5th Century Germanic Settlement Uncovered in Kent

A team of 30 archaeologists has been studying debris at the site in Rushenden, on the Isle of Sheppey, to learn how the original settlers lived.
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Medieval History Term of the Week: Heater Shield

Heater Shield
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

Medieval Timeline: Today in Medieval History

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

*Sculpture […]

A Brief History of Medieval Banks

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 […]

Medieval Historical Fiction Novel of the Week

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)
Product Description:
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 […]

Review of Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Spectra (March 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 055357339X
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 […]

The 10 Common Mistakes of Amateur Writers

“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:

Flat Writing
Empty Adverbs
Phony Dialogue
No-Good Suffixes
The “To Be” Words
Show, Don’t Tell
Awkward Phrasing

Medieval History Term of the Week: Merchet

[ 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 […]

Famous Wars in Medieval History: Aethelbad’s War

Aethelbad’s War
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 […]

Medieval Historical Fiction Novel of the Week

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)
Product Description:
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 […]