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10 Medieval rabbits that hate Easter and want to kill you

Around this time of year you might think of rabbits as cuddly-wuddly lickle fluffykins that hide Easter eggs, but in the Middle Ages they didn’t give you chocolate, they murdered you. 1. Advertisements

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Queen’s ‘heart of gold’ stolen from French museum

Schoolchildren look at the relic of the heart of the French queen Anne of Brittany It narrowly escaped being melted down after the French Revolution, but a 16th century gold case containing the heart of the only woman to have … Continue reading

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Medieval Easter Traditions

Easter is full of odd traditions when you stop to think about them for a moment—why do chocolate eggs come from rabbits, and what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?–and predictably, a good deal of that … Continue reading

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Experience a Medieval Easter in Kyivian Rus

Easter celebrations in Kyivan Rus park near the Ukrainian capital had a historic touch. The event organizers amazed the crowds with reenactments of knightly battles, archery competitions, and lessons on Ukrainian Easter traditions.

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A hunt for medieval Easter eggs

Easter eggs are a popular symbol of the springtime holiday, but did you know that the association of eggs and Easter is much older than our modern chocolate varieties? During the Middle Ages, the period of 40 days before Easter … Continue reading

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The Giving and Withholding of Consent in Late Twelfth-Century French Literature

Introduction: My investigations into the depiction and punishment of rape in late twelfth-century literature in northern France stem from a particular interest in some of the earlier branches of the Roman de Renart. One of these early tales recounts how … Continue reading

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Episcopal Virginity in Medieval England

  Introduction: In his classic study of medieval sainthood, André Vauchez outlines the qualities which characterised a saint-bishop in mid-twelfth-century Europe: ‘He was not expected to perform ascetic exploits or shine as a scholar, but be sober and temperate. What was … Continue reading

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