Sunday, May 29, 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.

Battlefield! What caused the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403?

Battlefield, in Shrewsbury, is the site of an important battle that occurred in 1403. The stakes were high and the timing was potentially disastrous...

The Viking Expansion

Historians have theorized a number of factors contributing to the Viking expansion from the 8th to 11th centuries. Most historians place the onset of...

The Medieval Traveller by Norbert Ohler – Book Review

The Medieval Traveller explores how people travelled in medieval time, with a broad and wide-ranging study of methods of transport, preparations for travel, hazards...

The Medieval Book of Hours: A Devotional Text in the Middle Ages

Each Book of Hours, because it was created individually, was unique. A simple Book of Hours, for example, belonging to a monk or nun...

Thomas Becket: The Troublesome Priest

Struggles between the Church under the Popes and the monarchy were a significant feature throughout the Middle Ages. One of the most dramatic conflicts...

Origins of April Fools Day

April Fools Day is known as a day for practical jokes and pranksters. The holiday dates back several centuries to the Middle Ages. For...

Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan

Christina was born in Nyborg, Denmark in the year of 1522. She was the second living daughter of Christian II of Denmark and Isabella...

WIlliam Marshal, the Greatest Knight

William Marshal has been described as the greatest knight to have lived. His success on the field of battle and tournament is legendary. Many...

Medieval England and Vikings: The Culmination of the Viking Influence on England, Part 3

The nobles were receptive to Edward's request at the time, but future circumstances worked to the detriment of English acceptance of the Norman presence....

The Buildings That Made up a Medieval Monastery

A medieval monastery was viewed as a place of quiet contemplation, but was often home to dozens of men working in various capacities. Whilst the...