Tag Archives: Religion

Script on Screen – Irish Manuscript Archive

Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) is a fantastic resource that allows you to explore high quality scanned images of Irish manuscripts.

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Till death do us part? Divorce in medieval England

Two weeks ago we discussed medieval marriage, now what happens if a marriage breaks down in middle ages. In the middle ages, Church courts dealt with all religious matters including marriage, divorce and the punishment of adultery. Even after the … Continue reading

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How to Cheat on a Virginity Test

During the Middle Ages a woman’s virginity was highly prized (meanwhile it did not seem to matter too much whether or not a man was a virgin). A lady was expected not to have sex until she was married, and … Continue reading

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Sex in the Middle Ages

Historians of the Middle Ages have been exploring issues related to sex and sexuality. Here are some of the more interesting pieces of research we have uncovered about sex in the Middle Ages.

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Ritual, Behaviour and Symbolic Communication in the dispute between Thomas Becket and King Henry II

Thomas Becket and Henry II have been in the news lately after a mention during the Comey testimony (read more: Why did James Comey say, ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?’)   Introduction: Historians looking at ritual and … Continue reading

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A Medieval French Wedding

During medieval times in France, there were no standardized religious rites practiced by the church. Each region maintained their own traditions. Fortunately we have a manuscript from the cathedral of Bordeaux which narrates the ritual of the archdiocese in 1460.

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