Saturday, May 28, 2022

Medieval History

The Middle Ages covers an enormous period ranging from the Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in 313 C.E., through the early medieval period known as the Dark Ages, to Martin Luther’s launching of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Battles and tournaments, feasts and festivals are all here, making up an exciting picture of the era we know as the Middle Ages.

Belligerent French Nobility of the 11th Century

In order to survive in the harsh and violent French medieval society, many nobles who had the means and time took up knighthood professionally. Preliminary...

The Siege in Medieval Times: Besieging a Castle in the Middle Ages

Medieval warfare - the tactics, methods and weaponry used to lay siege to a castle in medieval times. The siege was a popular technique of...

The Merry Month of May: Ancient Mayday Traditions

Ancient religion was based on the cycle of nature, and in the cold northern realms, the coming of spring and its explosion of new...

History of Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and soon men, women, and children of all ages will pick out valentines to send to their...

Medieval Weapon: The Flail

It’s a flail, NOT A MACE! You will inevitably hear some ignoramus try to call a flail a mace, but the mace is actually an...

The Use of Spices in the Middle Ages: How Food was Flavoured in Medieval...

From common spices such as cinnamon, to exotic and expensive flavourings like nutmeg and saffron, there were spices to suit every purse and palate...

The Council of Clermont

Pope Urban the Second set in motion the First Crusade with his incendiary call to arms at Clermont in 1095. The Council of Clermont,...

Life in a Peasant Household in Medieval Times

The medieval peasant is often believed to have led an idyllic existence, with a healthy country lifestyle, hearty food, and his own house and...

The Story Behind Elizabeth’s Jewellery

In medieval times, jewels played a much bigger part in administrative duties of royals than they do now. Education was only for the rich,...

The Life of Saint John of Beverley

John of Beverley was an eighth-century clergyman who became a bishop in the year 705AD, at the height of the power of the medieval...