Middle Ages

  1. Joanna of Flanders: Heroine and Exile by Julie Sarpy

    Who was Joanna of Flanders and how did I stumble upon her? Joanna of Flanders, Countess de Montfort and Duchess of Brittany, abruptly vanished from public life after 1343 amidst the Breton Wars of Succession during the Hundred Years’ War.  As wife of the late Duke John de Montfort, Joanna’s rightful place was in Brittany as regent of the duchy...
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  2. The Anarchy: The Darkest Days of Medieval England by Teresa Cole

    One amazing year of Anarchy Before he died in December 1135, King Henry I of England had all the nobility of England and Normandy swear to accept his daughter, the Empress Matilda, as his successor. Before he was buried in January 1136, his nephew Stephen of Blois had been crowned as the new king. There followed a struggle for the...
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  3. Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom by Annie Whitehead

    Writing an account of the history of Mercia from c. 605 to 1071 was not without its challenges. The primary sources are scant, often contradictory, and many were lost during the upheaval of the Viking raids. But it is possible to piece together the story of the ancient kingdom through careful examination of the sources. Anglo-Saxon England is a long...
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  4. Women in Medieval England by Lynda Telford

    Medieval Prostitution This has always been one of the most misunderstood areas of the lives of women in any era, and women at the centre of the sex industry have endured similar conditions throughout the centuries. They have been considered sinful, unclean, the destroyers of happy homes and the carriers of disease – but few of those who used or...
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  5. 50 Medieval Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme by Michael Lewis

    How public finds are changing our understanding of Britain’s Medieval past You might have spotted those guys in fields, often wearing camouflage, swinging a metal-detector left to right (and back again), looking for ‘treasure’… and wondered what they actually find! A testament to their efforts can be found on an online database of archaeological (finds.org.uk) maintained by the British Museum’s...
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  6. Heroines of the Medieval World by Sharon Bennett Connolly

    On Saturday, 14th October, Conisbrough Castle was the venue for my first talk after the release of my book, Heroines of the Medieval World. In the glorious sunshine, the Castle looked spectacular, the ideal setting for a history talk. I grew up just 5 miles from Conisbrough Castle and so, as a child, every summer holiday included a picnic at...
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