Archives for April 2015

Riddles in the Dark Ages

Latin riddles depended on knowledge of a specific subject in order to be deciphered, while English riddles were often about common things like the weather.

Leicester Cathedral reaches £2.5 million target for Richard III reinterment

Leicester Cathedral has announced that the appeal to cover its share of the costs of the reinterment of King Richard III is now officially closed, having met its target in full.

The Shortest Reigns of the Middle Ages

Reaching the throne was one thing, staying on it another! Here is our list of ten medieval rulers who had very short reigns (as little as one day) and who often came to end by bloody means.

Project to compare health of Londoners from medieval and industrial eras

The Museum of London will be starting a ground-breaking research project to explore the effects of industrialisation on Londoners.

Medieval mysticism or psychosis?

Alison Torn investigates the strange case of Margery Kempe

Katherine of Alexandria: Decline of an Empire

According to hagiographers, (C)Katherine was a princess, the daughter of Roman governor named Constus. She was well educated, beautiful and highly intelligent. She converted to Christianity at the age of 13 or 14 and caught the eye of the Roman Emperor, Maxentius (278-318 AD).

Ten Thoughts on Game of Thrones: High Sparrow

Taking a look at Episode 3 of Season 5 from Game of Thrones:

Review of Wolf Hall, Episode 4: Devil’s Spit

In Episode 4, ‘Devil’s Spit,’ disappointment and fear run through the story.

Why Ireland was like a ‘Garden of Eden’ during the Middle Ages

Tourism officials in Ireland are busy trying to promote the country to the world. If this was the Middle Ages, the would have a much easier time.

The Strategy of Challenges: Two Beheading Games In Medieval Literature

The Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and its Old Irish ancestor The Feast of Bricriu recount a remarkable stranger’s challenge to the hero, in effect, ‘You can chop off my head if you’ll let me return the blow.’

Who Would Be Your Nemesis In Game Of Thrones?

So many people, so many ways to die. But beware, for this quiz is dark and full of spoilers.

Top Ten Superheroes of the Middle Ages

Even in medieval times they had stories and legends about people with extraordinary gifts – saints and warriors with special powers. Here is our list of ten superheroes from the Middle Ages.

Fifteen Anglo-Saxon Cures for Minor Medical Problems

How did people Anglo-Saxon England treat a headache or indigestion? Here are fifteen cures for minor ailments from the Lacucgna, which include what to do if your finger nail falls off, and how Jesus Christ cured Peter’s toothache.

‘The Halved Heads’: Osteological Evidence for Decapitation in Medieval Ireland

This paper examines the osteological evidence for decapitation from 30 skeletal assemblages dated to the medieval period (6th to 16th century) from Ireland.

The Military Legacy of Richard the Lionheart

Authors look back at the entirety of the reign and reach two common conclusions: 1) he was a neglectful and mostly-absent ruler of England, but 2) he attained spectacular success in war, which was, after all, his primary interest.

How Significant Were Perceptions Of Marital Fidelity As An Aspect Of Kingship In The Thirteenth And Fourteenth Centuries?

This paper, concentrating on the above mentioned monarchs, will argue that marital fidelity, whilst no means encouraged as a form of acceptable behaviour, was rarely used to criticise the kings of England in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and played little part in perceptions of their rule.

The Bayeux Tapestry: Author, Art and Allegory

The Bayeux Tapestry is a complex visual history of the Norman Conquest of England. Its creation and the story it weaves were defined by its dichotomous authorship, its physical form as textile art and its analogous narrative imagery.

Western Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Europe to be offered by Arizona State University as MOOC

Arizona State University is teaming up with with edX, a nonprofit, open-source education provider, to offer several massive open online courses (MOOCs), including Western Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Europe.

Be A Part of Chaucer’s Tale

For many people, The Canterbury Tales is not only Geoffrey Chaucer’s great masterwork, but one of the cornerstones of English literature.

Rules of a Medieval Library

No stealing, no talking, no women – the rules you had to follow in a medieval library!

13th-century Mongol sabre discovered in Russia

While Russian archaeologists were conducting a routine examination of an old sabre unearthed seven years ago in Yaroslavl, they discovered that the weapon dates back to the 13th century, making it to be oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe.

10 Cool Facts about Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine of Alexandria and her wheel have been well recognized symbols since the beginning of the Middle Ages. Here are 10 interesting tidbits about Saint Catherine:

Lasting Falls and Wishful Recoveries: Crusading in the Black Sea Region after the Fall of Constantinople

This paper examines the Black Sea question in the second half of the 15th century, with special emphasis on crusading and religious questions.

William of Normandy’s Claim to the English throne: Examining the Evidence

Whether or not Edward’s promise of the throne to William was genuine, it was later certainly made irrelevant by Edward’s deathbed will.

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