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Today in Medieval History

Nov. 20 1316 – King John 1, called The Posthumous, died. He was only five years old. His uncle, Phillip V, was accused of causing his death.

Character Background

I’ve been working on editing the first three chapters of my novel and re-working my query letter and synopsis. I also thought I’d spend some time on my character backgrounds. I found this set of questions which addresses various aspects of your characters. As an exercise, I am planning to… Read More »Character Background

Elections in Medieval England

The following article examines the birth of parliament in medieval England. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/birth_of_parliament_01.shtml Topics covered include: Early parliaments Emergence of the commons Kings, lords, and commons Elections and constituencies Complaint and redress Parliament and political opposition

World Without End Mini-Series

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As a follow-up to the mini-series Pillars of the Earth, based on the novel by Ken Follett, they are making another mini-series based on the sequel World Without End. It is somewhat of a unique sequel in that the novel was written nearly twenty years after the Pillars of the Earth,… Read More »World Without End Mini-Series

Novel Update

I just realized it’s been months since I last gave an update on my novel. I am still busily working on it. Over the summer, I received some nice feedback that helped me a lot in re-editing my first three chapters. I feel those are even better now. I also… Read More »Novel Update

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

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Each year, the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society holds a big two day re-enactment event surrounding the battle that occurred on September 25th, 1066. This years event will be held on September 22nd/23rd. It attracts around 300-400 Saxon and Viking warriors. These folks set up living history tents and then re-enact various aspects… Read More »The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

Kingdom of Northumbria

The kingdom of Northumbria originally consisted of the two independent kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira. Bede writes that Ida was the earliest king of Bernicia. In the early seventh century, Ethelfrith expelled the heir to Deira and ruled over both Bernicia and Deira for the first time, forming Northumbria. A… Read More »Kingdom of Northumbria

The Huscarls

The huscarls were the household troops of the English king. The traditional meaning of the term in Old Norse meant simply a household servant. The term later evolved to reference the personal bodyguard of the king. It is believed the huscarls were firmly established in England under the reign of… Read More »The Huscarls