At first sight, Jóns saga leikara is but your average chivalric romance, filled with exciting but somewhat generic little adventures.
The wild landscape in the medieval imagination is both enchanting and enchanted.
King Arthur goes on a quest to learn ‘the nature or the heart of a woman’. What did he find out?
Can win a medieval kingdom by being able to stand very still (and with just a little bit of scheming)?
Far from being a damsel in distress, the Maiden King is a damsel who creates distress
As one of the most aspiring female characters on the show, Lagertha in the TV series Vikings is introduced as the wife of Ragnarr Loðbrók and a renowned shieldmaiden – women who fight fearlessly in the battlefront. But where does Lagertha’s story originate?
What can be more glorious, more tempting than the conquest of death?
In composing Vita Karoli Magni, Einhard borrows heavily from Suetonius’s De vita Caesarum – Vita divi Augusti in particular – and Annales regni Francorum.
I felt both very thrilled and scared when I learned that they had made a Tolkien biopic.
The one story that I wish to tell today is from Erikskrönikan, or ‘The Chronicle of Duke Erik’.
Suppose girls cannot inherit, but your only child is a daughter and you happen to have an enormous inheritance, what will you do?
Once upon a time, in a mountainous region somewhere in Iceland, something strange took place that was at the same time puzzling and frightening: every year
I wanted to make them a little book to read so they might learn and study and understand the good and evil that has already happened, in order to keep them from that which is yet to come.
“I’ve never feared for myself any more than I did when I was entangled with that devil…”
In medieval literature boars made teh perfect enemies that the hero must conquer in order to complete their quest.
In addition to being a story celebrating courtly love and all the romance tropes, Guillaume de Palerne is essentially a story of transformation and disguise
It won’t take you long to spot an ‘Elen More’ among the courtiers of King James IV. Or the ‘Moorish Lass’, as they dubbed her.
Darkness is where the light ends but the imagination begins.
Looking to get some culinary expertise from the Middle Ages? Try these four recipes from the fifteenth-century.
Queen, landed lady, priestess – all these are but some of the roles that this powerful lady played in life. Thanks to the oracle bone inscriptions, we can piece together Fu Hao’s life and career
The island is in fact loaded with medieval things, which I’ve decided to share with you here.
The longhouses built in the Norse world were more than just simple structures that served as places of shelter. In many ways they had a life of their own.
Have you ever wondered how medieval people really fought with swords?
The highly anticipated Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition has turned the British Library into a treasure hoard.