From Winchester Cathedral to the Rosslyn Chapel, the walls of Britain’s religious houses echo with the voices of a long-dead past. But why is medieval graffiti so commonplace? And what does it mean for modern historians? In a recent article for History Extra, Jessica Hope explores various meanings behind the countless examples of graffiti which … More Medieval Graffiti: the boredom of choirboys?
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?
In the past, it seems to have been more common for demonology to be associated with women. This can be seen in the later Medieval period where women were seen as more prone to witchcraft than men. This is based on traditional beliefs of what was perceived as basic female nature, much of it being … More Women in Renaissance Portraiture
Today’s musical November post takes us back again to Italy, however this we will be promenading down the 18th century alongside the music of one of my favourite composers since I was a child: Antonio Vivaldi. My dad used to play a lot of classical music to me when I was little, and I grew … More Timur and Bayezid I: Vivaldi’s Turkish Delight
As part of our Musical November month, and as my first contribution to the Winchester History blog, I will be looking at the story of Wagner’s Rienzi. First performed in 1842, Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (usually shortened to Rienzi) is an opera by Richard Wagner. It tells the story of Cola di Rienzi in his attempt, … More Richard Wagner: Rienzi
As part of our musical November theme, we are covering historical events that are related with some exceptional and interesting modern pieces of music. Our case for today offers us with a window into the 14th and 19th century, to learn about a powerful Italian man, and from the point of view of another Italian; … More Simone Boccanegra: Verdi’s Doge
Today’s post is partly inspired by the 2010 movie starring Sean Bean called Black Death, where Bean plays the part of a medieval crusader in his quest of purging this damned community whose members do not seem to have been contaminated by the plague. I re-watch the film the other day and I remembered this … More Pestering Society: The Black Death and the Changes in Late Medieval Culture
Rulers throughout history have used the visual arts in order to express and substantiate their power. Visual art allows the illiterate, quasi-literate and literate masses alike to grasp concepts that cannot be transmuted through written sources such as books or parliamentary rolls. The ability to disseminate information to a wide demographic gave kings in this … More Edward III, Power and Politics: Edward III’s Great Seals.
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
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