Tag Archives: Medieval

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.

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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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Palm Sunday in Medieval Manuscripts

The episode of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem gave rise to several masterpieces in the pictorial art of the Italian Trecento in the first third of the century (Giotto’s frieze in Padua, Duccio’s predella panel in Sienna, Pietro Lorenzetti’s fresco in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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