Jerusalem has always been home to many different religions. It has been depicted in history as the very centre of the world, and has been the Holy city for all Christians, Muslims and Jews. But despite this, it has also been the home of conflict and war for centuries, even continuing to the present day. … More Was Jerusalem multicultural?
Due to the reading I have been doing recently I wanted to write something about the schism of the church in 1054. The schism has been widely written about over the past several decades, but I find it still interesting to research. First, some basic facts about the period. In 1054 there were several major … More The Schism of 1054
Once again, I am doing a runner back to my roots. When I graduated from University, I had done more work on art history and the Normans that there were modules available, I swear – probably because that it what my dissertation was about, but regardless, Norman art and architecture, the peak of the Romanesque, … More A Guide to Norman Art and Architecture in Southern Italy and Sicily
In c.1028 a key player in one of the biggest historical upheavals in English history was born to an unmarried French woman. Herleva was a member of the ducal household of Normandy in the lower ranks of society, potentially the daughter of a tanner, but had been a short-standing mistress to the Robert I who … More Up to 1066 – The Early Life of the Conqueror
A traveller going to Winchester in the century after the Norman Conquest would be entering a governmental and administrative centre to rival London. Winchester had been the capital of Wessex, and later of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries, and after its surrender to the Normans in November in 1066 it did not seem … More A Brief Tour of Norman Winchester
In this blog update I am going to talk about William the Conqueror and his relation with the Papacy concerning the Post-Conquest English church. As everyone knows William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 and defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings leaving the kingdom under Norman rule. This famous period in English history … More William the Conqueror’s England and its relations with the Papacy
King Harold II, or Harold Godwineson is one of the best known monarchs in British History, mainly because of the infamous events surrounding his succession to the throne, the near constant warfare that plagued his short reign, and his ignominious death on the field of Hastings as the last of the Saxon kings who had … More The Real King Harold