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.

Medieval Armor: The Brigandine

How the brigandine protected The brigandine was a great torso protector. The inner and outer sides were leather, but sandwiched in between the layers 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...

Weapons of Medieval Europe

Medieval knights had many different weapons in their arsenal, but they were all designed to inflict the most damage possible to their opponents...

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...

The Celtic Cross

The crudely functional plank onto which Jesus and countless others were nailed in final and agonising humiliation has been transformed through the activities of...

Reasons for the Medieval Executions of Animals

Animal trials and executions were debated even in the Middle Ages so what were the arguments behind their long public acceptance? Superstition and pragmatism exist...

Medieval Japanese Society

There are many things to be learned about Japanese society and government from the documents which are said to be the “…two most important...

Preparations for a Pilgrimage in Medieval Times

A medieval pilgrim, whether travelling overseas or within his own country, was aware that the pilgrimage may cost him his life. Travel in medieval...

Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians

Aethelflaed was a high-status Anglo-Saxon woman who lived at a time when few women held power or influence. She was a military leader and...

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...