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[…]

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell Series: Saxon Tales Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0061969702 New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with The Pagan Lord, a dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain. At the Read more about The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell[…]

Richard III laid to rest

From Yahoo News: King Richard III of England will be laid back to rest in a wooden coffin sealed inside a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone in Leicester Cathedral, the dean of the cathedral announced Monday (June 16)… …The Plantagenet Alliance and its supporters argued that Richard III had adopted York as his hometown Read more about Richard III laid to rest[…]

Bones of Swedish medieval king examined

From the AP: UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Read more about Bones of Swedish medieval king examined[…]