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The Lancastrian Retreat from Populist Discourse? Propaganda Conflicts in the Wars of the Roses

This article explores an aspect of the propaganda wars that were conducted between the Lancastrian and Yorkist sides during the series of conflicts historians refer to as the Wars of the Roses.

The sons of Eadmund Ironside, Anglo-Saxon king at the court of Saint Stephen

Eadmund Ironside died shortly after his agreement with Canute, King of Denmark, deciding the boundaries of his realm. His decease took place on 30th November 1016.

Richard I and Berengaria of Navarre

Berengaria of’ Navarre was brought to Richard’s court, then at Messina in Sicily, in March 1191. She accompanied the crusader-king on his journey east and they were married in Cyprus, at Limassol, on 12 May 1191.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen

Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth of York, Queen of England

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

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

Europe’s Many Worlds and Their Global Interconnections

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

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

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

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

Medieval Lisbon: Castelo de São Jorge

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

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 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.

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