A Tale of Two Surgeons: John Bradmore & Thomas Morstede

This post covers a small part of the careers of two fascinating and talented individuals, whose expertise in their field marks them out as worthy of a mention. This profession is one that often receives much bad press- that of the Medieval surgeon. The two terms together in a sentence may conjure up images of … More A Tale of Two Surgeons: John Bradmore & Thomas Morstede

On Medieval Clocks

There is a simple, everyday device which influences much of our lives and our time. We take it for granted, and perhaps don’t even pause to consider or realise how much many of the events of out day may be based around it. It sits on many a wall, innocuous, perhaps even largely unnoticed, except … More On Medieval Clocks

The Great Unwashed?

How many times do you hear or see it stated that medieval people hardly ever washed? Is it correct to assume that the men and women of the medieval period restricted bathing to an annual (or even more infrequent) activity, and so smelled almost all of the time? In trying to answer these questions I … More The Great Unwashed?

Jousters, Tumblers, and Shinbone Skates- A Brief History of Medieval Sport

In a bid to be ‘relevant’ and tie in with the London Olympic Games, August will see a series of sport-related posts of which this is the first.  Myself as the eccentric Medievalist naturally wanted to do something related to the medieval period, but a post specifically related to jousting would likely not have been … More Jousters, Tumblers, and Shinbone Skates- A Brief History of Medieval Sport

Science and Technology in the European Middle Ages

The European Middle Ages, particularly the Pre-Conquest Early Medieval period is generally associated with superstition, scientific and educational ignorance, the stifling of progress by religious fanaticism, and general ‘backwardness’. The term ‘Dark Ages’ is still often applied to the Period between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century, with the Negative … More Science and Technology in the European Middle Ages