While magic and historical figures seem like polar opposites to many today, in the Middle Ages, they were frequently connected. Medieval historical records even contain several accounts of former kings who used magic in their reigns: one king magically constructed hot baths, while the other used magic to build a bridge over the English Channel.
Looking to get into the Halloween spirit? Check out a few of the ghosts that the medieval literary world has to offer.
In the Middle Ages magic was an accepted and common part of many people’s lives.
Did medieval parents care about manners?
What did children in the Middle Ages read? Was there even such a thing as medieval children’s literature?
A look at Merlin and his prophecies, which anticipated many of the events that would happen over the course of England’s history.
The Great Uprising of 1381 saw a group of dissatisfied peasants and their supporters march on London with demands that the king abolish serfdom and a new poll tax. The revolt remains one of the most widespread insurrections in English history, and it was inspired, in part, by the famous medieval poem Piers Plowman.
One example from medieval England told readers all they needed to know to avoid getting sick during the next pandemic.
In 1301 Walter Langton, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, was accused of using sorcery to acquire a large fortune and gain the favour of the king. His lengthy and inconclusive trial shows that accusations of witchcraft made at this time were often motivated by politics rather than fear
Most people today know the story of King Lear from Shakespeare’s tragic play. But the original story actually comes from the medieval period, and it actually has a very happy ending.
Many of the most signature parts of Christmas in the Middle Ages (and today) actually come from pagan rather than Christian traditions. So, if you want to find out how you can make your Christmas and end of year celebrations just a little bit more pagan, read on!
Scheherazade, the heroine of The Tales of the 1001 Nights, saved her world through stories.
Medieval literature often depicts knights slaughtering their foes in brutal battles. The focus is usually on the glory of the knights and of the battle. But what happened to the bodies after the battle was done?
In the medieval tradition, Merlin was created by demons to bring about the downfall of Christianity.
It takes place within a community of rural “cave-dwellers,” features magical fish bones, presents a prince who is both violent and greedy, and stars a heroine who is much more disobedient and ambitious than the European version.
After the ravages of the plague were finished, medieval peasants found their lives and working conditions improved.