval Warfare, Wounds, and Disease, for the General AudienceA conference that looks like great fun:

Dancing with Death: Warfare, Wounds and Disease in the Middle Ages.

It is being held October 20th to 22nd at the California University of Pennsylvania, located 35 miles south northeast of Pittsburgh, is free, and is not only open to the public but aimed at a general audience, and includes horses and fencing demonstrations.

The description I got reads:

Highlights of this series of events include two talks by Cambridge University professor, paleopathologist, and practicing surgeon Piers Mitchell; an overview of medieval military history by the foremost historian of crusade military history, John France (University of Wales-Swansea); a debate over the effectiveness of the medieval longbow by medieval military historians Kelly DeVries (Loyola University-Maryland) and Clifford R. Rogers (US Military Academy, West Point); a talk on trauma to casualties after the battle of Towton (1461) in England, by Anthea Boylston (University of Leeds); a talk on palaeopathology in Asia by Christine Lee (Beijing University), who has just been named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer; and a discussion of violence and trauma in literature by Anthony Adams (Brown University).

In addition, there will be displays of Friesian horses (the closest living representative of the medieval warhorse); demonstrations of historically accurate fencing and combat by John Lennox and Steve Huff, internationally renowned experts in the field whose work has been seen in film and on stage; a book signing; and receptions in which the public can meet and talk to the speakers.

The final event is a performance of the first part of “Beowulf” by internationally-acclaimed early music specialist Benjamin Bagby. Mr. Bagby, who was a co-founder of the early music group Sequentia, will also offer a workshop in “Beowulf.”

All events are free, open to the public, and intended for general audiences.

For more information, contact the organizer, Paul Crawford, at crawford [underline]p[at sign]calu[period]edu. He is the editor and translator of The Templar of Tyre: Part III of the ‘Deeds of the Cypriots’ (Crusade Texts in Translation) as well as an assistant professor of ancient and medieval history at the university.

Source: First Things



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Comments 2

  1. Christine Kindl says:

    California University of Pennsylvania is located about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh (don’t head northeast!). It’s easy to reach, and the campus is just a few blocks from the Route 43 tollroad. For directions and maps, visit, and click on “About Us.”

  2. Archivist says:

    Thanks for the correct directions. I hope the conference is going well.