What were the most popular names for girls in England during the 16th century?
If you’ve ever seen A Knight’s Tale, you’ll know that the titular knight takes on the name of Ulrich von Liechtenstein in order to joust on the tournament circuit and win the hand of his lady fair. What you may not have known is that there seems to have been a real thirteenth-century knight named Ulrich von Liechtenstein, who spent his youth jousting to win the heart (and body) of a capricious lady, and then wrote a book about it.
October 25th will mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most famous battles of the Hundred Years War. In this issue, we take a look at how the story of the battle has been written over the centuries, and answer why the English longbow was such an effective weapon in the Later Middle Ages.