Sunday, December 4, 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.

Bread-Making in the Middle Ages

Bread was a staple and essential part of the medieval diet. The type of bread consumed depended upon the wealth of the person...

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...

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 Occupation of Chandler in the Middle Ages

Candles have been used as a light source for at least 5,000 years. During medieval times, candles were the only source of light apart...

The Use of Stained Glass in Medieval Times

Medieval stained glass is a unique and precious form of art which was used by only the wealthiest patrons, including the Christian church. The Origins...

Archery in the Middle Ages

The training of the medieval archer and the use of the longbow and crossbow in medieval European warfare. The archer was a valued soldier in...

The Glossators: The Revival of Roman Law in The High Middle Ages

The story of the rediscovery of Roman law by the Italian scholars of the High Middle Ages and their devotion to the Corpus Iuris...

Malleus Maleficarum: How to Torture a Witch

A handbook for the Catholic Church's Inquisitors. This article describes the authors and summarizes the facts within the handbook. The Inquisition was a form...

Food in Medieval Times: What People Ate in the Middle Ages

The staple diet of medieval man was bread, meat and fish. What was eaten and how it was served varied considerably depending on social...

Capital Crimes and Punishment – Medieval Execution Methods

Modern methods of execution have at times been referred to as "cruel and unusual punishment". This article reviews ancient and medieval execution methods. There...