While Purim and Hanukkah in the Middle Ages already focused attention on two stellar women of Jewish history, Esther and Judith, the mode of celebration centered on the efforts of contemporary Jewish women as well!
Pola, who flourished in Rome at the turn of the fourteenth century, tells us three times, in three separate manuscripts, that she is the “daughter of R. Abraham the scribe.”
A good dramatic play in the Middle Ages might need a blazing hellmouth or a few rockets firing about.
Birthstones and their superpowers according to the Middle Ages
The extent of summer swimming in medieval Europe is a fairly open question. We know that some people certainly could swim, although the skill was rare enough to be remarked.
You know these manuscripts–most of them would make ‘most famous lists.’ But that means you know them by nickname. Do you also know them by shelfmark?
If the Renfair people can get this right, how does the Medieval Times menu perform?
Can you identify these iconic medieval manuscripts?
Oswald von Wolkenstein gives us twelve examples of what happens to drunk people.
In 1237, during the brief sequel of Latin rule, one Ethiopian monk decided to work this system to his—and his kingdom’s—advantage.
Jane la Sauvage said, if someone sees a wolf before the wolf sees them, it will have no power to do any harm. And likewise from the person to the wolf.
Need advice on keeping fit and how to exercise? Cait Stevenson tells us how it was done in the 15th century.
Are you confused by all the medieval people named Henry? Cait Stevenson provides you this awesome guide!
When being broken on the wheel is not enough! Ten brutal ways to die from the Middle Ages.
Can your dog dig up rings, dance to music, or tell if a lady is pregnant? Find out what strange tricks dogs could perform in the Middle Ages.
Monks were deserting their pastoral posts and in some cases their vows altogether; nuns were having covert affairs with local men and—worse—getting caught.
Why were dragons so popular—and what was a dragon in the Middle Ages, anyway? Here are a few things you might not know about medieval dragons