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Cheat Sheet to the Medieval Henrys

Are you confused by all the medieval people named Henry? Cait Stevenson provides you this awesome guide! Unless your workout power song is Saboton’s “Carolus Rex,” chances are your prototypical idea of a medieval king is King Henry, whose showdown … Continue reading

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What’s more bloody – Game of Thrones or the Wars of the Roses?

Has Game of Thrones become far too bloody? Surprisingly, statistical analyses actually indicate that the fictional show is quite realistic compared to a real life medieval civil war. As queen Cersei, one of the story’s central characters, proclaims: “When you play … Continue reading

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What was Livery and Maintenance (or Retaining)?

Livery and Maintenance went hand-in-hand with chivalry, and created problems throughout the high middle ages. Once I realized that “retaining” was the verb for “retainer” I started to get the idea. The noble or king had his retainers, who were … Continue reading

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The Animated Bayeux Tapestry

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College. Just as the historic original embroidary does, the animation depicts the lead up to to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066. Starts about halfway through … Continue reading

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Medieval Islamic Thought and the ‘What is X?’ Question

Introduction: In his early dialogues Plato presents a Socrates who goes around raising the famous “what is x?” question and receiving no satisfactory answer. In the case of Medieval Islamic Thought the raising of the “what is x?” question is fraught … Continue reading

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The Poll Tax, Part 2: The Peasants’ Revolt is sparked

A continuation of The Poll Tax, Part 1: The Cupboard is Bare. By the Parliament of 1380, the Commons were up against the wall. The government under the new Chancellor Sudbury was desperate for money. In France, the earl of … Continue reading

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The Poll Tax, Part One: The Cupboard is Bare

  Although the poll tax was said to have been used all the back to ancient times, it’s most widely remembered in relation to the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. According to Wikipedia: “The word ‘poll’ is an archaic term for … Continue reading

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