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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.

Ale Production in Medieval Times

Ale is one of the oldest foodstuffs and has a history going back thousands of years. It was an important drink during the Middle Ages...

What’s in a Name? A Lesson from the French Kings

Most of the French Kings throughout history were awarded an epithet which emphasized a physical characteristic, a personal characteristic or an interesting accident of...

Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan

Christina was born in Nyborg, Denmark in the year of 1522. She was the second living daughter of Christian II of Denmark and Isabella...

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...

Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, the Dutch Barbary Pirate

Janszoon’s transformation into Murat reis took place after he was captured by the Barbary pirates during a raid on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands....

Philip I of France and the Power to Heal Scrofula

The power to heal was not a new phenomenon, nor was it solely practised by the Capetian kings. In fact, many monarchs from a...

Saints: Holy People of the Middle Ages

There are Christian saints (sancti), Jewish saints (hasidim) and Muslim saints (awliya’ Allah–Friends of God). Sainthood in Biblical religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) is...

Origins of April Fools Day

April Fools Day is known as a day for practical jokes and pranksters. The holiday dates back several centuries to the Middle Ages. For...

The Dream-Vision in Medieval English Literature

The authors writing with the dream-vision device follow a predictable pattern: a solitary male narrator, searching for answers falls asleep and is taken on...

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...
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