The Wheel of Fortune motif originated in Greco-Roman antiquity, probably from the blend of two goddesses: Fors and Fortuna. This combination gave rise to Fors (Fortuna), the goddess who represented fortuity, fate and luck. Christianized in the Middle Ages, the Wheel of Fortune stands for both the Wheel of Life and the Wheel of Chance, it symbolizes the continuous changes, both positive and negative, that the medieval man was subjected to.
Having had the ISSN (2014-7430) registered at the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), the Wheel of Fortune is an academic journal that aims to publish, in electronic form, texts concerning the Middle Ages with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies that combine History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Law, Arts, Literature, Philology, etc.
By providing a half-yearly publication, we intend to encourage the development of academic papers regarding the Medieval world, thus contributing to dissemination of such researches within the virtual environment.
This journal publishes two issues per year, and the articles are reviewed by peer-reviewers of the Editorial Board and by invited peer-reviewers (ad hoc) each semester. The review is double blind. In case of a positive review and a negative review, the text will be sent to a third peer.
According to the principle that scientific knowledge freely available to the public supports a greater democratization of knowledge, we have decided to provide immediate open access to the journal's content.
Fields of publication:
- Culture, Memory and Narratives in the Middle Ages
- Power and Social Relations in the Middle Ages
Regno, Regnavi, Sum sine regno, Regnabo
("I reign, I reigned, My reign is finished, I shall reign")
Italian miniature inscription (14th century)