Tag Archives: Politics
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
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.
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
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
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
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