Private Force and the Making of States, c. 1100–1500

18th century map of Europe - map of Europe first issued by Daniel de La Feuille in 1702.

This chapter shows how the distinction between the public and the private emerges with respect to the use of force in conjunction with the long rise of the state in Europe.

The Life of Lady Katherine Gordon

Parkin Warbeck (Wikicommons)

This week, Susan Abernethy brings us an article on Lady Katherine Gordon.

The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts

Ethiopian Manuscript. Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 'Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscript' (Photo courtesy of Dani Trynoski)

Los Angeles correspondent, Danielle Trynoski takes through the, ‘Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts’ exhibut at the Getty Museum.

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.

Osthryth, Queen of the Mercians

Mercia - from An English history with illustrations and maps, by E.S. Symes 1905

Osthryth was one of the few women mentioned by the Venerable Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. She was born into a time of great strife. There was much tension and bad blood between the ruling houses of the various kingdoms in England before unification, especially between Mercia and Northumbria.

The Historicity of Imperial Bride-Shows

The emperor Theophilus chooses his empress A.D. 829. - created by Val Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

Seven independent Byzantine sources record that five times in the eighth and ninth centuries the winner in a competition of beautiful women became the bride of an emperor or future emperor.

Challenge to the Throne: the Byzantine Princess Anna Komnene and Conspiracies, 1118-1119

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Today, I will focus on the latter aspect, and look at two conspiracies plans in terms of her character as a princess hungry for power.

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Read an excerpt from Amy Licence’s new book on the 15th century royal couple.

The Power of Medieval States – A Report from the Year 1423

Map of Europe in 1430, created by Lynn H. Nelson

A 15th-century Venetian report estimates on the military and economic strength of the kingdoms and states of Europe

A Tale of too Many Romes: Competing Byzantine and Medieval Claims to Roman Legacy

Map of the Roman Empire, by John Speed

Likewise in the Middle Ages, Rome’s legacy was contested among many powers and interested parties. The eastern (Byzantine) and western (German) emperors insisted that each was the sole legitimate owner of the title ‘Emperor of the Romans.’

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.

The Peaceful Part of the Norman Conquest of England

William the Conqueror

What happened between the Battle of Hastings and William’s coronation on Christmas Day, 1066?

Elizabeth of York, Queen of England

Portrait of Elizabeth of York, now at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth of York symbolized the epitome of the perfect medieval queen. She was beautiful, charitable, and beloved by the people.

The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration and Political Development in Medieval Europe

Map of the Crusades from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1862 edition, by Edward Gibbon

This paper argues that crusader mobilization had important implications for European state formation.

Europe’s Many Worlds and Their Global Interconnections

Map of Europe by Vincenzo Coronelli c 1690

First, I will discuss the three Europes of the Middle Ages: the tri-continental Mediterranean-centred World, the Northern World originating in Scandinavia, and the intermediate Europe north of the Alpine mountains and south of the Baltic Sea.

Power and Politics at the time of King Harald Bluetooth, Denmark

Runeside of Harald Bluetooth's great Jelling stone at the church in Jelling, Denmark - Photo by  Jürgen Howaldt

He was the Harald that won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made pagans Christian, and that is fairly easy to read, but what did he exactly say? What does it meant when he says he won for himself all of Denmark?

The Two Wives of Robert II, King of Scotland

The seal of Robert II, King of Scotland.

Robert II, King of Scots and grandson of Robert the Bruce was a handsome, charming man who had many descendants. He not only had two wives who had numerous children but many mistresses who had babies as well.

Czechs and Poles in the Middle Ages: Rivalry, Cooperation and Alliances

Map of Europe, drawing of c. 1570

The article contains a description of the development of Czech-Polish relations in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Lisbon: Castelo de São Jorge

Walking along the castle walls, you can see the red and green flag of Portugal whipping in the wind alongside the black and white flag of the city. Photo by Medievalists.net.

Above Lisbon’s skyline of colourful tiled houses and red roofs lies Castelo de São Jorge, a dominating, but beautiful, 11th century fortress in the heart of this vibrant city…

The Longest and Shortest Reigns of the Middle Ages

Coronation of Basil as co-emperor, from the Madrid Skylitzes

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for over 63 years – how does this compare to medieval rulers?

Medieval Queens and Queenship: the Present Status of Research in Income and Power

This representation of Margaret of Anjou comes from Illuminations From the Books of the Skinners Company, AD 1422. It was entered in the roll of the fraternity of Our Lady in 1475.

This paper presents some thoughts and conclusions on the state of a multidisciplinary field of Medieval Studies, queens and queenship, concentrating mainly on issues of income and power.

Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

Medieval Empires

Medieval Empires

Throughout the medieval era, many multi-ethnic states emerged – some lasting for just a generation, while others would endure for centuries. Here is our list of twenty empires from the Middle Ages, starting with the most successful.

The First Great Divergence?

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The ‘Papal Revolution’ in late eleventh and early twelfth century western Europe and the unsuccessful campaign by Wang An Shi and his followers to reform the imperial administration of Song China at just the same time are regarded as critical turning points in their respective histories.

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