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Strategies of War in Westeros

Introduction: George R.R. Martin’s Westeros seems to have an unreasonably large number of battles compared to the real Middle Ages. In A Clash of Kings there are no less than five field actions during the course of Robb Stark’s one-year … Continue reading

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Joan of Arc through the Ages: In Art and Imagination

Introduction: Since her death at the hands of the English in 1431, Joan of Arc has inspired and puzzled millions. The poor peasant girl who rallied the French to victory at Orléans has fuelled the imagination of artists, authors, poets, and … Continue reading

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What Happened To Prisoners Of War In Medieval England

Every medieval English monarch had to decide how to deal with prisoners of war. Ruling over territory that sometimes ran from the highlands of Scotland to the south of France, their authority rested on violence. Fighting the French, Scots, Welsh, … Continue reading

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Lords and Commons in Late Medieval England

As the government’s bill to trigger article 50 and leave the European Union progresses through the House of Lords, the relationship between the Lords and the Commons is once more under discussion. In today’s blog, Dr Simon Payling, Senior Research Fellow … 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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