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Gloriosa Regina or “Alien Queen”? Some Reconsiderations on Anna Yaroslavna’s Queenship (r. 1050-1075)

Gloriosa Regina or “Alien Queen”? Some Reconsiderations on Anna Yaroslavna’s Queenship (r. 1050-1075) By Talia Zajac Royal Studies Journal, Vol.3:1 (2016) Abstract: The article questions the image that has emerged in secondary sources of Anna Yaroslavna (r. 1050- c. 1075), the Rus-born wife of King Henri I of France (d. 1060), as an “alien queen” who remained […]

Popular Politics and Public Opinion in Late Medieval Paris

Michael Sizer discusses the popular politics of late medieval Paris (1380-1422) and what bearing it may have on the way we understand popular political culture today.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen

Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner

Anne of Brittany, Queen of France

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

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

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

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

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

The Daily Life of a Medieval King

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

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

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.

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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

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

Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle

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

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

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

Castle for Sale: Château de la Chezotte

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

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

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Agnes Mystery – Volume I

A review of the Lady Agnes Mystery by Parisienne author, Andrea Japp.

Medieval Castle for Sale in France: Chateau d’Avezan

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

The Heloise of History

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!

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

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.

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