The Best of in 2018 – Top 5 Longform Articles

The year 2018 has seen a lot of changes to, including an expansion in our roster of writers. We wanted to end the year off by showcasing some of the best articles that appeared on our website over the last 12 months – pieces that offer fascinating looks at the medieval world.

Six Degrees of Chaucer: How Southwark Shaped The Canterbury Tales

Danièle Cybulskie contributed this piece, which looks at the research being done by Sebastian Sobecki on Geoffrey Chaucer. It includes some revelations on how the cast characters from The Canterbury Tales is connected to a poll tax.


Tattooed Vikings? A look at medieval body art

Minjie Su deals with the question – did the Vikings have tattoos?

“A Well-Regulated Militia”: The Medieval Origins of the Second Amendment

Ken Mondschein wrote this article that connects the notion of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” with the medieval development of gunpowder weapons.

Sultana Raziya of Delhi: Pillar of Women and Queen of the Eras

One of our new columnists, Adam Ali, offered this biography of a thirteenth-century female ruler.


5,000,000 words: How St. Augustine’s works made it into the Middle Ages

Shari Boodts also started with us in 2018, penning a series on Augustine in the Middle Ages. Here is the first of her series, which looks at what happened to his works during his lifetime and shortly after his death.

These are only a few of the many new articles that have been added to over the last year, and as we continue to expand our website, you will see even more pieces coming in, which we hope will entertain, intrigue and educate our readers.

Top Image: King Solomon reading – from British Library MS Additional 11639   f. 116