Here are five foods associated with Christmas that originated in the Middle Ages.
If you wanted to see the manger where Jesus Christ was born, or the finger bones of Saint Nicholas (the original Santa Claus), you could have done so at an English abbey in the 15th century.
At the feasts of Christmas, which he kept with great solemnity, crowds of knights and squires from Gascony waited on him, to all of whom he gave splendid entertainments.
Ludolph of Saxony’s 14th century work The Life of Christ offers an extended version of the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus.
Here are 15 questions about the history of Christmas. See how many you can answer!
By Emma “Bruni” Boast Everyone knows that a lot of the modern Christmas traditions stem from previous pagan cultural ones. What are the seasonal…
Christmas is around the corner, are you worried about hosting the perfect medieval feast? Lady Matilda has you covered.
I’d like to suggest a few common and simple medieval recipes for your table.
The Hours of Charles of Angoulême was commissioned c. 1485 by the Count of Angoulême, and is undeniably Robinet Testard’s most personal work. Around the same time (c. 1500), in England, the illuminator Jean Poyer finished his masterpiece, The Hours of Henry VIII.
This thesis examines the late medieval English carol, an important indigenous musical form that is abundant in a number of sources from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth century, both with and without extant musical notation.
The first of our holiday issues! Christmas cheer, Medieval style! A mulled wine recipe, monastic brewing practices, Japanese Anime’s take on Medieval legends, and the Circumcision of Christ. We’ve got your table talk covered in in this issue, so pass the gravy!
York Becomes Home of Medieval Christmas Celebrations York’s historic Barley Hall is hosting a special exhibition exploring the lost Christmas celebrations of ordinary…
Happy holidays from Medievalists.net! Medieval holiday traditions, the story of how Nicholas became Santa Claus, and some tasty treats for your holiday feast.…
A look at the history behind Epiphany and Twelfth Night.
Surviving Winter in the Middle Ages: How did people stay warm? What did they eat? What did they do?
Advent in the Middle Ages
In the summer of 2013 the Rijksmuseum acquired a rare Late Gothic Christmas Crib (c. 1510-20). In the 15th century tangible aids – devotionalia – were promoted to support meditation, to accomplish as it were a link between God and the soul of the believer.
How did a 4th century bishop become the jolly man who comes down the chimney with gifts for children on Christmas?
Christmas has long been associated with gift giving, but one suspects that Asterius of Amasea would not like seeing all those presents under the Christmas tree!
One of the most iconic traditions of Christmas is having a tree in your house, decorating it and placing the presents underneath. How early did this tradition begin?
Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues.
I would like to start with two responses to the performance of Christmas plays that provide some insight into their effect on the socialization of the Christian communities in which they were performed.
Scandinavian and Sicilian girls eagerly await the arrival of Saint Lucy on 13 December.