Not All Fun and Games: The Dangers of the Medieval Tournament

The tournament, with all its elements of theatre and spectacle, was the ideal showground for martial skill, chivalric values, and medieval masculinity. But, behind the glamour, was a dangerous sport that often involved life or death circumstances.

New Year, New You: Early Modern Style

While many people may be making new year’s resolutions to get fitter in 2018, Natalie Anderson takes a look at the early modern obsession with achieving the same goal hundreds of years ago.

The Best Medieval Film: The Case for A Knight’s Tale

Making a medieval movie is a difficult task. Natalie Anderson discusses why, in her opinion, one of the best films set during the Middle Ages is 2001’s A Knight’s Tale.

A Royal Gift Exchange

Natalie Anderson explores the gifts exchanged between two powerful medieval monarchs: King Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.

The Lives of Black Tudors: An Interview with Miranda Kaufmann

Miranda Kaufmann talks about her new book, Black Tudors, which explores the place of Africans in Tudor and Stuart English society.

Sean Cunningham Discusses the Legacy of Arthur Tudor

In a lecture at Bangor University on 2 November 2017, Sean Cunningham talked about the brief but influential life of Arthur Tudor, older brother of Henry VIII and the man who should have been king. 

What Comes After Halloween?: Celebrating All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day

This time of year, it’s normally Halloween, that sugar-filled Bacchanalia, that gets all the attention. But what about its lesser-known follow-ups, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day?

The Modern World of a Medieval Sport

You might think that jousting went extinct after the Middle Ages, but it in fact enjoys a strong modern following.

An Interactive Look at a Printed Masterpiece

Thanks to the British Museum, you can get an up close and personal look at one of the most elaborate prints ever produced.

Topping Off a Tournament

In the tournament, a crest was an unusual and eye-catching piece of a knight’s equipment.

Boys Joust Wanna Have Fun

Training for the tournament was an integral part of medieval boyhood.

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