Medieval history fans get an online treat from the makers of Battle Castle – dozens of photos and videos of castles in 3D!
During this period, the role of the landed aristocracy was changing. With the creation of a professional standing army, in which soldiers were paid a wage, and the use of foreign mercenaries (think of the Swiss Guard), the traditional military function of the nobility receded.
English Heritage has purchased a medieval barn in west London, once described as the “Cathedral of Middlesex” for £20,000. Harmondsworth Barn is listed as a Grade I building, placing it alongside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace for its exceptional architectural and historic interest.
The research shows that considerable sums were spent during the later middle ages on the construction, decoration, and maintenance of screens in all churches, from cathedrals and monasteries to parish churches.
Some of us still feel that an attempt to bring the old liturgy of the church to life again would transport us best of all across the centuries to Tudor times. For churches are built primarily for liturgy – it is their staple diet.
Let us start with the concept and term ‘nation’ itself. In much modern discourse ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’ have been given period-specific and pre- eminently political forms.
Mindful of the fate awaiting them at the Last Judgement, the patrons of medieval hospitals and almshouses were understandably anxious that their good deeds should provide eloquent testimony on their behalf.
The York Jewish History Trail was launched on Friday, giving the public the chance to explore hundreds of years of Jewish history in England.
The first chapter of my thesis provides a chronological account of the development of female characters in the Arthurian legend. The chapter begins with Celtic myths from which the legend originated, the role of women in Celtic religion and society is described as well as the extent to which the Celtic aspects of the legend have been preserved…
The content carved on the Franks Casket has remained as obscure as its origin. No-one has managed to properly interpret the artwork and the runic inscriptions, though the piece has often passed under the scope over the 150 years since its discovery; with a range of lenses, which at times have passed the flaw to the thing seen.
A reading of Malthus’s text reveals that his argument was essentially religious—violation of his “principle” of population was a violation of god’s will…
The texts of Digenes Akrites that we have tell us little or nothing of value about the time of Basil I, but they do attest to the nostalgia with which later Byzantines thought of the time before the loss of the Empire’s eastern territories.
Nowadays people can get heavily fined or even jailed for copyright infringement7 but it is not generally a capital offence. So how could a holy man, of all people, derive such a sense of righteousness and glory from the carnage of war, especially one apparently triggered by something as innocuous as the copying of a single manuscript?
The history of Ethiopia from the decline of Aksum until the early sixteenth century is commonly divided into three periods.
The money that the medieval English made conducted matters of state into the heart of society. The concerted quality of value – the fact that creating a currency connected public authority with every individual holding it – made that unavoidable.
À ce stade de la fouille, nous avons pu définir provisoirement huit grandes phases. La première construction reconnue pourrait être une domus urbaine du IIe siècle après J.-C., abandonnée dans la première moitié du IVe siècle et à laquelle succède une occupation tardo-antique.
My premise is that we come closest to understanding early Icelanders through a two-pronged approach: on the one hand, by focusing on their well-documented perception of themselves as a community and, on theother hand, through anthropological and historical analyses of the forces that shaped this perception.
In Jewish religious practice, the menstruating woman is referred to as the niddah. Until the destruction of the First and Second Temples in 560 B.C.E. and 70 C.E., the niddah was restricted in two ways: she was barred from Temple worship and by extension kept apart from all foodstuffs and vessels that were used for Temple worship; and sexual intercourse with her was forbidden
As it turns out, Fursa’s differing genealogical affiliations mirror the subsequent shifts in political and ecclesiastical developments in Irish medieval history.
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be hosting its annual interdisciplinary conference next month, which will bring more than seventy scholars to talk about the sexy side of the Middle Ages.
John R. Gabourel writes about the universal tale of choices and where they can lead us in his novel The Knight and the Serpent: A Legend of Medieval Normandy
In the High Middle Ages, confederations of towns were the dominant characteristic of Germany, since the organization of the Empire was loose enough to allow a kind of independence to the growing cities.
Cluny Cross – A Mad Medieval Tale, a novel placed in the 11th century, follows a Benedictine monk’s frantic adventure through the Byzantine and Turk Empires before it races on to Jerusalem and the embattled Holy Land.