Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain, by James Turner

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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.

Medieval Books: 5 Great New Releases!

Book - 24 Hours at Agincourt

Black Friday is around the corner – here are a few books that have just been released!

Books – Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdoms by Emily Murdoch

Conquests by Emily Murdoch

A look at author Emily Murdoch’s book, Conquests, from her series, ‘Conquered Hearts’

Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen, by Sara Cockerill

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Eleanor was a highly dynamic, forceful personality whose interest in the arts, politics and religion were highly influential in her day – and whose temper had even bishops quaking in their shoes.

Using LEGO to show the history of medieval England

Medieval Lego

Learn more about the great new book Medieval Lego, by Greyson Beights

Recipes from The Tudor Kitchen

Recipes from The Tudor Kitchen

Get recipes on A Dysschefull of Snowe – Strawberries on Snow and Steamed Asparagus Spears in Orange Sauce

Book Review: Rise of the Wolf, by Steven A. McKay

rise of the wolf

Bottom line: I can’t recommend this novel strongly enough. You should buy it now.

Anselm on Free Will

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New book explores medieval philosopher’s contribution to current debate

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them

Ivory Vikings

Read an excerpt from the latest book by Nancy Marie Brown

The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

My book review of Robin Hood tale, Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson.

BOOK REVIEW: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

Book cover: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

While most books about Italy have been dedicated to tourist hubs like Milan, Florence, Rome, Sicily and Venice, Genoa with its rich history, rugged landscape, and tenacious residents, has been given only a passing mention.

BOOK REVIEW: The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

Joanna Stafford, our intrepid ex-Dominican super sleuth is at it again. This time, she’s hurled straight into the midst of plotting and deception at Henry VIII’s court.

With a Bended Bow: An Interview with Erik Roth

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Erik Roth presents a comprehensive examination of the archer and his weapon in a time when archery was both economically and militarily vital to the security of England, based on the study of mediaeval writings and period artefacts.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Starting a Fire

Charcoal kiln - photo BY Katrin Kania

One very good example of misconceptions we have today about a bit of boringly daily life in medieval times is fire – or, more specifically, lighting fire.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Interview with Gillian Polack


While we were getting the draft of the Middle Ages Unlocked into a new structure, we had to cut out many things – among them a lot of lists.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Medieval Crafts

Katrin spinning

We’ve decided to share some of the questions Gillian asked Katrin, because the answers are fascinating and only some of them appear in the book.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Developing the Book

NSW Writers’ Centre in Sydney

There’s a story behind everything. My personal story for The Middle Ages Unlocked goes back to the days before Twitter and Facebook.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Writer Things

Middle Ages Unlocked

Working together with Gillian on The Middle Ages Unlocked was a cross-border experience in many ways: an Australian and a German, a historian and an archaeologist, and a professional writer with a professional crafter.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Finding the Team

Middle Ages Unlocked

The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England, 1050-1300, is a new book by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania. Now available from Amberley Publishing, the book explores a wide range of topics from law, religion and education to landscape, art and magic, between the eleventh and early fourteenth centuries, the structures, institutions and […]

Discovering Medieval Graffiti: An Interview with Matthew Champion

medieval graffiti book

We found demons, faces, hand outlines, names, dates and prayers – just about every type of graffiti you can imagine.

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