Becoming a Prince: Prince Arthur’s early life and his training to be king

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Within a month of his birth on 20 September 1486, Prince Arthur was separated from his family and living in a nursery at Farnham Palace in Surrey.

Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland

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In an Irish context, the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar were the most significant expressions of this unusual vocation that sought to combine military service with monastic observance.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen

Isabella of France The Rebel Queen

Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner

Joan of Kent: The First Princess of Wales

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Jean Froissart, probably the most famous of the fourteenth-century chroniclers, described Joan as ‘in her time the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England and the most loved’

BOOK REVIEW: The Northern Queen by Kelly Evans

Book: The Northern Queen by Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans’Anglo-Saxon novel centres around the story of Aelfgifu of Northampton (990-1040); from her rise in court and eventual marriage to one of England’s most famous early kings, Cnut the Great (995-1035), to her repudiation, and later life with her sons after Cnut’s passing.

BOOK REVIEW: Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History You Weren’t Taught in School

Book: Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers by Dominic Selwood

A review of Dominic Selwood’s, ‘Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History you Weren’t Taught in School’

BOOK TOUR: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Books: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Today we’re hosting Kristie Dean’s “On the Trail of the Yorks” book tour, featuring Anne of Exeter.

BOOK REVIEW: Who is the Historian? by Nigel A. Raab

Book: Wh Is the Historian by Nigel A. Raab

Danièle Cybulskie, @5MinMedievalist, gives a review of Nigel A. Raab’s latest book, ‘Who is the Historian’.

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

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Test yourself with these ten riddles from the seventh-century, part of Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, translated by A.M. Juster and published by the University of Toronto Press.

Lost Battlefields of Wales, by Martin Hackett

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In this book, Martin Hackett takes us on a journey through the military history of Wales, looking at the armies involved and the weapons they used.

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Read an excerpt from Amy Licence’s new book on the 15th century royal couple.

Almost a Millennium, by Jeanbill

Almost a Millennium

Almost a Millennium, by Jeanbill, is an eclectic novel about the unlikely connection between an English monk and an American physician that lived nearly 1,000 years apart, one of today and one in the medieval period.

MEDIEVAL BOOKS: Hot New Releases – January!

Year of the Book

A look at a few new medieval book releases for January 2016!

My Top 5 Medieval Books of 2015

2015 Medieval Books. Photo by Medievalists.net

2015 was a great year for books on Medievalists.net, and 2016 promises to be better. Of all the books I read over the past twelve months, these five books were my favourite reads of 2015.

BOOK REVIEW: The Butcher Bird by SD Sykes

Books: The Butcher Bird by SD Sykes

My review of SD Sykes follow up to “Plague Land”, her latest book, “The Butcher Bird”.

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Agnes Mystery – Volume I

Books: The Lady Agnes Mystery - Volume I by Andrea Japp

A review of the Lady Agnes Mystery by Parisienne author, Andrea Japp.

The Wars of the Roses, by John Ashdown-Hill

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John Ashdown-Hill gets right to the heart of this ‘thorny’ subject, dispelling the myths and bringing clarity to a topic often shrouded in confusion.

Five Favourite Reads for Medievalists

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I thought I’d share just a handful of my favourites that range from medieval-for-beginners to heavier academic stuff.

In Search of Alfred the Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend

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The only English monarch ever to have had the epithet ‘the Great’, Alfred’s reputation reaches down to us through the years. Christian hero, successful defender of England against the Vikings, social and educational reformer. There is a man and a life buried amid the myths. Within these pages, discover Alfred’s dramatic story.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain, by James Turner

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MEDIEVAL BOOKS: Black Friday!

Book: Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty - Dan Jones

Here are a few recent releases for medievalists hunting for Black Friday books and early Christmas gifts!

The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England

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Martin Wall takes us on a journey into a period that still remains mysterious, into regions and countries long forgotten, such as Mercia and Northumbria.

Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table

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In his new history of food, acclaimed historian Massimo Montanari traces the development of medieval tastes, both culinary and cultural, from raw materials to market and captures their reflections in today’s food trends.

Book Talk: Ivory Vikings, by Nancy Marie Brown

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Nancy Marie Brown speaking on her new book Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them, at Cornell University on October 15, 2015

John Hardyng and his Chronicle

John Hardyng Chronicle

Hardyng, an ex-soldier and spy of Henry V, set about composing the work after he ‘retired’ to the Augustinian priory at South Kyme, Lincolnshire, in the 1440s or 1450s.

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