Immigration in Medieval England

I don’t so much care to discuss current immigration politics, but since that is all the news is covering lately, I thought it would be interesting to look up what immigration was like in England during the Middle Ages. The following article from medievalists.net references England particularly during the 14th – 16th centuries. This period Read more about Immigration in Medieval England[…]

Podcast Planet Money, Episode 742: Making Bank

From NPR: During the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrims en route to Jerusalem had a problem. They needed to pay for food, transport and accommodation during their journey across Europe, which could take months. They also didn’t want to carry large amounts of precious coinage because they’d become a target for robbers. This became an obstacle Read more about Podcast Planet Money, Episode 742: Making Bank[…]

The truth behind medieval chivalry

From┬áKathleen 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[…]

Ghostly faces and invisible verse found in medieval King Arthur text

From Fox News: Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. Read Read more about Ghostly faces and invisible verse found in medieval King Arthur text[…]