Our Top 10 Posts of 2015

What was our audience reading in 2015? Here is top ten posts (excluding news), which range from student letters to weird animals.

medieval writing - Jean Miélot at his desk 15th centuryDear Dad, Send Money – Letters from Students in the Middle Ages

If you have a son or daughter attending university, most likely you will be getting a message from them asking for money. Apparently, this is part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of universities in the Middle Ages.


15 Mysteries from the Middle Ages

Here are fifteen mysteries that are still puzzling medieval historians.

10 Creepy Things to See at the Louvre That Are Better Than the Mona Lisa

Here is my list of cool, creepy, unusual and better than the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris.


Top 10 Strange Weapons of the Middle Ages

What were some of the more unusual weapons used by medieval armies? We put together a list of the strangest weapons that were ever used (or even designed) in the Middle Ages.

10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages

Some of our most popular phrases have a long history, including some that go back to the Middle Ages.

Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages

Winter was the most dangerous time in the medieval calendar year. So, how did medieval people cope?

pointy shoes - Detail of a 15th century illuminated manuscript of Renaud de Montauban.10 Fun Fashion Facts from the Middle Ages

Everybody loved straw hats and Italians were enamoured with slipper socks.

Top Ten Superheroes of the Middle Ages

Even in medieval times they had stories and legends about people with extraordinary gifts – saints and warriors with special powers. Here is our list of ten superheroes from the Middle Ages.


Five Great Ladies Who Refused to Be Quiet

In the Middle Ages, the ideal woman was meant to be either a helpmeet in marriage, or a cloistered nun, obedience being paramount in both roles. Human nature being what it is, however, not every woman found it easy to fill one of those narrow roles in society.

Ten Strange Medieval Animals You Might Not Have Heard Of

And may not have existed either! In the Middle Ages, Bestiaries were created to catalogue the various creatures that lived around the world. They would include various animals like horses and lions, along with more fantastical creatures such as dragons and unicorns. Here are ten creatures that are less known but have unusual characteristics. Some were based on real animals, while the origins of others remain a mystery.