The truth behind medieval chivalry

From Kathleen McGarvey, University of Rochester: Our popular ideas of the chivalric world are off base, according to historian Richard Kaeuper. The gallant knights on horseback and banners unfurling before exciting tournaments largely come from people in the 19th century who saw the Middle Ages through a romantic haze. Chivalry was a violent, often grisly, phenomenon. Read more about The truth behind medieval chivalry[…]

Bone found at English abbey could be King Alfred the Great

From Fox News: British archeologists are hoping they have discovered partial remains of the ninth-century’s King Alfred the Great at a medieval abbey in southwest England. Preliminary tests suggest that a pelvic bone found in a museum box is either Alfred, or his son, Kind Edward the Elder. The bone was among remains excavated some 15 Read more about Bone found at English abbey could be King Alfred the Great[…]

Medieval history term of the week: Mainmorte

Mainmorte Mortmain. The lord’s right to a share of his men’s personal estate after death. (Duby, Georges. Rural Economy and Country Life in the Medieval West, 555) *term retrieved from Netserf Medieval Glossary  From the Statute of Quia Emptores, 1290, on the buying and selling of land And if he shall have sold to anyone Read more about Medieval history term of the week: Mainmorte[…]

The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade By Susan Wise Bauer Hardcover: 746 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 22, 2010) ISBN-10: 0393059758 Book Description: A masterful narrative of the Middle Ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world. Read more about The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade[…]