Saturday, January 22, 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.

The Medieval Manor

A medieval manor was an estate owned by a Lord of the Manor, granted to him by the monarch. The Lord of the Manor...

Medieval Porridge or Frumenty

Porridge, a centuries old staple food, was originally the only way to obtain nutrition from grain, but with the arrival of bread, it...

Pelagius, The Welsh Monk: An Understanding of the Pelagian Heresy

Pelagius was a monk who challenged the great machine of the Roman Catholic Church. His beliefs and followers were so wide spread that he...

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...

Catholic Attitudes to Slavery in the Middle Ages

In the world in which the church was born slavery was ubiquitous and endemic. Roman and Greek society thrived on it, and the Germanic...

The Siege in Medieval Times: Besieging a Castle in the Middle Ages

Medieval warfare - the tactics, methods and weaponry used to lay siege to a castle in medieval times. The siege was a popular technique of...

“Thorstein the Staff-Struck” Dialogue Summary and Analysis

Bjarni, an important character from Pálsson’s “Thorstein the Staff-Struck,” has the unfortunate luck of having his dead servant Thord on his hands. When Bjarni...

Animal Executions of the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages animals were tried in local courts for crimes ranging from theft and vandalism, to homicide and sexual perversion: after which...

What are Medieval Manuscripts? And Where are they Found?

Strictly speaking, any hand-written document is a manuscript–the Latin manuscriptus literally means “written” (scriptus) “by hand” (manu). So charters and scrolls, fragments and books...

Towton: the Medieval Battle of the Somme

At Towton (1461), in a matter of hours, more English soldiers were butchered than Tommies who fell on the first day of the Somme...