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Richard III Prayer book Lambeth Palace Library © LAM 141125

2. March 2017 by


Book of Hours of Richard III


Rumour has it this Book of Hours accompanied Richard III to the Battle of Bosworth. Later defaced by the mother of Henry VII, it has now been digitised.

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The Order of the Star - From Grand Croniques du France Wikipedia web

9. June 2016 by


Geoffrey de Charny c. 1306 -1356


Geoffrey de Charny was the first documented owner of the Shroud of Turin and an accomplished knight, who wrote a famous handbook of Chivalry.

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Reading Beowulf at Kalamazoo 2015

10. May 2016 by


Trends at Kalamazoo


Medievalists in Kalamazoo seem out of sync with a public more interested in ‘Early Medieval history” and ‘Beowulf’ than Chaucer and literature

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Roskilde seen from the Firth wikipedia

9. May 2016 by


From Lejre to Roskilde


Around AD 1000 the royal seat in Lejre had lost its political power to the Jelling Dynasty, which founded a new royal centre at of Roskilde.

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Odin from Lejre © Ole Malling/ Roskilde Museum

9. May 2016 by


Odin from Lejre? Freya? Or Völva?


Is the silver figurine from Lejre representing Odin? Freya? Or perhaps a völva, a Viking sorceress? Many interpretations have been put forward

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Herjolfsnæs © Christian Koch Madsen 2009

19. April 2016 by


The Medieval Warm Period


The medieval warm period (AD 725 - 1025) was characterised by little solar activity and few volcanic eruptions. This resulted in climate stability and economic and demographic growth

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Memorial for the battle of Mori. Wikipedia

10. April 2016 by


Mongol Horrors in Hungary 1241


In 1241 - 42 the Mongol invasions of Hungary caused widespread destruction Recently, a house filled with the charred remains of murdered victims plus a forgotten treasure reminds us of these horrors.

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St Mary in Elsinore - Hans Pothorst

7. April 2016 by


Expedition to Newfoundland 1472


In 1472 an expedition was mounted by the Danish king in order to o explore the riches of Iceland and Greenland. Some believe they reached Newfoundland

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Lectionarius gallicanus, c. 700. From the Abbey of Luxeuill

6. February 2016 by


The Merovingians


The Merovingians was the name of the warlords and later royal family, which led the Post-Roman Frankish kingdom from c. 480 CE to 751 CE

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