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10 Great Tips from the Middle Ages

How to Sleep, How to take care of your cat, how to tell if someone is not dead! Medieval people give their advice on just about anything! From the new book ‘Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear‘ … Continue reading

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The Shortest Reigns of the Middle Ages

Reaching the throne was one thing, staying on it another! Here is our list of ten medieval rulers who had very short reigns (as little as one day) and who often came to end by bloody means.

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England’s Grand Mothers

  Most of England’s medieval royal women were mothers. After all, babies were an important part of the unwritten job description. Only a small number of those medieval royal mothers, however, achieved the next step. Active and engaged grandmothers were … Continue reading

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 10 Facts on Motherhood and Children in the Middle Ages

In honour of Mother’s Day here is ten facts about Motherhood and Childhood based on Jeffrey L. Singman’s The Middle Ages: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe.  The book offers a great glimpse into life in the Middle Ages from the perspective of … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Tyranny

Tyranny Dan concludes his part-dramatised history of the Plantagenet dynasty by examining the extraordinary story of Richard II, who ascended the throne when he was 10 years old. He won respect for his actions during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Revenge

Revenge Dan Jones continues his history of the Plantagenet dynasty with a look at Edward II, who ruled England between 1307 and 1327. In a story of murder, intrigue, lust, betrayal and revenge, the historian explores whether there is any … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Hatred

Hatred Dan Jones continues his history of the Plantagenets by focusing on Henry III, who wanted to restore the empire his father John had lost, but his poor leadership meant the barons refused to give him the funds he required. … Continue reading

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