Early Modern Discovery

Looking back at this day in 1493 the Portuguese-born discoverer Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids when he sailed near the Dominican Republic. He reports seeing three “mermaids” and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” In the history of the discovery of new lands, there can be seen a pattern … More Early Modern Discovery

The Many Emperors in Constantinople – The Conclusion of the Fourth Crusade and the Latin Empire

Today I would like to write about the end of the Fourth Crusade and the beginning of the Latin Empire. The Latin Empire began with the end of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, or rather was a direct result of it. The end of the Fourth Crusade saw several Byzantine Emperors; Alexius III, Alexius IV, … More The Many Emperors in Constantinople – The Conclusion of the Fourth Crusade and the Latin Empire

Girona: Travel guide, Medieval past & Sightseeing

  This post will talk about the small city of Girona in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in Spain within the medieval period, paying particular attention to my recent visit to the city, the Cathedral and the history of Girona’s Jewish population. Girona is roughly 62 miles (22Km) north of its more famous neighbouring city, … More Girona: Travel guide, Medieval past & Sightseeing

How did physicians explain the Black Death?

The Black Death was a new and terrifying epidemic, which raced through several continents without any known cause. By looking at first hand accounts of the Black Death in Europe, as well as modern day perspectives, is it possible to tell whether the immediate responses to the disease can provide an explanation about the medical understanding of … More How did physicians explain the Black Death?

Interview with Dr. James Ross (25th November, 2016 – University of Winchester)

Today we bring you our latest interview with Dr. James Ross who is currently at the University of Winchester, bringing the later middle ages in England to the heart of the medieval history students of our home institution. He has also recently secured funding for a research project focusing on Henry VII and VIII, therefore … More Interview with Dr. James Ross (25th November, 2016 – University of Winchester)

Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society

The various rituals, practices, observances and perceptions of death in the Middle Ages are well worth discussion and debate. Death is and has been a present and fascinating concern for every civilization as it is one of the universal certainties of the human experience. This fascination is heightened however in Medieval European societies where death … More Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society

Was the Devil important to early modern England?

Was Hell that prominent during early modern England? The supernatural was a subject which was wholly believed during the medieval and early modern period. God and Religion would be the people’s savior from Satan and his many demons. The modern perception of this belief would suggest that late medieval to early modern England was a … More Was the Devil important to early modern England?