Thursday, June 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.

Hospitality in the Medieval Monastery

The guest house of a medieval monastery offered similar hospitality to a modern-day hotel, with both rich and poor people entitled to food and...

The Cycle of the Medieval Year: The Medieval Church Calendar

The major festivals such as Advent, Christmas and Easter were the highlights of a calendar which developed during the Middle Ages and would be...

The Latter Days of Henry II Plantagenet

Henry at this time was also unable to seek solace in the company of his wife and family, as they were as usual at...

St Augustine and his Mother Monica

The early life of St Augustine was a 4th Century example of Christ’s Prodigal Son. This profligate schoolmaster of eleven years left his Christian...

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,...

Royal Medieval Class Structure

Not even the royal families of Europe, the most powerful people of their time, could escape from being broken down into feudal class...

Feudalism, the Stirrup and the Franks

Many works have attempted to define feudalism and its origins. In fact, it has been the subject most debated upon by social and legal...

The Writings of Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-c. 1430) was a philosopher, intellectual, writer, and protofeminist, born in Venice and raised in Paris. Her work gives modern...

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....