Category Archives: Medieval Europe

800 Year Anniversary of Magna Carta

2014 witnessed the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne and of course the centenary of the start of the Great War. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Two new £2 #coins in 2015 mark the 800th Anniversary of #MagnaCarta … Continue reading

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Making sense of the Merovingians

Forty years ago, I could have told you a lot about the Merovingians. No more. Their quarrels are lost in the fog of my mind. Now, along comes Queenship, Iintrigue and Blood-Feud: Deciphering the Causes of the Merovingian Civil Wars, 561-613, … Continue reading

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A new British Library manuscript

Here is lovely picture is the Roman Emperor Vespasian suffering from leprosy. So, is this a medieval medical text? Here's an image from the medieval manuscript just acquired by @britishlibrary @BLMedieval http://t.co/sYQvCPBMKK pic.twitter.com/OCapPUyRWz — Julian Harrison (@julianpharrison) March 6, 2014 Follow … Continue reading

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Planting season!

Now that March is here, its time to get out in the fields! A calendar page for March; tilling the soil, 15th-century style. http://t.co/kri0akrIPM pic.twitter.com/hFb31B1a4G — The British Library (@britishlibrary) March 4, 2014

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Check out this 8th century manuscript!

Sometimes I feel that I do nothing on this blog but shill for the British Library. Perhaps they should pay me! If you are interested in the Middle Ages at all, I really suggest that you open the link embedded … Continue reading

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Pope Joan story debunked

One of the most common historical “truths” that I have encountered in recent years – right up there with Catherine the Great’s love affair with her horse – is that there was a female pope sometime in the 9th century. … Continue reading

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Saints’ Lives … and Deaths

Having grown up surrounded by wall calendars with the Feast Days of the Saints printed in red, I am eagerly awaiting a new series from the British Library medieval manuscripts blog. A beginner's guide to medieval saints with some cute … Continue reading

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