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WE BRING HISTORY ALIVE
History is often interpreted as something that happened a long time ago: a stagnant, unmoving moment in time that has little to no impact on our busy modern lives. Yet historians, archaeologists, and scholars are making new discoveries about the past every day, and our shared past serves as the theme for countless movies, novels, and games. History is a living, breathing entity that is constantly changing, moving, and happening all around us. Medievalists.net offers readers the chance to learn and experience what is new in history by providing comprehensive coverage of news, books, articles, games, movies, pop culture and more.
Medievalists.net‘s founders Sandra Alvarez and Peter Konieczny met each other while in the University of Toronto’s Medieval Studies program and became fast friends. After graduation, Peter continued onto get his master’s, while Sandra went on to college and the workforce. In the summer of 2008, the idea for Medievalists.net came to life. Dissatisﬁed with stagnant sites that sat untouched for months, Peter and Sandra wanted something that was vibrant, that changed every day, and that engaged people with the past. They decided to start a site where they could blog about history, and post articles, news, book reviews and movies. They wanted to share their love of history and show people why history matters.
Medievalists.net‘s first post was uploaded on September 16, 2008. The rest, as they say, is history.
Sandra is the co-founder and editor of Medievalists.net, and The Medieval Magazine. Sandra has a Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Medieval Studies, and a diploma in Human Resources from George Brown College. She is a content writer for a digital marketing agency and lives in London, England with her Jack Russell Terrier, Buffy. When she’s not doing something medieval, she can be found with her nose in a book, drinking coffee, attempting to learn 3 languages, and planning her next adventure. You can follow her on Twitter @mediaevalgirl or check out her blog Mediaevalgirl.com.
Also known as The Five-Minute Medievalist, Danièle studied Cultural Studies and English at Trent University, earning her MA at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in medieval literature and Renaissance drama. Currently, she teaches a course on medievalism through OntarioLearn, and is the author of The Five-Minute Medievalist. When she is not reading or writing, Danièle can be found drinking tea, practicing archery, or sometimes building a backyard trebuchet. You can follow her on Twitter @5MinMedievalist or visit her website, danielecybulskie.com.
Along with being a co-founder and contributor at Medievalists.net, Peter is the editor of Medieval Warfare Magazine, and the web admin at De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History. He has been working to spread knowledge about the Middle Ages online for over 15 years. Peter lives near Toronto, Canada, and enjoys all the books publishers send to him. When he is not reading about medieval history, you can find him trying to keep up with his son in Minecraft. Follow Peter on Twitter @medievalicious.
Danielle earned her MA in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York in England. She is passionate about “the stuff” beyond the text of primary sources, and how modern people engage with medieval culture. When she’s not visiting museums and historical sites, she’s riding horses, reading about Vikings, or making loose leaf tea in a French Press. She currently lives in southern California and manages the website CuratoryStory.com. She is a contributor to Medievalists.net and editor at The Medieval Magazine. You can follow Dani on Twitter: @MissDaniTryn.
OTHER PROJECTS FROM THE CREATORS OF MEDIEVALISTS.NET
In addition to Medievalists.net, Peter and Sandra have created websites devoted to other periods that captivate them. Follow these links for more fun and informative history sites:
Early Modern England
The American Civil War
The War of 1812
To read more about Sandra and Peter, see their Profile on In the Middleor listen to their extended interview on the Medieval Archives Podcast.
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