Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas is one of the largest surviving medieval manuscripts in the world. Believed to have been created by Herman the Recluse in the Benedictine monastery of Podlazice in Bohemia, the collection contains the Vulgate Bible as well as additional historical documents written in Latin. The monastery was destroyed during the Hussite Revolution. For Read more about Codex Gigas[…]

King Henry VIII

What did King Henry VIII really want from a wife?

From the BBC: Henry VIII: Britain’s most famous king. Big, bold and brash, he is the epitome of ‘Merrie England’. Ruling between 1509 and 1547, his marriages to a succession of six women became something of a Tudor soap opera and probably his most talked-about legacy. So, as king of England and one of Europe’s Read more about What did King Henry VIII really want from a wife?[…]

Why Are the Middle Ages Often Characterized as Dark or Less Civilized?

Good article by Tim O’Neill, M.A. in medieval literature, regarding several misconceptions about the medieval period. It’s clear that there was a collapse in learning and much technical capacity as a result of the fragmentation and chaos that followed the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe. In places such as southern Gaul or northern Spain, Read more about Why Are the Middle Ages Often Characterized as Dark or Less Civilized?[…]

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Britain Begins by Barry Cunliffe

Britain Begins by Barry Cunliffe Paperback: 568 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2014) ISBN-10: 0199679452 Product Description: The last Ice Age, which came to an end about 12,000 years ago, swept the bands of hunter gatherers from the face of the land that was to become Britain and Ireland, but as Read more about Britain Begins by Barry Cunliffe[…]

Morcar, Earl of Northumbria

Morcar was the Earl of Northumbria from 1065-1066. He was the son of Ælfgar (earl of Mercia) and brother of Eadwine (or Edwin), earl of Mercia. He was the grandson of Leofric and Godiva. Morcar rose to power at the appointment of the thegns in York due to the tyrannical rule of Tostig, the brother of Read more about Morcar, Earl of Northumbria[…]