Sunday, January 23, 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.

Book Review of Anglo-Saxon England by Sally Crawford

Many studies of England’s history concentrate on the Roman occupation and Viking attacks, with little information on the Anglo-Saxon period. This book uses archaeological...

Historic Torture Devices Used to Elicit Confessions

Around the 12th or 13th centuries drawing out confessions of those accused of witchcraft, people who were thought to be heretics, or individuals believed...

The Dawn of British Democracy: Wat Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt

Wat Tyler is one of Britains half-forgotten heroes. His bravery led immediately to his summary execution, before he had barely spoken a word. But...

History of Medieval Corpse Trials

In a desire to order all things according to God's universal laws medieval communities dragged into its courts all manner of things, even...

Charlemagne: His Empire and Modern Europe

Charlemagne was the first Emperor of a united Europe, after the fall of the Romans. His legacy involved legal, writing, financial and religious reforms....

Pilgrims on the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela

Who were the people in medieval times who left their homes and families to walk for weeks to a shrine in a distant city?...

The Peoples of Britain: The Vikings of Scandinavia

On June 8, 793AD, the Vikings announced themselves with typical ferocity when they suddenly appeared off the Isle of Lindisfarne in the North Sea,...

Medieval Church Corruption

Cycles of Medieval church corruption coincided with the growth of strong secular rulers and were only tempered by the appearance of reformist popes and...

The Parish Church in Medieval Times

The medieval church was as much a part of the community as the market or baker’s shop. For those who practised Christianity, the church...