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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.

English Battle Tactics in the Middle Ages: Massed Archery and Defensive Deployment Led to...

From the 1290s onward, the armies of England began to use new military tactics which revolved around massed archery, defensive deployment, and dismounting their...

Life in a Medieval Town

The medieval town was a busy and vibrant place, which had strict regulations to control trade and industry, and law and order. During the...

Akbar the Great, a Reappraisal

Akbar for long has been hailed as a great Monarch who ruled over his Hindu subjects with benevolence. Sometimes, facts can be stranger than...

History of Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are ubiquitous this time of year, ranging from chocolate delicacies to hard-boiled coloured eggs. The history of this ancient symbol is...

WIlliam Marshal, the Greatest Knight

William Marshal has been described as the greatest knight to have lived. His success on the field of battle and tournament is legendary. Many...

The Role of an Apothecary in the Middle Ages: The Work of Healers in...

An apothecary’s shop was full of various cures, most of which he prepared himself. He was usually a trusted member of the medieval community,...

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...

The Medieval Book of Hours: A Devotional Text in the Middle Ages

Each Book of Hours, because it was created individually, was unique. A simple Book of Hours, for example, belonging to a monk or nun...

Swords, Kings, Knights and Warriors

Weapons with metal blades first came about as part of the "cutting edge technology" of the Bronze Age. Throughout Europe and Asia, men found...

Religion in the Middle Ages

Medieval religion developed as a hybrid of pagan beliefs and practices and Catholicism, eventually dominating the everyday lives of peasants. The religion of the...