Monday, December 11, 2023

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.

Galileo: Music, Maths and Cosmic Spheres

Galileo Galilei – His Birth Galileo Galilei was born in 1564 in Pisa, Italy. From his earliest years he had a bright and inquiring mind....

Breaking Medieval Myths: Swords

After disappearing from military significance after the widespread development of firearms, swords saw a rebirth in popularity with the advent of film. Actors like...

The Christmas Tradition of Wassailing

The word “wassail” originates from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael” which means “to be whole or hale” and the phrase “hale and hearty” comes from...

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,...

Treatment of Prisoners and Noble Knighthood

Knighthood went through various changes over the centuries. Courtesy was important for protecting knights from mistreatment and ensuring fairness and justice. During times of...

Noble Medieval Class Structure

For nobles of medieval Europe, a title would be rewarded to a person who performed some service to the monarch and would usually...

St. Brice’s Day Massacre

During the years that started with the Viking raids, England, then ruled primarily by Anglo-Saxon kings, felt vulnerable to what was widely regarded as...

Hidden Details of the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most valuable historical records available to us. Created as a celebratory work shortly after the conquest of...

Poisoned Pen Manuscripts and Red Ink

Monks who copied Bibles and other classical literature during the Dark Ages may have died of mercury poisoning. Colorful inks from various mineral...

The Valkyries: Guides to Valhala

The concept of the Valkyrie in Norse mythology evolved over time. At first they were creepy spirits of death that hovered carrion-like over the...