Monday, May 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 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...

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...

Common Land in England and Wales

There are still surprisingly large areas of land in England and Wales, both in cities and rural areas, that are classed as common land...

The Medieval City of Novgorod

Most histories of early medieval Russia, or Rus as it was then called, begin with the coming to Novgorod of the semi-legendary figure, Rurik. The...

The Compostela Pilgrimage: the Welfare of Pilgrims

From the time they left their homes, swore an oath to remain loyal to their king, and were granted permission to travel by their...

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...

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...

A History of Medieval St Margaret’s Chapel in Edinburgh Castle

The tiny chapel of St Margaret is one of the most popular attractions at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. The tiny stone building stands high...

Feudalism in the Early Middle Ages

Feudalism, as a generalization, describes those forces in Western Europe during a period of transformation following the dissolution of the Roman Empire. The so-called...

The Avignon Papacy: Babylonian Captivity of the Church 1309 – 1377

The Avignon papacy, sometimes called the “Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” lasted from 1309 to 1377. This period reflected a growing loss of power...