Category Archives: Politics

Ælfthryth: England’s first queen

 Happy International Women’s Day.   We look at the life and history of England’s first queen.  She wielded more influence than any Anglo-Saxon woman before her and, in doing so, redefined the role of ‘king’s wife’. But did Ælfthryth cement her … Continue reading

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Dracontius and the Wider World: Cultural and Intellectual Interconnectedness in Late Fifth-Century Vandal North Africa

    Introduction: The traditional image of Vandal North Africa is one of oppression, persecution, military aggression, and, ultimately, societal decay: the antagonistic thassalocracy of Gaiseric, the Arian strong-arming of Huneric, and the weak decadence described by Procopius.

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Medieval accounts from Richard III’s rule found among job lot of 1930s royal trinkets and souvenirs

Following up on the story posted yesterday here is more in depth information about the discovery of personal documents belonging to Richard III during his time as king.  It is supremely rare to discover documents from this period and is part … Continue reading

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Bundle of old documents bought at low-key auction turn out to be Richard III’s financial accounts

By Katrina Chilver They are from a big year in British history A bundle of old documents bought at a low-key auction have been identified as Richard III’s financial accounts from the year he took the throne. The paperwork relates to … Continue reading

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The Struggle for North Africa between Almohads, Ayyubids, and Banū Ghāniya

  Abstract: This thesis is concerned with the invasion of the Almohad Empire by the Banū Ghāniya of Majorca and the Ayyubid amir Sharaf al-Dīn Qarāqūsh in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries A.D. This long and destructive conflict, which … Continue reading

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An Emperor’s Christmas at Eltham in 1400

The south London suburb of Eltham today seems an improbable location for a Medieval Christmas celebration involving kings and emperors, but the area was, in the Fifteenth Century, in open countryside, just a day’s ride from London, but sufficiently distant … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Medieval Court

Though Christmas was very different in the Middle Ages, many of the pastimes and activities that we associate with it would have been familiar to medieval people. Feasting, playing games, singing, drinking around a fire, decorating the house with evergreens, … Continue reading

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