Four tales from the Middle Ages about love.
Sultry and deadly seductresses, the Sirens are fearful, yet fascinating creatures that have captivated writers for centuries. But they weren’t always depicted this way – what were the origins of the Sirens and how did they become synonymous with death, destruction, and sin?
By Minjie Su You know the Christmas Cat, – That cat was enormous. People know not where he came from Nor to what…
Whereas the werewolves grieve over their fate, the she-wolves use the power of metamorphosis to deal with those who get in their way, turning this whole wolf thing to their advantage.
Medieval authors were fascinated by werewolves just as much as we are. Yet, despite all the ferocity, the werewolf they imagined is not quite the same monster in our era.
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.