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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 England and Vikings: The Culmination of the Viking Influence on England, Part 3

The nobles were receptive to Edward's request at the time, but future circumstances worked to the detriment of English acceptance of the Norman presence....

Feudalism, the Stirrup and the Franks

Many works have attempted to define feudalism and its origins. In fact, it has been the subject most debated upon by social and legal...

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 Brief History of Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture in Europe and Great Britain grew out the Crusades. The rounded arches in churches soon evolved to the strong arch and Gothic...

Medieval England and Vikings: The Culmination of the Viking Influence on England, Part 2

In the Danelaw and Northumbria, a sense of independence from the rest of England evolved that would later cause the Normans to be harsher...

The Black Death and Vampires

The year was 1347 CE when the menace first entered the population. It crept in silently with the rats and no one was aware...

The Career of Arius

Known for the controversy that would carry his name and that rocked the early Church, Arius’ career was one of almost constant conflict. His...

The Invention that Changed Europe

Europe in the early Middle Ages was a place as Thomas Hobbes once said, where the lives of people were “nasty, brutish and short.”...

Thomas Fuller and the Crusades

Perhaps before entering into any analysis of both the character and craft of Thomas Fuller, it would be a good idea to provide some...

Royal Charters: Sources for the Study of the Early Capetian Kings

The study of the early Capetian kings, from Hugh Capet to Philip I, is a period of vague understandings, especially when compared to that...