Semi-cylindrical shield with a flat top edge. The shield was about 95 cm. long in the first half of the fourteenth century but was shortened later in the century. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 249)
*term definitions retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/Glossary)
**image retrieved from wikipedia.org
Since it’s my birthday today, I definitely wanted to post about what happened on this day in medieval history.
1282 - Death of Llywelyn the Last (Llywelyn ap Gruffydd), the last prince of Wales before it was conquered by Edward I
1475 - Birth of Pope Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici); Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther
The Lombards and other Italian merchants first introduced the term bank in the commercial centers of medieval western Europe to signify the business of money. Banks - the term means “credit negotiated on a counter at banco” — grew in the Middle Ages as a result of a wider money economy during the 11th and […]
Isabella: Queen Without a Conscience by Rachel Bard
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Book Publishers Network; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
Average Customer Review on Amazon: 4.5 stars (5 customer reviews)
In her day the beauteous Isabella of Angouleme was called a Jezebel, a sorceress, an adulteress. As the young bride of King John of England she was charged […]
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Spectra (March 1, 1996)
Assassin’s Apprentice is the first of three books in The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. The story is a first-person narrative, told from the point-of-view of an adolescent named Fitz. The first-person perspective offers something a bit different for fantasy, as most […]
“Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)”
A good article discussing the common problems amateur writers face that cause literary agents, publishers, and editors to immediately dismiss submissions. The list includes:
The “To Be” Words
Show, Don’t Tell
[ múrchet ]
Etymology: The word comes from the plural form of daughter, merched, in old Welsh.
1) Payment due to a manorial lord upon marriage.
(Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 234)
2) A payment by unfree tenants for the right to marry off daughters or other female relatives.
(Waugh, Scott. England in the Reign of […]
Date: 733 - 750
Aethelbad’s War involved the kingdoms of Mercia, Wessex, and Northumbria. The Mercian king, Aethelbad (r. 716 - 757), and his cousin Offa — who was to be Athelbad’s successor — invaded Wessex and Northumbria with the vision of unifying England under Mercian rule. At the time, Mercia was one of the […]
Belisarius: The First Shall Be Last by Paolo A. Belzoni
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Arx Pub; 1st edition (December 15, 2006)
Average Customer Review on Amazon: 4 stars (2 customer reviews)
The year is AD 504. The all-powerful Roman Empire lies in tatters, its western provinces dismembered into a patchwork of new kingdoms ruled by barbarians. In […]