A topic that I have seen a lot of misconceptions about in the past is the use and effectiveness of plate armour of the Late Medieval/Renaissance period. A lot of this comes in the form of tropes from movies, as well video games to some extent. Some examples show the armour to be completely useless, … More Medieval and Renaissance Plate Armour: How effective was it really?
‘Given in the meadow that is called Runnymede between Windsor and Staines, 15 June’. The Magna Carta Libertatum remains as one the most important piece of legislation in English history, a foundation for liberty, prosperity for the church and a cornerstone between the rights of an unpopular king and his dissatisfied barons. Constructed by the … More 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta
The stigma of illegitimacy is a mark that remained prevalent up until the late twentieth century, yet none more so than in the England of the 13th century. Due to the Catholic Church of the 1200’s condemnation of sex outside marriage, fornication with the result of an illegitimate child was a sin. However within the … More The Stigma of Illegitimacy in Medieval England and Wales
This is something I worked on sometime ago. Now I am a medievalist but Late Medieval England is certainly not my thing. I had to do some research about Edward I as an undergraduate and I found it quite tough, as I wasn’t all that interested…However, the approach I took helped me understand a monarch … More The Legacy of Edward I: Beyond Robert Bruce and the Scots
The Kingdom of Serbia was a medieval Serbian Kingdom that existed from 1217 to 1346. It was ruled by the Nemanjić dynasty and was formed from the previous Serbian Grand Principality that was based in Raška. The Kingdom lasted until 1346 when it became The Serbian Empire. The Grand Principality of Serbia in the Raška … More The Formation of the Kingdom of Serbia
The Albigensian Crusade was the Holy War undertaken against the Cathars in the early thirteenth century which was launched by Pope Innocent III. It lasted for twenty years and aimed to drive out the ‘heretics’ from the Languedoc region in Southern France. So, what were the beliefs of the Cathars? And why were they considered … More The Albigensian Crusade