Examining the Prussian Crusades (1230-83), the Lithuanian Crusades (1280-1435), and the Novgorod Crusades (1243-16th century).
How well do you know your kingdoms from the Middle Ages? Try these 10 questions!
In addition to being a story celebrating courtly love and all the romance tropes, Guillaume de Palerne is essentially a story of transformation and disguise
Episode 7 of The Medieval Podcast – What was marriage in the Middle Ages really like? Danièle is joined by Ruth Mazo Karras to discuss love, weddings and partnerships in medieval society.
Here we are in 2019 still discussing the possibility of an historical King Arthur. How and why that is the case is a fascinating story told expertly by the historian Nicholas J. Higham in King Arthur: The Making of a Legend,
Any type of leader will often have to balance their convictions with pragmatism. For a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon abbot, perhaps there could be a way to display both.
Once in a generation, a writer comes along and, in making fun of his generation and in creating fun using the Middle Ages brings together a new set of stories for people to tell. This is what Mark Twain did in 1889.
In this column, I look at the next phase in history of the Northern Crusades: that of “penitential war.”
How did the Mongol presence in the Balkans effect its two main political powers – the Byzantines and the Bulgarians?
This is the secret of the Atlas Miller: it tries to counter the idea that the world could be circumnavigated.
Taking a look at the History Channel’s newest ‘medieval’ show Knight Fight.
Here are five riddles written in the eleventh-century. Can you answer them?
While Augustine was working on his book On the Trinity, he was walking by the seaside one day, meditating on the difficult problem of how God could be three Persons at once. He came upon a little child.
How did Icelanders build and run farms in the Middle Ages?
Episode 6 of The Medieval Podcast – Danièle is joined by Jan Ziolkowski to talk about the ‘Juggling the Middle Ages’ exhibition at Dumbarton Oaks.
I am going to sketch a very brief history of the so-called “Northern Crusades” – that is, the crusades undertaken by the Christian kings of Denmark, Poland and Sweden, the various German military orders, and their allies against the pagan peoples of the southern and eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.
It won’t take you long to spot an ‘Elen More’ among the courtiers of King James IV. Or the ‘Moorish Lass’, as they dubbed her.
Are you one of the members of the Canterbury Tales, or perhaps the famous author himself? Answer these questions to find out!
Episode 5 of The Medieval Podcast – Researchers examining the remains of a medieval nun in Germany have discovered the mineral Lapus Lazuli in her teeth.
Darkness is where the light ends but the imagination begins.
The third phase of crusading in the Holy Land – that of its “maturity” – began with the expiration of Frederick’s truce in 1239 and ended with the fall of the last remnant of Outremer, the city of Acre, in 1291.
Taking you from from ninth century Ireland to 20th century Britain, with stops in China and Iceland.
During the course of a century, medieval military commanders from Eastern Europe to India would make use of wagons as their key element in winning on the battlefield.
For medieval Europeans, talking openly about sex in what we might think of now as explicit detail was a very normal part of life.