This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Charles Spencer about the 900th anniversary of one of those pivotal moments that sent shockwaves through history: the White Ship disaster.
This talk will expose and explore some of the extensive medieval archives relating to the medieval north (and particularly to Yorkshire) which remain largely unpublished and unexplored.
Edward III, fastidiously adorned in the trappings and iconography of the Arthurian romances and a near-universally celebrated aristocratic cult of chivalry, cut an undeniable dashing figure at the feast table or upon the battlefield, even as his armies cut down dashing figures across France.
Ian Stone talks with David Carpenter about his book Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258
King Edward I of England found not only a role model but a political tool every bit as puissant as the legendary king himself.
As we have explored throughout this series that family was of paramount importance to the twelfth century English aristocracy.
Henry II now enjoys a reputation as a committed and reasonably prolific founder and serial patroniser of monasteries. He was also engaged in another widespread, not to mention potentially politically advantageous aristocratic activity – the siring of illegitimate children.
Although people love to read and learn about The Wars of the Roses, there’s one historical figure who is rarely found in the limelight: Henry VI. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Lauren Johnson about the somewhat forgotten “shadow king” Henry, his life, his illness, and his quiet but important legacy.
The Peasants’ Revolt tested the mettle of teenaged king Richard II in unimaginable ways.
Geoffrey’s devotion to Henry II and the favored status which saw him rise high in his father’s reign
The Metropolitan Police Service – the first modern police force – was only created in London in 1829. So what were the structures in place for keeping order before that?
Emma Wells speaking on Henry VIII and the stripping of the altars in English churches.
Houndtor Medieval Village is one of the most famous deserted medieval villages in England.
Born sometime around the mid 1170s, William Longespée was the son of King Henry II and the most aristocratic and well connected of his known mistresses, Ida de Tosny.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle tells the story of one of her favourite queens, Isabella of France, who went from being a child bride to storming England and toppling an anointed king.
This article explores the relative role of leaders and communities within Bury St
Edmunds, a town in western Suffolk under the lordship of the Abbey of St Edmunds.
The Englishman John Hawkwood was fourteenth-century Italy’s most famous and successful mercenary soldier.
As strange as it may seem, the story of how England was named has never been told.
The present paper deals with the early rolls of arms in medieval England, the so-called general rolls of arms and specifically royal symbols connected to East Central Europe, the Hungarian, the Bohemian and the Polish royal coats of arms.
Hamelin is something of an anomaly, being the only illegitimate royal family member raised to an earldom during the twelfth century who was not the son of a king.
Edward developed a grand strategy for his war against France: use highly disciplined, compact forces to penetrate deep into French territory in chevauchées for the purpose, not of occupying territory, but of wreaking extensive economic, social, and psychological havoc on the French, with the ultimate goal of fatally undermining France’s war effort.
This article uses studies of individual towns, together with civic records and Leland’s Itinerary, to examine the sources and technologies of urban water supplies, the origins of civic piped water systems, their relationships to other local systems, finance, management and oversight.
Edward III would embark on an ambitious programme of military transformation that would ultimately give rise to a revolutionary new “English way of war.”
Taking advantage of the confusion and division created by the inheritance crisis following the death of Henry I, his nephew Stephen seized the throne
Ultimately, the war was caused by the confluence of a series of events – deeply rooted in medieval concepts of statehood and sovereignty that seem alien at first to modern observers – that eventually formed into a cascade that swept both belligerents (as well as the rest of Europe) out of the medieval era and towards their early modern national destinies.