Anne of Brittany, Queen of France

Anne of Brittany - Anna di Bretagna, Latin 9474 - Jean Bourdichon - Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne - f. 3r - Anne de Bretagne entre trois saintes (détail). (Wikipedia).

This week brings us two articles from Susan Abernethy on Anne of Brittany. This first article details Anne’s life.

A Bad Medieval Road Trip

Photo by Loren Kerns / Flickr

Those who have ever suffered similar misfortunes can judge from their own experiences how great my agitation and anxiety were at the moment.

The Cathedral and the City

Chartres Cathedral - photo by Atlant / wikicommons

Another fantastic talk. Professor Caroline Bruzelius talks to us about medieval art, architecture, and the role of the cathedral in Medieval society.

Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scots

Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scotland. Sceau de Yolande d'Ecosse - Duchesse de Bretagne (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy brings us back to medieval Scotland once again to look at another Scottish Queen, Yolande de Dreux.

Marie de Coucy, Queen of Scots

Coat of arms of Alexander II, King of Scots. Arms of Alexander II, as shown in Matthew Paris' Historia Anglorum, c. 1250 (Wikipedia)

Susan Abernethy brings us the story of Alexander II of Scotland’s French Queen, Marie de Coucy.

The Daily Life of a Medieval King

Charles V, king of France sitting on a throne in this 15th century depiction - British Library, MS Royal 15 E II f. 7

Have you wondered just what a medieval king did on a typical day? We actually do have an account of what it was like for King Charles V of France, thanks to Christine de Pizan.

15th century house and shop for sale in France

Photo by Libre à Quimperlé / Wikimedia Commons

While you can buy this 15th century building for just 42 000 euros, it will require much more money for repairs and restoration.

Early Medieval Muslim Graves in France: First Archaeological, Anthropological and Palaeogenomic Evidence

Three Muslim graves in France - photo by Patrice Pliskine, Inrap

Given all of these data, we propose that the skeletons from the Nimes burials belonged to Berbers integrated into the Umayyad army during the Arab expansion in North Africa.

Monasticism
 and 
the 
Royal
 Abbey
 of
 Saint ­Denis

17th century image of Saint Denis

Saint‐Denis 
seems 
to 
occupy
 a
 curious
 place
 in 
French
 history:
 never 
has 
there 
been a
 church
 so
 revered
 and
 yet 
so 
reviled.


Amorous encounters in Medieval French chess

Amorous encounters in Medieval French chess

The question I want to look at today is how chess is used in presenting these questions of love, of the amorous encounter, of the meeting between two people and the potential for feelings the might result from it.

Functions of Chess in Medieval French Literature

Functions of Chess in Medieval French Literature

Edward Mills examines the functions of the game of chess in medieval French literary culture.

Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle

Longbows at the Battle of Agincourt

Historians have long puzzled over why this missile weapon—clearly superior to its alternative, the crossbow—was monopolized by the English for so long

Isabeau of Bavaria, Anne of France, and the History of Female Regency in France

Christine de Pisan presenting her book to queen Isabeau of Bavaria. Illuminated miniature from The Book of the Queen - from British Library MS Harley 4431

With Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria the history of female regency in France takes a turn of the greatest importance, moving towards a conception of regency as a proxy reign for the king exercised ideally by the queen mother.

Agnès Sorel: Death of the Official Mistress of the King

Agnes Sorel

Some people are born to break the rules, and one of those people was Agnès Sorel.

Castle for Sale: Château de la Chezotte

Château de la Chezotte - photo by  Aubussonais / Wikicommons

This 15th century castle rises 17 metres (56 feet) into the sky and comes with three floors, two round towers and a partial moat.

Celebrating the New Year, Medieval Style

The Festival of Fools - Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525)

A look at New Year’s in the Middle Ages.

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.

Medieval Castle for Sale in France: Chateau d’Avezan

Château_d'Avezan - photo by MOSSOT / Wikimedia Commons

This 13th century castle in southern France is on sale for 950 000 €

The Heloise of History

Raymond Monvoisin depiction of Heloise in the 19th century

This thesis seeks to determine the historical role of the twelfth-century abbess Heloise, apart from the frequently cited and disputed letters exchanged between her and Peter Abelard.

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!

Technological Determinisms of Victory at the Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt from Enguerrand de Monstrelet, Chronique de France. French. Manuscript op parchment, 266 ff., 405 x 300 mm. Brugge(?), c.1495

This article takes issue with the deterministic conclusions of a recent study by three scientists who investigated the effects of wearing armour on soldier exhaustion during the battle of Agincourt.

Agincourt 1415 – 2015

Agincourt 1415 - 2015 Anne Curry

Anne Curry talks about the myths and history of the Battle of Agincourt

Agincourt 600 Celebrated with Pomp and Pageantry at Westminster Abbey

Diana Heath, Metalwork Conservator lays Henry V's sword on the High Altar at Westminster Abbey. Photo courtesy of Dean & Chapter of Westminster.

600 years ago, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out as word arrived in London that Henry V had defeated the French in Agincourt. 600 years later to the very day, the bells pealed out again to commemorate a medieval battle where the English were vastly outnumbered but still came home victorious.

Celebrating Agincourt 600 at the Wallace Collection

Italian Gauntlets, 1390, inscribed wit hthe words, 'AMOR' (love). The Wallace Collection. Photo by Medievalists.net

This week, historians around the world are gearing up to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most significant battles of the Hundred Year’s War.

Agincourt 1415: The Battle

Matthew Bennett agincourt

What you haven’t got is an ordered advance – you’ve got complete and total chaos.

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