Medieval Graffiti: the boredom of choirboys?

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?

Medieval and Renaissance Plate Armour: How effective was it really?

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?

Pestering Society: The Black Death and the Changes in Late Medieval Culture

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

Edward III, Power and Politics: Edward III’s Great Seals.

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.

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