Palm Sunday in Medieval Manuscripts

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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 power through a brutal murder? Levi Roach investigates…

Illustration by Sarah Young.

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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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Your input: focus for next month

I’m thinking about doing a month focused around a single theme or topic, which one do you want to see?

  1. Women
  2. Cultures outside of Europe
  3. Health & Medicine
  4. Food & Cooking

Please comment with your choice. I will add up the comments this weekend.

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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 of the issues surrounding the truth of Richard’s reign.

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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 the King’s Duchy of Cornwall estate in 1483.

The documents are now being sold at auction.

As many people in Leicestershire will be well aware, Richard III is one of the most infamous characters in British history, known for usurping the throne from his nephew.

He was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth, being succeed by King Henry VII.

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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 sapped the strength of the Almohad state in North Africa, has received little attention from modern scholars, particularly in the west.

It is our aim to contextualize the revolt of the Banū Ghāniya and Qarāqūsh’s expeditions within the wider African and Mediterranean worlds. In particular, we will shed light on the economic background of the great power rivalries that affected North Africa during this period. The Banū Ghāniya were descendants of the Almoravids who established a principality in the Balearic Islands after the fall of the Almoravid state in the mid-twelfth century. In 1184 they invaded North Africa and fought against the Almohads in a struggle which lasted until the 1230s and ranged from Tripoli to Sijilmāsa under the amirs ʿAlī (1184-1187) and Yaḥyā b. Ghāniya (1188-1235?).

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